Leading African bank, Absa Bank Uganda has sponsored the top 5 qualifying professionals and top 5 amateurs from the 2022 Absa PRO-AM golf tournament of the Uganda Golf Open to the 2023 Magical Kenya Open.
This was announced on Tuesday evening during the closing ceremony of the prestigious PRO-AM tournament at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa, Kigo.
Joshua Seale,Silver Opio, Robson Chinhoi, Simon Ngige and Celestine Nsanzuwera were the top 5 professionals.
Seale, of Entebbe Club scored 5-under par 67 to topple the rest. Opio came second with 3-under 69 while Chinhoi posted 72 to finish third.
The five amateurs who secured sponsorship for the upcoming 2023 Magical Kenya PRO-AM were Andrew Arinaitwe, Harry Hakiza, Allan Mugisha, Raymond Ekwamu and Wasike Edrine. Arinaitwe topped the amateurs with 5-under par 41.
Absa Bank Managing Director Mumba Kalifungwa, who also played in the tournament expressed his happiness towards the growth of the Uganda Golf Open and promised more support towards further growth
“We are very proud of the growth that the Uganda Golf Open and the Pro-Am have registered over the years” Mumba Kalifungwa said before adding;
“I also take this opportunity to offer our support towards furthering the growth and development of the game in Uganda through opportunities that increase the players’ skill and exposure like the Magical Kenya Open.”
Mumba played for Absa 1 team alongside Kenya pro Dismas Indiza Anyonyi, Alex Mukasa and former minister Jim Muhwezi.
The 2023 Magical Kenya Open is one of Africa’s premier golf attractions and is now part of the European Golf Tour.
About the Pro-Am event at the Uganda Golf Open Championship
The Pro-Am event is a one-day affair, featuring one pro in a group with three or four amateurs. The format is typically a scramble or a shamble, with the amateurs’ handicaps counting toward the best-ball score.