Absa Captain’s Bell Tournament: Rugumayo victorious as Paul Rukundo is ushered in


Ronald Rugumayo won the pro event at the 2024 Absa Captain’s Bell Golf tournament that was played on Thursday and Friday at Uganda Golf Club’s par-72 golf course in Kitante, Kampala.

Rugumayo shot an impressive 7 under par to emerge as the winner in the Pro event and bag UGX. 20m courtesy of Absa Bank.

In the amateur categories, Joseph Cwinya-ai (Gross Men) and Peace Kabasweka (Gross Women) took top honors. Perez Muhwezi and Rose Azuba were the overall winners on stableford points on Saturday.

The Captain’s Bell tournament is an annual event hosted by the Uganda Golf Club, where the newly elected captain hosts members in a tournament and unveils his new committee at the beginning of his term in office.

Paul Rukundo is the new captain after having been elected into office in March to succeed Emmanuel Wamala.

Rukundo will work alongside Owachi Jerry ( vice captain), Emmanuel Wamimbi ( Vice secretary) and Walter Tuhahirwa ( Treasurer).

Speaking at the 19th hole ceremony to climax the Captain’s Bell, Rukundo spoke about the tournament’s history and what it has fostered over the years.

“For over 70 years, the Captain’s Bell Tournament has united exceptional players, colleagues, and friends,” Rukundo remarked as quoted by Sports Nation

“Our community has flourished thanks to the unwavering support of partners like Absa Bank Uganda. We deeply value their dedication to enhancing the sport of golf in Uganda.”

Rukundo with Absa Bank Uganda Managing Director Mumba Kalifungwa, awarding one of the winners | Courtesy Photo

In his words, Absa Bank’s Managing Director Mumba Kalifungwa said this is more than a tournament for Absa.

“For Absa, this tournament is not just about competition but also community,” Kalifungwa stated. “It’s about fostering an environment where talent can flourish, and we are delighted to continue our partnership.”

“This event aligns perfectly with our purpose of ’empowering Africa’s tomorrow together, one story at a time,’ supporting excellence and fostering a spirit of community. The increased prize money reflects our dedication to enhancing the experience for all participants.”

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