The first group of four amateur golfers set off to Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday morning to participate in the 2023 Magical Kenya Open as part of a wider group being sponsored by Absa Bank Uganda.
The four who set off were Harry Hakiza, Angelo Wasike, Andrew Arinaitwe and Raymond Ekwamu.
These four will join Allan Mugisha and Ronald Rugumayo who are already in Kenya for the prestigious African tournament.
This group is part of the large contingent of players who took part in the Absa Pro-Am golf tournament at the 2022 Uganda Golf.
Apart from the golfers, renowned sports journalists- innocent Ndawula, Sam Mpoza and Michael Nsubuga have also been sponsored by Absa to travel to Nairobi to cover the tournament for the fans of golf in Uganda.
While seeing off the players at a brief ceremony held at Absa Bank Uganda’s head office yesterday, David Wandera, Absa’s Executive Director and Head of Markets, said,
“Uganda’s golf scene is growing at a very commendable rate and as the bank that is committed to furthering this growth, it is an honour to see more amateurs step up to the plate and take on opportunities to improve their games through participating in internationally recognised tournaments like the Magical Kenya Open.”
He added that this is the second year that the bank is sponsoring players to participate in the tournament and is part of Absa Bank Uganda’s commitment to contributing to the development of the sport and to fostering the growth and development of Ugandans.
The Magical Kenya Open – which was launched in 1967 and is sponsored by Absa Bank Kenya – has become one of Africa’s premier golf attractions and is now part of the European Golf Tour, which is a top attraction for some of the best golfers from around the world and is played across 31 tournaments in 21 countries globally.