Rugumayo to leave for Magical Kenya Open on Friday


Uganda’s only representative at the 2023 Magical Kenya Open, Ronald Rugumayo will leave for Kenya, Nairobi on Friday, 24th February.

Rugumayo, who finished in fourth at the Safari Tour, has set the record as the only Ugandan to qualify for the Magical Kenya Open.

The Ugandan participation cost for the tournament ( to the tune of UGX 18.5 Million ) have been covered by Absa Bank Uganda.

The bank’s sponsorship to the golfer caters to seven days of practice and the five tournament days. It also covers accommodation and meals; transport; tournament entry fees; caddy fees and golf merchandise.

While making a courtesy call to Absa ahead of his departure, Rugumayo said he felt good and energized enough to sufficiently represent Uganda at the tournament.

“When you look at my game, I’m playing much better than I did last year. I feel good. Everything is OK. My team is ok. I’m good to go. I’ll be competing with the best, and will give it my all, and I would like to thank Absa, who have come in at the right time with this support.” Rugumayo said.

Helen Nangonzi Basuuta, Absa Bank Uganda’s Marketing and Customer Experience Director, said, “We are proud to be part of the push to provide a platform for more Ugandan players to showcase their talents on the world stage as part of our drive to aid in the growth and development of the game of golf and the players therein in Uganda.”

The Magical Kenya Open – which started 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.

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