Uganda Golf Open: Rugumayo rises supreme at the Absa Pro-Am tournament


Ugandan professional golfer based in South Africa Ronald Rugumayo helped his Johnnie Walker II team win the Absa Pro-Am tournament of the Johnnie Walker Uganda Golf Open Championship on Tuesday at Uganda Golf Club, Kampala.

Rugumayo scored 39 points at the Uganda Golf Club’s par-72 course to help his side win the Absa Bank sponsored event.

Each team was composed of one professional golfer and three amateurs. The results of one professional and two best amateurs were considered to determine the overall scores.

Rugumayo teammates were Paul Habyarimana, Daniel Kalimuzo and Sammy Migunda who had 43, 33 and 26 points respectively.

Having helped his team win, Rugumayo pocketed UGX. 3 Million courtesy of Absa Bank Uganda.

The runners-up were HH Solutions II who had Rwanda’s Erneste Ndayisenga as the team professional, with Michael K. Musiime, Bob Matsiko and Alex Mango as the amateurs.

Furthermore, Absa Bank will sponsor 10 golfers for the next year’s Magical Kenya Open, which is a DP World Tour event. They intend to take the top five professionals and top five amateurs from this year’s Uganda Open Pro-Am tournament to Kenya, however the professionals have to first qualify for the tournament through the Safari Tour Series or else, their slots will taken up by the remaining five of the top 10 amateurs from the Tuesday event in Kampala.

The top ten amateurs in the Absa Pro-Am tournament were Michael K. Musiime (44 points), Paul Habyarimana (43 points), Ivan Arinaitwe (40 points), Patricia Mbabazi (40 points), Emma Tayebwa (39 points), Wendy Angudeyo (39 points), Michael Tumusiime (38 points), Alex Mango (38 points), Bob Matisko (38 points) and Emmanuel Wamala (38 points).

The top five professionals from the Tuesday’s event were:- Marvin Kibirige (42 points), Denis Anguyo (40 points), Kenya’s Edwin Mudanyi (40 points), Ronald Rugumayo (39 points) and Namibia’s Paulino Kasoma (39 points).

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