Rugumayo, 11 other professionals bag 2024 Absa Captain’s Bell UGX 20 million cash prizes

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David GOMBE

The 6th Absa sponsored Captain’s Bell Tournament was held over the weekend ushering in Paul Charles Rukundo as Captain and Jerry Owachi Vice Captain respectively.

Over 220 golfers convened in the professional and amateur categories for a thrilling 19-hole experience at Uganda Golf Club, Kitante located on John Babiiha Road in Kololo.

As the official sponsor for the event, Absa doubled the cash prizes staking a total of UGX20 million for the professional winners of the annual tournament.

This enhanced prize structure is a reflection of Absa’s commitment to developing and attracting top golfing talent to create a truly competitive atmosphere for the sport.

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Perez Muhwezi and Rose Azuba emerged victorious winning the overall men and women’s trophies respectively.

Thanks to the doubling of cash prizes by Absa Bank Uganda to UGX 20 million, the overall winner, Ronald Rugumayo, walked away with UGX 10 million and the rest of the UGX10 million split among eleven professionals.
Speaking at the prize giving and 19th hole experience made possible by Absa, the bank’s Managing Director said the bank was proud to be associated with the annual golf event and support the continuity of the great tradition.

“For Absa, the Captain’s Bell Tournament is not just about competition but also community. It’s about fostering an environment where this 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,” he said.
During his remarks, the new Captain Paul Charles Rukundo said his leadership would endeavor to foster the growth of both the sport and players.
“For over 70 years, the Captain’s Bell tournament has united exceptional players, colleagues, and friends.

Throughout this incredible journey, 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,” he said.

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“We believe that such events can truly be game-changers in propelling Ugandan golfers onto the international stage. We believe every story matters and by supporting the Captain’s Bell Tournament and the Uganda Golf Club, we are making our contribution to the story of golf in Uganda,” Mumba added.

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