The 10 golfers were determined from the 2022 Absa Pro-Am golf tournament of the Uganda Golf Open that was held at the Par 72 Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa Course, Kigo on Tuesday.
The will participate in the 2023 Magical Kenya Open courtesy of Absa Bank Uganda.
Joshua Seale,Silver Opio, Robson Chinhoi, Simon Ngige and Celestine Nsanzuwera were the top 5 professionals.
Seale was outstanding with a perfect round of 5-under 67, followed by Opio (3-under 69). Zimbabwean Chinhoi was level (72), whilst Ngige and Nsanzuwera tied with 1-over 73 to complete the top five professionals after 18 holes.
The top five amateurs are Andrew Arinaitwe, Harry Hakiza, Allan Mugisha, Raymond Ekwamu, and Edrine Wasike.
Wu Wei Ling, Aloysius Bingi, Wei Yon Chun, Ka Owen Ou, and Herbet Kamuntu are all on standby.
The announcement was made by the bank’s Managing Director Mumba Kalifungwa during the prize-giving ceremony for the Absa Pro-Am held at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa.
While addressing the participants, the media, and the organisers, he said,
“We are very proud of the growth that the Uganda Golf Open and the Pro-Am have registered over the years and take this opportunity to offer our support towards furthering the growth and development of the game in Uganda through opportunities that increase the players’ skill and exposure like the Magical Kenya Open.” Said Kalifungwa
Absa’s Kalifungwa added,
“We are a deeply pan-African financial services provider. Our continued commitment to the game of golf is a testament to this continent’s undeniable potential. We shall continue to play our part to bring Africa’s possibilities to life.”
The Magical Kenya Open which started in 1967 has become one of Africa’s premier golf attractions and is now part of the European Golf Tour.
They benefit from the bank’s sponsorship package – standing at UGX 65 million which will cover the players’ travel, accommodation, and participating fees for the Pro-Am Tournament of the Kenyan derby.
The Pro-Am is a one-day tournament where Professional golfers are paired with Amateur golfers to give the professionals an extra practice round before the Professionals Open while improving the skills of amateur golfers within a competition situation.
In March this year, the bank sponsored the ten best Amateurs from the 2021 Absa Pro-Am for the Kenyan tournament, which was held from 3- 6 March at the Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi.
These included Colin Isaac Talemwa; Joseph Kimani; John Muchiri; Wendy Angudeyo; Joseph Adrapi; Patrick Kagoro; Walter Tukahirwa; Alexander Matsiko; Jenina Nasimolo, and Collin Subika, who joined the only Ugandan selected to participate in the prestigious tournament as a Pro Ronald Rugumayo, part of whose costs for the duration of the tournament were met by the bank.