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Ronald Rugumayo shines at Absa Pro-Am tournament

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David GOMBE

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

Rugumayo managed a score of 39 points at the Uganda Golf Club’s par-72 course as his side went on to win the Absa Bank sponsored event.

At the tournament, each team was composed of one professional golfer and three amateurs.

Absa Bank MD Mumba Kalifungwa was also in action
Winners receiving their accolades

Rugumayo’s team comprised of Paul Habyarimana, Daniel Kalimuzo and Sammy Migunda who scored 43, 33 and 26 points respectively.

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

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 finished as runners up.

Meanwhile, Absa Bank will also 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.

The professionals will however first have to 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.

Meanwhile, 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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