Tusker Malt Uganda Golf Open Pros Tourney: 31st August – 3rd September 2016

At Uganda Golf Club, Kampala

Two Nigerian top professional golfers Sunday Olapade and Gift Willy have confirmed to take part in the 2016 Tusker Malt Uganda Golf Open Professional tournament.

The four day 72 31st August, 2016 at the Uganda Golf Club, Kitante in Kampala.

Olapade is a member of Ibori Golf and Country Club whilst Gift is inclinded to the Port Harcourt Golf Club.

The duo have played alongside each other in various prestigious West African tournaments including the 3e Actuaries Open in Equatorial Guinea where Gift Willy won it once.

Gift won the Port Gentil Open twice in 2012 and 2013 and returned in 2014 to win the Libreville Open in Gabon.

Willy Gift

Sunday finished 2015 as Nigeria’s Order of Merit leader, and comes into the Tusker Malt Uganda Open as number fourth on the Order of Merit leaderboard whereas Gift comes to the Ugandan Open as thirteenth on the leaderboard.

Speaking to Johnson Omolo, President Uganda Golf Union, he noted;

You can’t talk about the current state of Nigeria’s golf without talking about Sunday Olapade and Gift Willy.

These two are some of the top golfers in West Africa right now.

We are delighted to have them take part in this year’s Tusker Malt Uganda Open.

We know that they will bring the hype and thrill to the Pros tournament.

Increased Prize Money:

This year, Tusker Malt Lager increased their cash sponsorship of the Uganda Golf Open from UGX 200 million shillings to UGX 230 million shillings. There has also been an increase in the cash prize to UGX 110 million shillings.

An additional UGX 270 million shillings as none cash sponsorship was also injected into the tournament, taking the total sponsorship kit up to UGX 500 million shillings. This resonates with the status the game of golf is quickly attaining in the region and it further shows the confidence Tusker Malt Lager has in the Uganda Golf Union and the sport at large. 

There has been a registered increase in the number of pros that will take part in this year’s tournament as opposed to last year. 84 Pros have registered to take part in this year’s Tusker Mat Uganda Open.

This year, Uganda plays host to participants from countries such as; Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.

Notable among them will be Kenya’s Jacob Okello and winner of the 2016 Tanzania Golf Open, Rwanda’s Jules Dusabe, Zambia’s Madalitso Muthiya and also last year’s first runner up and South Africa’s Joshua Seale among others. 

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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