2017 Uganda Golf Open Series:

  • 7th -9th September – Uganda Ladies Open
  • 13th – 16th September – 75th Uganda Amateurs Open
  • 25th September – Pro Arm
  • 27th – 30th September 2017 – Professionals

At Uganda Golf Club, Kampala

Juliana Kaggwa announced UBL’s Shs 500M offer for the 2017 Uganda Golf Open Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

One of the most awaited sporting events in Uganda is back.

It is the 75th Uganda Golf championship that will tee off at the Uganda Golf Club, popularly known as ‘Kitante’.

The official launch of the tournament took place on Wednesday in Kampala attended by the Uganda Golf Union (UGU) officials and sponsors representatives.

Uganda Golf Union president, Johnson Omollo, Vice President and Tournament director Innocent Kihika, Executive Committee member Oscar Ssemawere, Uganda Golf Club captain Joseph Bagabo and the sponsor’s marketing director Juliana Kaggwa graced the colourful launch.

[/media-credit] Uganda Golf Union Preisdent Johnson Omollo addresses the media during the launch of the 2017 Uganda Golf Open Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The tournament has got a cash boost from the main sponsors to a tune of Shs500M, an increment by Shs20M.

Of this, Shs250M is cash, a major boost to the tournament organizing committee

Kaggwa expressed gratitude about the company’s cause of sponsoring golf, henceforth the increment in the package for the 2017 edition;

Golf is fast becoming a lifestyle preference for a considerable number of Ugandans.

Tusker Malt Lager will continue with the sponsorship of the premier golf events as the Uganda Open which allows us to support the development of the game, as well as connect with the customers by sharing their passion and interests

The tournament will be played in series starting with the Ladies Open on 7th to 10th September over 54 holes.

This will be followed by the 75th edition of the Amateurs’ Championship where legendary golfer Sadi Onito (RIP) has won a record 12 titles. Amateurs’ event will take place between the 13th – 16th September.

The last two items on the enticing menu will be the Pro Arm on the 25th September  before the professionals event that will tee off on 27th to the 30th September 2017.

[/media-credit] Innocent Kihika the tournament director of the 2017 Uganda Golf Open addresses the media in Kampala Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

According to the tournament director, Kihika, the series format has been wholesomely embraced to give the event a lasting impression and the sponsors’ due mileage.

We shall once again play in the series format because we want to give this tournament the deserved attention and sponsors their due mileage.

This is the biggest event on the union calendar and we are glad for the sponsors on board. We shall unveil the other sponsors in the due course

[/media-credit] Uganda Golf Club captain Joseph Bagabo says the course is ready to host the 2017 Uganda Golf Open Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Joseph Bagabo, the Uganda Golf Club captain expressed readiness of the course ahead of the grueling series.

“I can confidently assure the golfers that they will find the course in the best playable form with the fairways and greens in shape,” Bagabo noted.

The Uganda Golf Union President Omollo used the platform to appreciate the sponsors. He also assured the public of a great tournament that will attract a total of 500 golfers from Uganda and across Africa.

“Preparations are currently underway to have the best tournament. We have extended invites to our neigbours Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana. We thank the sponsors who have worked with us over the years,” Omollo said.

Last year’s amateur winner Ronald Otile (now on studies in South Africa) and pro champion Joshua Seale  will return to defend their titles.

There will surely be a new lady winner because the reigning champion, Flavia Namakula turned pro.

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

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