2020 Uganda Golf Open Championship:

  • 26th – 28th November: Ladies Open
  • 2nd – 5th December: Amateurs
  • 3rd – 6th December: Professionals

*At Uganda Golf Club, Kampala

For the adverse effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on sport and humanity in general across the divide, life nearly came to a stand-still.

The highly contagious virus not only claimed lives, but also halted progress for many projects world over and sport was virtually abandoned for the better part of the year until of recent albeit without fans.

This will be the case when the Uganda Golf Open Championship, the premium event on the Uganda Golf Union (UGU) calendar tees off next week.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) will be followed to the dot with special course personnel, Hitherto tagged as the COVID-19 marshals in place to ensure compliance 100 percent.

Joseph Cwinyaai chips the ball during the 2019 Uganda Amateurs Open at Kigo

This was revealed at the launch of this championship series held by the terraces of the famous 19th hole at Uganda Golf Club, Kampala on  Wednesday, 19th November 2020.

UGU President Moses Matisko was flanked by the Tournament director John Katto, captain Jackson  Karyarugookwe and sponsors.

Matisko noted that the major focus this year is adherence to SOPs to avert the spread of COVID-19.

This is the first major golfing event since COVID-19 broke out we are hoping that our event will be a benchmark for other sporting disciplines. 360 players are registered for the tournament so far

Moses Matisko, President Uganda Golf Union (UGU)
Moses Matisko, the president of Uganda Golf Union (UGU) smiles during the press conference

It has been confirmed that the 2020 series will tee off on the 26th November with the ladies open who will engage in 54 holes at the Uganda Golf Club, popularly known as “Kitante”.

This will be followed by the amateurs’ event that has been played since 1932 before the professionals will wind down the series and a grand dinner on 6th December 2020.

Tournament Director Katto emphasized that this year’s format of play will be a little different, with no cuts and a kitty totaling up to Shs100m that is set to be split between 30 professional golfers who will be awarded according to merit.

The winner in the professional catergory will take 22.5 % of the pro-kitty and the remainder of the players will share 77.5 % of the prize money in ascending order. We are ready to host the tournament.

John Katto, Uganda Open Tournament Director
Uganda Golf Union Vice President and the Uganda Open Tournament Director Credit: Edgar Hamala

At first, we were not sure of having this open. But now that we are sure that the open shall be hosted at the home of golf in Uganda (Uganda Golf Club), we are more than ready to host the championship. We have experience of dealing with different situations, There are stringent SOP’s put in place. Marshals will play a good role in compliance of the regulations. We look forward having the championship.

Jackson  Karyarugookwe, Captain Uganda Golf Club, Kampala
Jackson  Karyarugookwe, Captain Uganda Golf Club, Kampala Credit: Edgar Hamala

The 2020 Uganda Golf Open finds us in a tricky position of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have got to embrace means of doing things perfect in the new normal. We are ready to give vibrancy to the the open through all our channels and avenues.

Desire Derekford Mugumisa, a PRO at Next Media Group
Desire Derekford Mugumisa, a PRO at Next Media Group

Professionals geared up:

Katto notified that so far the tournament has attracted several international players coming in from different countries all over the world.

As of Thursday, November 19, 2020, 78 professionals had registered with 29 Kenyans, 1 South African, 3 from Nigeria, Senegal (1), Zimbabwe (10), Cameroon (5), France (2), Cote D`Ivoire (1), Ghana (1), Malawi (1) and 3 Zambians.

The tournament will end with a prize-giving cocktail on Sunday, December 6 at the Uganda Golf Club in Kitante.

The 2020 Uganda Golf Open Championship will be held in a virtual format.

The view of the Uganda Golf Club course from the 19th hole terrace. The course is in perfect shape

Cast of winners:

Amateur Category:

  • 1932 – H.Davidson (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1933 – H.Davidson (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1934 – R.W Hooker (Muthaiga Golf Club)
  • 1935 – J.D Rankine (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1936 – J.D Rankine (Uganda Golf Clun)
  • 1937 –  H. Davidson (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1938 – R.W Bun (Mombasa Golf Club)
  • 1939 – J.E Higginson
  • 1940 – 1947 – NOT HELD
  • 1948 – D. F Stewart (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1949 – A.Q Roberts (Kitale Golf Club)
  • 1950 – N.C Elwell (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1951 – N.C Elwell (Mwanza Golf Club)
  • 1952 – J.R Cooke (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1953 – R.W Hooper (Nairobi Golf Club)
  • 1954 – M.Johnson (Kabalae Golf Club)
  • 1955 – J.R Oglive (Kitale Golf Club)
  • 1956 – J.R Oglive (Kitale Golf Club)
  • 1957 – Ian McAdam (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1958 – Brian Malone (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1959 – Ian McAdam (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1960 – Mike Johnson (Mbale Golf Club)
  • 1961 – Mike Johnson (Mbale Golf Club)
  • 1962 – Mike Johnson (Mbale Golf Club)
  • 1963 – John Higginson (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1964 –  John Higginson (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1965 –  Muhammed Rajab (Nairobi Golf Club)
  • 1966 – John Higginson (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1967 – I.Pattinson (Dar es Salaam Golf Club)
  • 1968 – G.Burrows (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1969 –  M.Rajab(Nairobi Golf Club)
  • 1970 – M.Couma (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1971 – J. Kahugu (Sigona Golf Club)
  • 1972 – Ben Okello (Masaka Golf Club)
  • 1973 – Tom Taban (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1974 – Alex Okodan (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1975 –  Ramathan Kayamba (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1976 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)
  • 1977 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)
  • 1978 – Sadi Onito  (Jinja Golf Club)
  • 1979 – 1980 – NOT HELD
  • 1981 – Juma Jaffer (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1982 – Juma Jaffer (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1983 – Sadi Onito (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1984 – John Mucheru (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1985 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)
  • 1986 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)
  • 1987 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)
  • 1988 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)
  • 1989 – Allan Njoroge (Muthaiga Golf Club)
  • 1990– Dedan Kagonyera (Kabale Golf Club)
  • 1991 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)
  • 1992 – Juma Jaffer (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1993 – John Gavin (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1994 –  Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)
  • 1995 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)
  • 1996 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)
  • 1997 – Steven Birungi (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1998 – Steven Birungi (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 1999 – Steven Birungi (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 2000 – Deo Akope (Entebbe Golf Club)
  • 2001 – Deo Akope (Entebbe Golf Club)
  • 2002 – Deo Akope (Entebbe Golf Club)
  • 2003 – Charles Yokwe (Jinja Golf Club)
  • 2004 – David Odhiambo (Nyanza Golf Club)
  • 2005 – Charles Yokwe (Jinja Golf Club)
  • 2006 – Amos Kamya (Entebbe Golf Club)
  • 2007 – Nicholas Rokoine (Muthaiga Golf Club)
  • 2008 – George Olayo (Entebbe Golf Club)
  • 2009 – Peter Ssendaula (Entebbe Golf Club)
  • 2010 – Brian Mwesigwa (Kabale Golf Club)
  • 2011 –Rogers Byaruhanga (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 2012 – Phillip Kasozi (Uganda Golf Club)
  • 2013 – Peter Ssendaula (Entebbe Golf Club)
  • 2014 – Willy Deus Kitata (Entebbe Golf Club)
  • 2015 – Ronald Otile (Tooro Golf Club)
  • 2016 – Ronald Otile (Tooro Golf Club)
  • 2017 – Ronald Rugumayo (Tooro Golf Club)
  • 2018 –  Ronald Otile (Tooro Golf Club)
  • 2019 – Daniel Nduva ( Nyali Golf and Country Club)

Professionals:

  • 2006 – Deo Akope (Ugandan)
  • 2007 – Dismas Ndiza (Kenyan)
  • 2008 – Dismas Ndiza (Kenyan)
  • 2009 – Richard Ainley (Kenyan)
  • 2010 – Dismus Ndiza (Kenyan)
  • 2011 – Dismus Ndiza (Kenyan)
  • 2012 – Dismus Ndiza (Kenyan)
  • 2013 – Vicent Byamukama (Uganda)
  • 2014 – Deo Akope (Uganda)
  • 2015 – Madalisto Muthiya (Zambia)
  • 2016 – Joshua Seale (South Africa)
  • 2017 – Stephen Ferriera (Portugal)
  • 2018 – Dismas Indiza (Kenya)
  • 2019 – Madalisto Muthiya (Zambia)

Ladies:

  • 2019: Martha Babirye (Uganda)
  • 2018: Neema Olomi (Tanzania)
  • 2017: Angel Eaton (Tanzania)
  • 2016: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)
  • 2015:  Flavia Namakula (Uganda)
  • 2014: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)
  • 2013: Angel Eaton (Tanzania)
  • 2012: Angel Eaton (Tanzania)
  • 2011: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)
  • 2010: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)
  • 2009: Jasper Kamukama (Uganda)
  • 2008: Melissa Nawa (Zambia)
  • 2007: Mary Karano (Kenya)

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

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