Rugumayo Leads Pros At JW Uganda Golf Open

Day One Top 5:

  1. Ronald Rugumayo 67 (-5)
  2. Celestine Nsanzuwera 69 (-3)
  3. David Kamulidwa 69 (-3)
  4. CJ Wangai 70 (-2)
  5. Aaron Simfukwe 70 (-2)

Ronald Rugumayo took an impressive lead on the opening day of the prestigious Johnnie Walker Uganda Golf Open Professionals at the Uganda Gold Club in Kitante.

With a stunning round of 67, he finished the day at an impressive five under par.

Hot on his heels were Celestine Nsanzuwera and David Kamulidwa, both at three under par with scores of 69.

The fourth and fifth spots were secured by CJ Wangai and Aaron Simfukwe, both with solid rounds of 70, finishing the day at two under par.

Rugumayo showcased his skill and precision by hitting birdies on holes 1, 4, 5, 8, and 10 during the first round.

The tournament is set to continue over the course of four days.

Rugumayo is set to become the first Ugandan professional to win the event since Deo Akope’s win in 2014.

With defending champion Robson Chinhoi not defending his title this year, a new champion is guaranteed to emerge from the strong field of participants hailing from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Tanzania, and South Africa.

However, despite the absence of the two-time champion, Zimbabwean Robson Chinhoi, the local players face a formidable challenge.

“They have been honing their skills in Entebbe, a longer course that is good for fitness and accuracy,” explained Davis Kato, the Secretary of the Uganda Professionals Golfer Association (UPGA).

“I believe we will see a different side to them in this tournament,” he added.

“This Professionals Open is highly competitive, and there’s a lot at stake. Johnnie Walker is here to ensure that all the golfers, regardless of the outcome at the 18th hole, will be celebrated for their courage and the bold steps they have taken to compete at the biggest golfing event in Uganda,” stated Christine Kyokunda, Johnnie Walker Uganda Brand Manager.

“As a celebratory drink of Big Flavor, Johnnie Walker has prepared a special celebration for everyone as they step off the course. We have an array of activities planned, from curated mentorships to themed cocktails and, of course, some entertainment,” Kyokunda added.

The winner of the Professionals Open will receive a Shs21 million prize from the Pro’s kitty.

The tournament is set to conclude this Saturday with a grand Prize-Giving ceremony at the Uganda Golf Club.



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