Uganda Golf Union has launched the 24th edition of the Kinyara Open Golf Tournament scheduled to run between 25th and 26th November 2022 at Kinyara Golf Club in Masindi.
The two-day annual event which returns after a two-year hiatus caused by Covid-19 disruptions is expected to attract both professional and amateur golfers from across the country.
The 2019 triumphant players like Joseph Cwinya-ai, overall winner from Toro Golf Club), Herman Mutawe, the professional group winner from Uganda Golf Club and Martha Babirye, the winner of the ladies’ category from Uganda Golf Club and reigning champion of the Uganda Ladies Open, will participate in the tournament to defend their titles.
The Professionals and Gross players will play 36 holes on Friday 25th November 2022 while the amateurs will play 18 holes on Saturday 26th November 2022.
The event will be crowned with a party and prize giving ceremony on Saturday evening 26th November 2022 followed by a night of dance and merry making.
The Kinyara Open Golf Tournament is a partnership between Kinyara Sugar Limited and Insurance companies (ICEA LION, Liaison Group, UAP Old Mutual, Sanlam, and MUA).
Ahead of tee-off, ICEA LION Group Uganda announced its sponsorship package worth UGX 30,000,000 for the tournament.
Speaking at a press conference to announce the sponsorship, Gabriel Kuria, ICEA LION General’s Chief Executive Officer said, ICEA LION Group is happy that they have been able to continue with the sponsorship partnership forged with the Kinyara Sugar Ltd through such partnerships like the upcoming golf tournament that has now lasted for over 6 years.
“Golf is progressively becoming a more popular and highly anticipated sport that more and more people are progressively picking an interest in. It gives us great pride to not only contribute to the development of the sport but also nurture golf talent in Uganda. We are hopeful that this talent will not only be the best locally but will also go across the Ugandan borders to compete at an international level,” Kuria noted.
The Kinyara Open is a two day annual golf tournament that will take place from 25th – 26th of November in Masindi district. It is expected to attract over 160 golfers – professional and amateurs – from across the country.
The Professionals and Gross players will play 36 holes on Friday 25th November 2022 while the amateurs will play 18 holes on Saturday 26th November 2022. The event will be crowned with a party and prize giving ceremony on Saturday evening 26th November 2022 at Kinyara Sugar Ltd grounds.
Caroline Amongin, the Corporate Communications Manager Kinyara Sugar Limited thanked ICEA LION Group Uganda, and other partners, for their continued support of the tournament over the years. She said the relationship between Kinyara Sugar Limited and the golf union can only get stronger as it goes a long way to support the growing talent in the game of golf in Uganda.
“We are thrilled be back after a two year break due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Safety for all participants is going to be key and we look forward to welcoming all the participants and fans in Masindi come Thursday as we kick off this year’s tournament.
“We are expecting an increase in the number of golfers who desire to play in the Kinyara Open Golf tournament and I want to inform the participants that there are exciting prizes in store for group and top performers so I encourage you to bring your best game to the tournament.” Amongin added.
Other partners have boosted the tournament with a champion’s package of UGX 10M to the overall winner.