Kenya Golf Day Golf Tournament overall winners
Professionals: Philip Kasozi – 137 gross
Men: Salleh Kalema – 43 c/b
Ladies: Grace Kabonero – 38 points
Local professional (pro) Philip Kasozi emerged overall winner in the paid ranks during the 2021 Kenya Day Golf Tournament that came to a close on Friday at Uganda Golf Club’s (UGC) par-72 golf course in Kitante, Kampala.
It was on a short notice for the professional golfers to play at the event but it was Kasozi who triumphed on Thursday and he basked in glory during the Friday’s 19th hole experience which was highly taken care of by Uganda Breweries Limited through the Tusker Malt Lager brand.
Fresh from the Uganda Golf Open where he finished sixth (tie), Kasozi shot an overall 7 under par 137 (67, 70) in two rounds played in the same day to claim the biggest chunk of the UGX15M pro kitty in an event that’s played annually in celebration of Kenya’s Independence (Jamhuri Day).
15 out of the 34 players (all local pros) who graced the event made the money cut.
Rodell Gaita finished runner up with 5 under par 139 whilst best local pro at the Uganda Golf Open Ronald Rugumayo finished third, a stroke behind the former to cap the podium. UPGA Captain Deo Akope was fourth with 3 under par 141.
Silver Opio and Brian Toolit tied for fifth with 2 under par 142, a stroke ahead of Hussein Bagalana (sixth).
The only female professional golfer in the country Flavia Namakula played level par 144 but tied eighth with two males, that is; Abbey Bagalana and Abraham Ainamani, and a stroke ahead of Adolf Muhumuza (11th).
To cap the money cut, four players tied for 12th off 2 over par 146, that is; Vincent Byamukama, Dennis Anguyo, David Kamulindwa and Ronald Bukenya.
In the main event played on Friday, Salleh Kalema had 43 points on count back, beating Anthony Ndegwa to emerge men’s overall winner whilst UGC Lady Captain Grace Kabonero was ladies overall winner off 38 points.
Men’s Group winner were; Ernest Rukundo (A 38c/b), Juma M. (B 40 points) and Anthony Ndegwa (C 43 points) whilst ladies group winners were; Lin Li Xia (A 35 points) and Shamim Juma (B 37 points).
In the side bets, G. Kasango and Gloria Mbaguta claimed the men’s and ladies longest drive gongs respectively whilst Wendy Angudeyo and Conrad Odere won in the ladies and men’s nearest to the pin.
Outgoing Kenya High Commissioner to Uganda Ambassador Julius Kiema Kilonzo who was guest of honor at the 19th hole used the same platform to bid farewell to golfers as he now returns home to embark on a new political career ahead of this year’s polls. Kilonzo, a former Kitui South MP and has been ambassador for close to 10 years is running for Governor of the same area.
“This will always be my home, whenever I come back to Uganda I’ll make sure I have around of golf at Uganda Golf Club,” Kilonzo who has been Kenya’s Ambassador to Uganda since September 2018 told golfers adding that; “whenever you come to Kenya please get in touch with me, my club is Karen Country Club.”
The Kenya Day Golf Tournament partners were; KCB Bank, Uganda Breweries Limited (Tusker Malt Lager), Equity Bank, NCBA Bank, UAP Old Mutual, Kenya Airways, Serena Hotels, Chloride Exide batteries, Horial Investments Holdings Co. LTD, Kenya Ports Authority, and Crown Beverages LTD (Pepsi).