Dr Ssebaale Kato finished third in the second quarter of the Serena 63 Golf Series after managing 180 points (best score over five rounds). The awards session for the second quarterly event was held on Saturday at Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa, the venue for the I&M Bank sponsored series that teed off in March this year.
In the first quarterly event, Dr Ssebaale again finished third, then also with 180 points. He is the only podium finisher from the previous quarterly event (held in May) to stay in the top three of the series.
“I believe hard work and consistency has made me perform well and I love the game” Dr Ssebaale said during the 19th hole experience of the second quarterly event adding that; “the course is brilliant, it encourages you to play golf. To my colleagues, I encourage them to keep playing to catch up and make use of the beautiful course we have here.”
However, Dr Ssebaale leads the Order of Merit (accumulation of points for the club’s internal tournaments/members tournaments) off 122 points. Jadu Patel is second with 114 points, just like Dave Plenderleith who caps the podium.
Meanwhile for the second quarter of the series, Sahil Halai emerged the winner with 193 points while Duncan Kagwa came second with 183 points. The latter also won the nearest to the pin prize with Luke Nyakarahuba taking home the longest drive gong.
For the guests, Nikil led the series with 170 points, Nick Snyman emerged second with 165 points, just like Lin Chen You who capped the podium.
Meanwhile, several top performers across different categories walked away with prizes during the Saturday multiplex outing. The August Mug of Mugs was held on the same day. The Serena 63 Golf Series top three performers (Quarterly Order of Merit), Members Order of Merit (best three), Mug of Mugs podium finishers plus guest winners were all rewarded.
Jadu Patel emerged overall winner of the Mug of Mugs. The handicap 14 golfer carded 42 points. The ladies winner was Susan Hicks with 40 points. Charles Hamya was guest winner off 36 points.
Men’s Group A was won by Patric Matu off 36 points with Sam Ssejjaka finishing second with 34 points. Jimmy Mugerwa who is the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Captain emerged winner in Men’s Group B with 36 points while Suresh Patel finished second with 34 points.
Annette Nakiyaga, the Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at I&M Bank said that the series has been improving ever since it teed off in March and it has given them a platform to connect to their customers.
“As I&M Bank, at a group level, we are into golf, golf is one of our key connection moments with our customers. I&M Bank serves some of the top tier customers who actually happen to be members of Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort. Also, in this post COVID era people love to support brands that support them, so we are here to connect with our customers and support them and also introduce new products to them. In the next two months, we will be introducting a new product and you will be seeing it soon, so this will be one of the points where will be launching our new product,” Nakayiga said adding that ahead of the grand finale in December, golfers should expect a lot.
The evening was spiced-up by live music from Jemimah Sanyu and the Unit 446 Band who delighted the crowd with their melodious tones and captivating dance moves.