Saidi Kirarira and his golfing partner Richard Mucunguzi emerged winners of Season 7 of the Singleton Match Play Challenge that came to a close on Saturday at Entebbe Club. The pair beat fellow male team of Joseph Bogera & Kenneth Kiddu 3/2 in the final of the main event.
Kirarira and Mucunguzi who were playing in the tournament for the very first time earned themselves a fully paid to Dubai following their victory. Other prizes also included array of prizes generously provided by the event sponsors that included Singleton, CFAO DSTV, Uganda Airlines, and Afrisafe.
Kirarira, handicap 20 admitted their triumph to team chemistry and good preparations.
“The confidence kept building round after round and we made it” Kirarira who has been playing golf for about three years said.
“We worked really hard to become champions. With the right rhythm, we established a formidable team that conquered all,” his partner Mucunguzi added.
The losing pair in the final (Bogera and Kiddu) were consoled with return air tickets to Zanzibar courtesy of Uganda Airlines and exclusive Singleton goodies.
Meanwhile, in the 3rd/4th position playoff, Entebbe Club Captain Seruwano Walusimbi and his golfing partner Peter Magona beat Brian Manyindo & Michael Odur 1 up in the sudden death playoff to secure a spot on the podium. They were awarded a flight to Mombasa courtesy of Uganda Airlines.
Meanwhile, in attendence was the UBL executive team that included UBL Board Chairman Jimmy Mugerwa, Managing Director Andrew Kilonzo and the Finance Director Eunice Waweru.
The day that teed off with grueling golfing action on the course, was crowned off with a splendid black tie themed 19th hole experience, that saw guests and golfers dolled up in their finest black-tie outfits, and in high party spirits, as they witnessed the climax of the 7th edition of the Singleton Match Play Challenge.
Simply put, the event lived to its billing, as one to remember.
Since its tee off in July, the annual golf series continued to register an impressive turn up at every edition. The finale attracted close to 300 golfers.
This year’s match play challenge began with a rigorous qualification round in July, where pairs went head-to-head, striving to secure spots in the subsequent rounds, and ultimately become the Singleton Match Play Champions.
The night was not just about the Matchplay champions, it also saw other significant winners from the subsidiary category.
Addressing guests and golfers at the event, Uganda Breweries Ltd (UBL) Managing Director- Andrew Kilonzo, reiterated UBL’s commitment to the game of golf and the Singleton Challenge, re-emphasising the brand’s commitment to continue the series. Kilonzo also expressed pride in the achievements of the Singleton Challenge.
“As UBL, we are immensely proud of what the Singleton Matchplay Challenge has achieved. Through this tournament, our vision to grow and make the game of golf more accessible and fun, has been accurately represented. The Singleton Challenge has not only given us an opportunity to play exceptional golf, it has continuously presented the chance to meet incredible people, have lots of fun, and create unforgettable moments. That is what The Singleton is about. I want to thank golfers and the Entebbe Club for standing with us thus far; they are the real reason the Singelton Matchplay Challenge is now heading into the 8th season. And I am happy to confirm that UBL is in this for the long haul, and we hope to meet again very soon,” he said.
Michael Ouma and his band took golfers on an entertaining live music journey, as they serenaded them with a variety of classics and trending jams.
Even after the live band, golfers and their guests were not about to retire; they partied on into the wee hours of Sunday morning.