What an exciting weekend it was at the Par 72 Kitante Golf Course as the senior Golfers (55 years and above) yet again proved their stamina at the CAA sponsored 2018 Uganda Seniors Open Golf Championship. Out of the 154 players who were in action for the 36 holes two day tournament, it was 66 year old John Mugyenzi who had the last and final smile after he returned a Nett score 141. Mugyenzi, a handicap 13 Golfer carded 71 Nett on day one (Saturday) and 70 Nett on day two (Sunday) to be crowned Overall Winner.
Mugyenzi defeated his closest challenger Gen. Ivan Koreta on count back after he also finished with a similar score of 141 Nett. Gen. Koreta led day one (Saturday) with 69 Nett but fell short on day two (Sunday) with level par 72. Mugyenzi’s hard earned victory earned him an overall winner’s accolade, prizes and a return ticket to Dubai courtesy of Rwandair.
A visibly excited Mugyenzi John had this to say to the 19th hole Gallery.
I don’t look it but I’m very excited, I’ve arrived. Three years ago I was like Godfrey Onyango, I was the seniors’ gross winner and now I’m the overall winner and I’m very happy. I thank all of you who came to give me a challenge and saw how good I am. I played with Gen. Koreta, he played so well, our Chairman Board of trustees Sam Zaramba was playing with us. I want to thank the group of four people that I played with. When you are a sportsman, you don’t know when to give up because the trophy looked like it was destined for Gen. Koreta until I started putting very well. Gen. Koreta, as a sports man I feel for you but as wanting to win, I’m happy that you played like you played.
Gen. Koreta too, walked away with a trophy and prizes as his result saw him top the 55-64 years age group category.
Edrae Kagombe was crowned overall winner in the Ladies category after she returned 75 Nett and 69 Nett to finish with a total Nett score of 144. Kagombe’s success earned her a trophy, prizes and a return ticket to Mombasa courtesy of Kenya Airways. Matata Onyango was crowned the overall winner in the men’s gross category with 160 gross while Jenina Nasimolo returned a total of 168 gross.
Matata Onyango’s success earned him a return ticket to Mombasa courtesy of Kenya Airways.
Both Nsanze Herbert and Mebs Juma topped 70 years and above and 65-69 years age group with a similar score of 144 Nett.
This year CAA injected Shs25million into the tournament and all the winners in the various categories walked away with trophies and a range of prizes.
Chairman Uganda Seniors Golfing Society (USGS) Jackson Karyarugookwe Had This to say;
I want to thank all of you for coming in big numbers. We are indeed grateful and thankful. At the beginning of the compilation we had over 185 entries and that is no mean achievement. I would like to appreciate the captain of the Uganda Golf Club and his team for preparing a very good course. I would also like to appreciate the tournament committee for a successfully organized tournament.
Over the years, we have had a lot of supporters (corporate and individuals). We would like to appreciate our main sponsor Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for they have given us (Uganda Seniors Golfing Society) money, dressed all the players and have also provided the Entertainment but more significantly they have promised to stay with us for many years to come.
CAA Deputy Managing Director Fred Bamwesigye had this to say;
The senior Open Golf Championship is one of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) provisions that we usually do to give back to our stakeholders. Senior Golfers are frequent fliers and because we have the Entebbe International Airport and other 14 Airports in the country, the senior Golfers are our frequent customers and we are thanking them for being trusted partners in the business. Usually in the first week of December, we have an aviation week with so many activities that we do for our different types of customers. The seniors Golf Tournament is just one of them, we engage people in other games like Chess, Corporate League where we participate in the Netball and football tournament.
We are sending a strong message that aviation is here to stay and is for all. We (CAA) want to break the barriers where people think that aviation is for other people and we want all our partners to help us observe certain guidelines and rules in our effort to make everybody compliant to the rules of Aviation. It is our duty as CAA to grow the aviation industry and also ensure that our Airline becomes relevant to the citizens of the country but also beneficial to the whole country in terms of bringing in business of tourism from the rest of the globe.