Ronald Rugumayo wins Captain’s Bell Golf Tournament, bags 10 million prize

In Summary
  • Absa bank doubles the cash prize to 20M
  • Ronald Rugumayo wins the tournament
Ronald Rugumayo, Golfer
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The 6th Absa sponsored Captain’s Bell Tournament was held over the weekend ushering in Paul Charles Rukundo as Captain and Jerry Owachi Vice Captain respectively. Over 220 golfers convened in the professional and amateur categories for a thrilling 19-hole experience at Uganda Golf Club, Kitante.

Absa bank, the sponsors of this annual event doubled the cash prizes, taking a total of UGX 20 million for the professional winners of the annual tournament.

“This enhanced prize structure is a reflection of Absa's commitment to developing and attracting top golfing talent to create a truly competitive atmosphere for the sport.” Mumba Kalifungwa, Managing director of ABSA bank said.

“For Absa, the Captain's Bell Tournament is not just about competition but also community. It's about fostering an environment where this talent can flourish and we are delighted to continue our partnership. This event aligns perfectly with our purpose of ‘empowering Africa’s tomorrow together one story at a time’,  supporting excellence and fostering a spirit of community. The increased prize money reflects our dedication to enhancing the experience for all participants,” he noted.

“We believe that such events can truly be game-changers in propelling Ugandan golfers onto the international stage. We believe every story matters and by supporting the Captain’s Bell Tournament and the Uganda Golf Club, we are making our contribution to the story of golf in Uganda,” Mumba added.

Perez Muhwezi and Rose Azuba emerged victorious winning the overall men and women’s trophies respectively.

The overall winner, Ronald Rugumayo, walked away with UGX 10 million and the rest of the UGX 10 million split among eleven professionals.

During his remarks, the new Captain Paul Charles Rukundo said his leadership would endeavor to foster the growth of both the sport and players.

"For over 70 years, the Captain's Bell tournament has united exceptional players, colleagues, and friends. Throughout this incredible journey, our community has flourished, thanks to the unwavering support of partners like Absa Bank Uganda. We deeply value their dedication to enhancing the sport of golf in Uganda," he said.