Pro Golfers at this year’s Tusker Malt Uganda Golf Open will be teeing off with a smile come the 31st of August. This comes after Uganda Breweries Limited, through its flagship premium beer Tusker Malt Lager increased the cash prize to UGX 110 million shillings.
This year, Tusker Malt Lager increased their cash sponsorship of the Uganda Golf Open from UGX 200 million shillings to UGX 230 million shillings.
An additional UGX 270 million shillings as none cash sponsorship has also been injected into the tournament, taking the total sponsorship kit up to UGX 500 million shillings. This resonates with the status the game of golf is quickly attaining in the region and it further shows the confidence Tusker Malt Lager has in the Uganda Golf Union and the sport at large.
There has been a registered increase in the number of pros that will take part in this year’s tournament as opposed to last year.
This year, Uganda will play host to participants from countries such as; Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa. Notable among them will be Kenya’s Jacob Okello and winner of the 2016 Tanzania Golf Open, Nigeria’s number two golfer Sunday Olapade, Rwanda’s Jules Dusabe, Zambia’s Madalitso Muthiya and also last year’s first runner up and South Africa’s Joshua Seale among others.
Speaking to the Uganda Breweries Marketing Director, Juliana Kaggwa, she said; “Since our maiden sponsorship in 2010, the Uganda Open has been growing in stature and popularity amongst golfers from all over the region. We are determined to make golf one of the essential vehicles for socio-economic transformation in Uganda. Cumulatively, we have so far spent UGX 500 million in sponsorship of the tournament and this year.”
“We increased the cash prize for this year’s pros tournament to UGX 110 million shillings because we see the potential the game has in the region and we need to attract more players to play in the Tusker Malt Uganda Open.” she added.
At the launch of this year’s Tusker Malt Uganda Open, Johnson Omolo, the president of the Uganda Golf Union said that they had had consultations with the Sunshine Tour team regarding the dates for this year’s pros tournament. The dates were set so that we could have the participants from the tour also participate in Uganda.
The course at the Uganda Golf Club has been prepared to match the highest global standards. All tests that have been carried out on these luscious grounds have proved that the club has the capacity to handle a tournament of this magnitude.
“The golf course is ready and up to standard for a top class course. We have made adequate preparations and we are sure the players will have a good time at the greens. We received great feedback from the amateur players and we believe the pros will have same experience. We have top golfers coming in from the Sunshine Tour in South Africa and we know these will bring excitement to the tournament.” Johnson Omolo, President Uganda Golf Union said.
Tusker Malt Lager embodies the spirit of the game of golf. Tusker Malt lager is slow brewed with an ingredient base of 100% malt giving it that unmistakably rich, smooth premium taste that is widely recognized and that consumers have grown to love.