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Zimbabwe’s Chinhoi conquers Uganda Open a 2nd time

MANY REASONS TO SMILE: The champ Chinhoi from Zimbabwe and his trophies that will be backed by a cheque of sh21million.  📷 @LLubulwa

💠 Top four
1⃣ R Chinhoi 🇿🇼 69,70,66,72 – 277 (-11)
2⃣ S Ngige 🇰🇪  75,74,67,71 – 287 (-1)
3⃣ R Rugumayo 🇺🇬 73,70,67,77 – 287 (-1)
4⃣ G Snow 🇰🇪  74,70,70, 76 – 290 (-2)


✴ Robson Chinhoi 🇿🇼
👉2022Champ 🏆

✳ Kampala ⛳🇺🇬
✳ Lubumbashi ⛳🇨🇩
✳ Kinshasa ⛳🇨🇩

Kigo, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG & PHILLIP CORRY  |  Robson Chinhoi showed what the Uganda Open victory means to him, by excitedly diving into Lake Victoria after his final putt Saturday.

Having totally annihilated the field, the Zimbabwean gave media something else to write about on the final day when he took off his shoes, dived into the water, swam 20m and resurfaced wet and pumping his fist in the air to mark his 2nd Uganda Golf Open victory.

It was a rare show of emotion from Zimbabwe’s top golfer, who in the last two months also secured victory at the lucrative Lubumbashi and Kinshasa Opens in the DRC.

Moments earlier, he had secured victory, 10 shots ahead of the runners-up at the 17th edition of the Uganda Open Pro Golf Championship. Tied in second were Ugandan Ronald Rugumayo and Kenyan Simon Ngige Mburu, whose 71 score on the final day propelled him into 2nd position at the picturesque Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa course.

A record 14 Ugandan professionals, that includes Irene Nakalembe who is the first Lady to make the cut at the Open, plus amateur Ibra Bagalana, competed in the race for cash prizes for the top 30.

While former champion (2014) Deo Akope failed to make the cut, the performance this year was an improvement on last year, when Uganda had 11, and 2 amateurs.  Defending champion Jastas Madoya from Kenya did not make the cut this time.

It is the second time that this event returns to this championship course with the last winner of this tour at this picturesque facility being Zambian Madalisto Muthiya, who is a well established Pro on the South African Sunshine tour.

The prize fund or Kitty for this tournament is sh97.5 million, with the overall winner walking away with 21 million shillings. The pro event is part of the Absa sponsored East Africa Safari Tour and the first leg of 2022-2023 lucrative Pro tour.

The Uganda Open has grown in stature and is one of the Biggest event on the Safari Tour attracting Pro golfers from Southern Africa, Central Africa, West Africa.

Prize money – top 10

1st – Shs 21,000,000/=
2nd – Shs 14,000,000/=
3rd  – Shs 8,460,000/=
4th – Shs. 6, 250,000/=
5th – Shs 5,000,000/=
6th  – Shs 4,170,000/=
7th – Shs. 3,570,000/=
8th – Shs. 3,130,000/=
9th  – Shs. 2,278,000/=
10th – Shs. 2,500,000/=

✳ Winners of Pro Open since 2006:
2006 – Deo Akope (Uganda)
2007 – Dismas Ndiza (Kenya)
2008 – Dismas Ndiza (Kenya)
2009 – Richard Ainley (Kenya)
2010 – Dismus Ndiza (Kenya)
2011 – Dismus Ndiza (Kenya)
2012 – Dismus Ndiza (Kenya)
2013 – Vicent Byamukama (Uganda)
2014 – Deo Akope (Uganda)
2015 – Madalisto Muthiya (Zambia)
2016 – Joshua Seale (South Africa)
2017 – Stephen Ferriera (Portugal)
2018 – Dismas Indiza (Kenya)
2019 – Madalisto Muthiya (Zambia)
2020 – Robson Chinhoi (Zimbabwe)
2021- Jastas Madoya (Kenya)

2022- Robson Chinhoi


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