Kampala – The Uganda Open Golf Championship, one of East Africa’s most prestigious golf events, is set to return in grand style for its 82nd edition. The tournament will take place at the Uganda Golf Club in Kampala, commencing on Thursday, October 12th. Excitement is building as this year’s event introduces a new title sponsor, Johnnie Walker, an iconic whisky brand known for its rich and flavorful experiences.
The announcement of Johnnie Walker’s sponsorship, valued at Shs 410 million, was made during a press launch held at the Uganda Golf Club earlier today. The partnership highlights Johnnie Walker’s commitment to elevating the game of golf and enhancing the experience of this year’s tournament.
During the press briefing, Christine Kyokunda, the Brand Manager for Johnnie Walker, unveiled the brand’s exciting plans for the Uganda Open. She emphasized, “Johnnie Walker is renowned for showcasing a life of BIG FLAVOR, and that’s precisely what we’re bringing to this year’s Open. We will be immersing guests, golfers, and golf enthusiasts alike in memorable flavorful experiences at the Hospitality villages. This vibrant space will comprise of a dedicated lounge for players to unwind and shall provide guests an immersive golf and whisky experience. Attendees can also look forward to thrilling 19th hole experiences, with the unmistakable Johnnie Walker touch at its core.”
James Ochen, Head of Sales Operations at Uganda Breweries Limited, echoed the enthusiasm for the tournament, saying, “As you’ve heard from Tina, we’re thrilled to be back with the Uganda Golf Open, now with the grandeur of our iconic brand, Johnnie Walker. UBL has been a steadfast supporter of the game, evident through our long-standing relationships with you all through our other brands over the years. We have exciting plans for this year’s tournament, and you can rest assured it will be exceptional.”
The Uganda Open, hosted at the picturesque par-70 golf course at Kitante, will feature a range of competitions, starting with the Ladies Open, Seniors Open, Amateur Open, Pro-Am, and culminating in the highly anticipated Professional Open, which will bring the golf extravaganza to a thrilling close.
Emmanuel Wamala, the Captain of Uganda Golf Club, expressed the club’s readiness to host the event, stating, “As a club, we are fully prepared for the open. We are committed to presenting a course in pristine condition, and we are even offering three practice rounds for participants to make the most of. I’d like to express our sincere gratitude to our Title sponsors, Johnnie Walker, for their invaluable support. To our other partners, thank you immensely. Let’s all convene on the 12th.”
Moses Matsiko, the President of Uganda Golf Union, anticipates a record-breaking turnout at this year’s tournament, emphasizing the opportunity for golfers of all categories to showcase their talents. He thanked sponsors, media partners, and service providers for their contributions, ensuring the success of the open.
In addition to Johnnie Walker’s substantial support, the event secured sponsorship from NBS Sport as the official media partner, Pinnacle Security for tournament security, Aquafina as the official soft beverage sponsor, HTC, Case Medservices, Medisell, Orchard Interiors, and Absa Bank, which contributed Shs 200 million toward the tournament and is the official sponsor of the Pro-Am tournament.
Registration for the premier golfing event is now open through the Uganda Golf Union web portal at www.golf-uganda.com.
Summary of 2023 Johnnie Walker Uganda Open Schedule:
- Ladies Open: 12th to 14th October
- Seniors Open: 13th to 14th October
- Amateur Open: 18th to 21st October
- Pro-Am: 24th October
- Professional Open: 24th to 28th October