ICEA LION Group Uganda supported the 24th edition of the Kinyara Open Golf Tournament with Shs30 million.
The tournament will be held at the Uganda Golf Club.
Speaking at a press conference to announce the sponsorship, Gabriel Kuria, ICEA LION General’s Chief Executive Officer said that the partnership with Kinyara Sugar Ltd has seen the golf tournament last over 6 years.
“Golf is progressively becoming a more popular and highly anticipated sport that more and more people are progressively picking an interest in. It gives us great pride to not only contribute to the development of the sport but also nurture golf talent in Uganda. We are hopeful that this talent will not only be the best locally but will also go across the Ugandan borders to compete at an international level,” he said.
The Kinyara Open is a two-day annual golf tournament that will take place November 24-26 in Masindi district.
It is expected to attract over 160 golfers - professional and amateurs - from across the country.
The professionals and gross players will play 36 holes on Friday, November 25, while the amateurs will play 18 holes on Saturday, November 26.
The event will be crowned with a party and prize-giving ceremony that Saturday at Kinyara Sugar Ltd grounds.
Caroline Amongin, the corporate communications manager of Kinyara Sugar Limited thanked ICEA LION Group Uganda, and other partners, for their continued support of the tournament over the years.
She said the relationship between Kinyara Sugar Limited and the golf union can only get stronger as it goes a long way to support the growing talent in the game of golf in Uganda.
“We are thrilled to be back after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Safety for all participants is going to be key and we look forward to welcoming all the participants and fans in Masindi come Thursday as we kick off this year’s tournament. We are expecting an increase in the number of golfers who desire to play in the Kinyara Open Golf tournament and I want to inform the participants that there are exciting prizes in store for group and top performers so I encourage you to bring your best game to the tournament,” Amongin said.
The tournament is a partnership between Kinyara Sugar Limited and Insurance companies (ICEA LION Group, Liaison Group, UAP Old Mutual, Sanlam, and MUA).
This year the sponsors have boosted the tournament with a K]kitty of Shs10m to be shared among the overall professional winners.