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Indiza bounced back as he over comes Uganda’s Rugumayo to win his 7th Uganda Golf Pro Open title

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Indiza(R) bounced back for his first win since 2018(Photo/Courtesy)

Kenyan veteran Dismas Indiza has won the professional event of the 2023 Johnnie Walker Uganda Golf Open. He bags a record 7th title, his first since last winning in 2018.

The 54-year-old Kenyan long hitter, carded 11 under par 277 after 72 holes, edging out Uganda’s Ronald Mugumya (280) who led the first three days before falling on the final day by three shots.

Indiza, has a double successive opens on his name came in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Rugumayo who took the first lead from day one, to day 3of the in lead but failed to live up with his performance in his first 3 rounds.

For the hard-earned sweat, Indiza earned about Ug.Shs 21,000,000 which is 21% of the total kitty (Ug.Shs 100,000,000).

During the last 18 holes, Indiza was aggressive, accurate, bullish but calm throughout.

He opened with an eagle on par-5 hole 1 and two successive birdies on holes 1 and 2.

The fine form continued with a par on hole 4, birdie on 5, pars on 6 and 7 before yet another birdie 8.

The grey patch came on par-3 hole 9 with a bogey, par on 10 and a bogey on par-3 hole 11 before crossing over the tunnel to the back-part of the course that is cris-crossed by the famous Kitante stream.

On the back, he started with a par score on hole 12, birdie on 13, pars on 14 and 15, another birdie on 16, bogey on 17 before finishing with par on the par-4 hole 18.

“When I finished with a -2 lead, I did not know I had already won. Rugumayo had holes to play yet and I thought he would catch up” Indiza stated.

Rugumayo, the leader over the first three rounds did not leave to his earlier form playing 1-over 73 during the last round.

The Lake Victoria Golf Resort and Spa sponsored golfer finished with 280 strokes (-8), in joint second place as Namibian, Paulino Kasoma.

Another Ugandan Phillip Kasozi finished fourth overall (282) to claim Ug.Shs 6,250,000.

Zimbabwean Visitor Mapwanya and Kenya’s Njoroge Kibugu finish joined 5th with Ugandan, David Kamulindwa settling for 7th.

Celestin Nsanzuwera  (Rwanda) and Jeff Kubwa (Kenya) tied for 8th place.

Recently crowned Uganda Amateur national champion Godfrey Nsubuga completed 10th but will not earn a penny from his performance because of his amateur status.

The professional open was the last part of the series of the prestigious championship after the juniors, ladies, seniors, amateurs and Pro-Am.

Johnnie Walker was the headline sponsor of the three weeks’ series.

Johnnie Walker Uganda Pro Open 2023 Final leaderboard

18th Johnnie Walker Uganda Golf Pro:

Winner: Dismas Indiza (Kenya): 72, 67, 71, 67 (277)  -11

T2: Paulino Kasoma (Namibia): 70, 69, 71, 70 (280) -8

T2: Ronald Rugumayo (Uganda): 67, 69, 71, 73 (280) -8

All Winners Since 2006 (Professionals):

·      2006 – Deo Akope (Uganda)

·      2007 – Dismas Ndiza (Kenya)

·      2008 – Dismas Ndiza (Kenya)

·      2009 – Richard Ainley (Kenya)

·      2010 – Dismas Ndiza (Kenya)

·      2011 – Dismas Ndiza (Kenya)

·      2012 – Dismas 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 (Zimbabwe)

·      2023 – Dismas Indiza (Kenya)

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