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Golf tourism encouraged as Namanya, Maraka win Kenya Day Golf

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 9th December 2019 11:53 AM

Playing off handicaps 28 and 30 respectively, the two emerged with the best net scores from the rain-soaked course to add more prizes in their budding golfing careers.

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Mark Namanya (left) and Brenda Maraka (right) pose with Christine Kilonzo from the Kenya High Commision after they topped the Kenya Day Golf Tournament at Kitante, Dec 7 2019. Photos by Michael Nsubuga

Playing off handicaps 28 and 30 respectively, the two emerged with the best net scores from the rain-soaked course to add more prizes in their budding golfing careers.

 

Kenyan High Commissioner to Uganda Kiema Kilonzo has urged East African residents to embrace golf tourism as they continue to exploit the different business opportunities in either country.

Kilonzo was speaking to golfers at the end of the one-day Kenya Day Golf Tournament at Kitante on Saturday.

“We want to salute Kenya Airways who have decided to waive off baggage fees for golf bags within East Africa that will now be free of charge. We want to encourage golf tourism. We want to see Kenyan and Ugandan golfers playing on either side of their borders,” Kilonzo said.

ark amanya  right receives an air ticket from enya irways ountry anager ucie alu left and erena otels llen mpaire after he topped the enya ay olf ournament at itante ec 7 2019 Mark Namanya (right) receives an air ticket from Kenya Airways Country Manager Lucie Malu (left) and Serena Hotel's Allen Ampaire after he topped the Kenya Day Golf Tournament at Kitante, Dec 7, 2019.

 


He also urged the East African Community residents to continue inter-trading among themselves and urged East African governments to listen to the private sector in their respective countries because they were the back-borne of their economies.

On the course, Mark Namanya and Brenda Maraka emerged the best and will fly to Nairobi and Mombasa respectively courtesy of Kenya Airways and also enjoy Serena Hotels’ hospitality at both destinations after they topped the tournament.

The tournament is held annually in Uganda to enable Ugandans to celebrate Kenya’s independence with their Kenyan neighbours in the spirit of East Africa’s integration. The tournament is also used to cement the two countries’ business and tourism sectors.

Playing off handicaps 28 and 30 respectively, the two emerged with the best net scores from the rain-soaked course to add more prizes in their budding golfing careers.

 araka receives her prizes from enya igh ommisions hristine ilonzo Maraka receives her prizes from Kenya High Commission's Christine Kilonzo (center).

 


“The rain was an issue but I’m glad I played and finished. I’m really excited about this and I would like to thank my playing partner Freda who has always encouraged me to play. It has taken a whole village to teach me how to play golf but I think I will continue improving and become a better golfer,” Maraka said

Namanya, who is barely a year in golf bagged his first career win and promised more of such performances.

“The front-nine was quite good the back was better than the last time I played it. I’m very happy to win this tournament, though it might come with chopping my handicap I’m not scared and I will continue winning these tournaments,” Namanya stated.

The tournament was sponsored by different Kenyan enterprises operating both in Uganda and Kenya.

 ilonzo left reads out awardees Kilonzo (left) reads out awardees.

 


Kenya Day Golf Results

Overall winners

Men: Mark Namanya 54nett

Ladies: Brenda Maraka 55

Group A

Ernest Rukundo 55

Charles Mubiru 57

Onyango Matata 58

 


Group B

Robert Okot 57

Ashishi Arora 58

David Ssekitoleko 59

Group C

Luwum Adoch 55c/b

Chirag Kotecha 55

Tushar Mashru 56

 


Ladies Group A

Gertrude Acato 63

Gloria Mbaguta 64

Rose Azuba 66

Group B

Sung Yi Hong  63c/b

Ruth Ssali 63

Neema Tindyebwa 64

 


Guests

Robert Ejiku 55

Martin Kibirige57

Bruce Aijuka 58

Longest Drive

Anne Abeja

John Musimenta

Nearest to the pin

 

 

 

 

 

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