Johnnie Walker injects Sh410 million into the 82nd Uganda Golf Open 2023

Kampala, Uganda HABARI DAILY I The 82nd edition of Uganda’s prestigious annual golf extravaganza, the Uganda Golf Open Golf Championship, is gearing up to make a triumphant return at the Uganda Golf Club, commencing on Thursday, October 12th. 

The excitement surrounding this event reached new heights during a press launch held earlier today at the Uganda Golf Club, where it was revealed that Johnnie Walker, the iconic whisky brand celebrated for its bold and flavorful experiences, has taken the center stage as the title sponsor of the JW Uganda Golf Open 2023.

Johnnie Walker’s sponsorship deal is a testament to their commitment to elevating the game of golf, with a generous contribution of UGX 410 million. The brand’s involvement signifies a thrilling partnership that promises to enhance the overall golfing experience.

At the press briefing, Johnnie Walker Brand Manager, Christine Kyokunda, shared the exciting plans that the brand has in store for the Open. She expressed, “Johnnie Walker is renowned for showcasing a life of BIG FLAVOUR, 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 a dedicated lounge for players to unwind and provide guests with 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, shared Christine’s enthusiasm for the Open. He stated, “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 Golf Open, hosted at the picturesque par-70 golf course at Kitante, will feature a wide range of competitions. The event will kick off with the Ladies Open, Seniors Open, Amateur Open, Pro-Am, and culminate in the much-anticipated Professional Open, closing the golf extravaganza.

Emmanuel Wamala, the Captain of Uganda Golf Club, expressed the club’s impeccable readiness to host the upcoming tournament. “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,” Wamala said.

Moses Matsiko, the President of Uganda Golf Union, echoed Wamala’s sentiments and anticipates a wholesome and record-breaking turnout at this year’s tournament. “The Johnnie Walker Uganda Open will be an opportunity for golfers of all categories to showcase their talents and skills at a championship level. We will conclude with the Professionals, so prepare for a comprehensive and exciting tournament.”

In addition to Johnnie Walker’s significant support, the event attracted sponsorship from various entities, including NBS Sport, Pinnacle security, Aquafina, HTC, Case Medservices, Medisell, Orchard Interiors, and Absa Bank, who contributed Shs 200 million towards the tournament and are the official sponsors of the Pro-Am tournament.

Registration for this premier golfing event is now open through the Uganda Golf Union web portal at The 2023 JW Uganda Open Championship promises to be an outstanding event, bringing together the best of golf and the iconic Johnnie Walker experience

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