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Mwenda wins Stanbic April mug as Kenyan ambassador Owinow signs out

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Robinson Mwenda carded a 66 to win the latest round of the Stanbic Bank Monthly Mug of Mugs played at the Uganda Golf Club (UGC), Kitante.

The monthly competitions not only give members a chance to win prizes, but also to collect points and be in a favorable position to win the Grand Mug of Mugs at the end of the season.

Mwenda led over 120 golfers in an event that was however overshadowed by the farewell to Kenyan High Commissioner to Uganda, General George Owino, an ardent golfer and the UGC Patron. The day’s action was dedicated to him.

Owino has been here since July 2022 and in the meantime, his love and dedication to the game has endeared him to many in the golfing fraternity.

Before UGC Trustee Charles Kareeba presented Gen. Owino with a gift, the Club Captain, Paul Rukundo described him as an exceptional gentleman.

He said Gen Owinow is a golfer who exhibited a competitive spirit and embodied the very essence of camaraderie and sportsmanship.

He said, “Grace on the green, camaraderie on the 19th. You have fostered friendships across the fairways, always ready with a warm smile and words of wisdom. Your dedication to serving people is admirable but it’s your unwavering commitment to fostering the friendliness amongst Kenya and Uganda, always preaching inclusivity and togetherness, that we shall cherish the most.”

Rukundo said: “You have enriched our golf club with not only your golfing prowess, but with your genuine warmth and infectious enthusiasm for people. Though your tour of duty is coming to an end, it is embedded into the fabric of UGC where it will remain intact.”

He said, “We at the UGC are saddened by your departure, but we understand the call of home. You not only leave admirers of your golfing skills but also friends who will miss you dearly. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours.” 

Owino praised Ugandans for their hospitality.  He said he had a wonderful experience, work-wise, social-wise, and in golf where he has helped several individuals to learn the game.

The one-day tournament was also attended by golfers from Nakuru and another group of Kenyan golfers based in Dubai including the outgoing diplomat’s son, Kevin Owino.

Overall winner

Robnison Mwenda 66nett

Group A-Men

Paul Nuwagaba 72c/b

Vincent Katutsi 72

Group B

Sam Ssejjaaka 70

Mark Namanya 71

Group C

Nester Byamugisha 71

Collins Apuayo 72

Group A-Ladies

Peace Kabasweka 72

Gloria Mbaguta 78

Group B

Susan Tashobya 71

Jackie Kamunyu 78

Guest winner

John Nganga 70

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