Namutebi wins MTN Golf Open

It was all joy for Rehema Namutebi after she won the 16th edition of MTN Golf Open over the weekend. Namutebi posted the overall best score of 57 Net to win the two-day event at the newly constructed 9-hole Kigali Golf Course in Nyarutarama over the weekend.
Namutebi (R) won herself an iPhone 5 courtesy of MTN and an air ticket to any destination of her choice, thanks to RwandAir. / Sam Ngendahimana
Namutebi (R) won herself an iPhone 5 courtesy of MTN and an air ticket to any destination of her choice, thanks to RwandAir. / Sam Ngendahimana

Sunday 

Car winner: Michel Kayihura Makolo

 

Overall winner

 

Rehema Namutebi 57 Net

 

Seniors

Andrew Nkwandi 63 Net
Ian Whitworth 64 Net

Women


Rehema Namutebi 57 Net
Jenny Linda 63 Net

Men:

Handicap 0-9
Innocent Rutamu 69 Net
Gadi Musasizi 69 Net
Handicap 10-18
Chy Young 63 Net
John Bosco Mugabe 64 Net
Handicap 19-28
Benjamin Mukisa 61 Net
Zeng 64 Net

It was all joy for Rehema Namutebi after she won the 16th edition of MTN Golf Open over the weekend. Namutebi posted the overall best score of 57 Net to win the two-day event at the newly constructed 9-hole Kigali Golf Course in Nyarutarama over the weekend.

With a handicap of 16 that improved to 14 after her triumph, Namutebi, who also recently won the inaugural Liberation Day tournament that took place in July, stunned a strong field that included seasoned golfers, both men and women. For her victory, she won herself an iPhone 5 courtesy of MTN and an air ticket to any destination of her choice, thanks to RwandAir, on top of the trophy.

“I feel proud and excited to have won such a high profile tournament,” she told Times Sport, before adding that, “basically what I do is not to compete against anyone but to have the perfect game.”

Innocent Rutamu and Gadi Musasizi tied for top spot with 69 Net in the handicap 0-9 category, and each won an iPhone 5 and Samsung J 1 respectively.

In the handicap 10-18 category, Chy Young returned 63 Net beating John Bosco Mugabe by one stroke to win a Samsung S5 Mini while Mugabe took home a Samsung J1.

The third group (handicap 19-28), Benjamin Mukisa returned 61 Net to win a Samsung S5 Mini and was followed by Zeng, who returned 64 Net to win a landline telephone


Meanwhile, Michel Kayihura Makolo, a member of the Kigali Golf Club won a brand new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport - 2016 Model. This year’s event was sponsored by MTN Rwanda, Victoria Motors Rwanda Ltd and RwandAir.

The car, which is valued at US$72,000 (about Rwf57 million), courtesy of Victoria Motors Rwanda Ltd was to be won as prize for a hole-in-one, on Holes 1 and 10.

However, none of the 102 golfers managed to get a hole in one and a raffle was done at end of the two-day tournament on Sunday evening, with Kayihura emerging as the lucky winner.

“I don’t know what to say but I am very happy, this is the biggest surprise I have ever had and I would like to thank Victoria Motors Rwanda Ltd for sponsoring this prize,” said Kayihura.

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