Uganda’s professional golfer Ronald Rugumayo has clinched a place in this year’s Magical Kenya Open following his impressive performance in the last Safari Tour event at the Karen Golf Club in Nairobi.
Although Rugumayo finished in second place, he showcased the best golf of his career during this leg, leading by two strokes heading into the final round. His outstanding performance included a career-best nine-under 63 in the second round, securing his position atop the 23-man field.
With 48 points earned from this leg, Rugumayo’s total of 112 points from four out of six tournaments this season propelled him ahead of David Kamulindwa by a single point.
This achievement marks Rugumayo’s third consecutive appearance in the Magical Kenya Open, making him the second-best non-Kenyan golfer from the tour, trailing behind Zimbabwe’s Visitor Mapwanya.
Reflecting on his qualification, Rugumayo expressed satisfaction with his game and described his journey as one of the greatest comebacks, particularly after missing out on Uganda Open points.
Despite missing out on the top spot, Rugumayo’s notable performance included 21 birdies over four rounds. However, he faced challenges, including nine bogeys, resulting in a second-place finish and a prize of sh2.3m.
Veteran Kenyan professional golfer Dismas Indiza claimed victory in the tournament, finishing six strokes ahead of Rugumayo and securing the lion’s share of sh3.5m.
The qualified professionals, including Rugumayo, are now gearing up for the Magical Kenya Open scheduled for February 22-25.