Hima Cement today announced a sponsorship of UGX 60 million for the Annual Captain's Prize Golf tournament scheduled for this week at the Uganda Golf Club.
This is the 13th consecutive year the company has sponsored the Captain's Prize tournament making it one of the longest-running sponsorships of Golf in the Country.
This year, Hima Cement announced, the professional purse has been boosted to UGX 10 million. Some of the professional golfers who have confirmed their participation this Wednesday and Thursday include Deo Akope, Philip Kasozi, Sadi Atibu, Amos Kamya Dennis Anguyo among many others.
The Amateur golfers will play on Friday and Saturday for the chance of walking away with various prizes.
"Hima Cement has been part of sports development in Uganda for many years. We have particularly demonstrated our full commitment to nurturing the growth of Golf," said Hima Cement Country Marketing Manager Allan Ssemakula while making the announcement on Wednesday at the Uganda Golf Club.
"I'm glad to announce that this year we are keeping up with our commitment, with a UGX 60 million sponsorship. The tournament will see the Professionals compete for a top prize of UGX 10 million," Mr. Ssemakula added.
The Club Captain, Henry Rugamba whose term comes to an end next Saturday, said Hima's continued support had contributed to development of the game in different ways.
"In the last year, we have changed the character of 3 holes on the Golf course, introduced a
now popular coffee bar, new menu and we acquired an
84" TV to create a great after golf atmosphere at the club," said the outgoing Captain.
"Hima has been very generous in supporting the Captain's Prize year on year. The
professional golfers and the course in Kasese, because of this contribution
and commitment golf has grown and is sustainable," Mr. Rugamba added.
Besides the Captain's Prize sponsorship, Hima Cement also sponsors the annual Hima Open Tournament which is played at the Kilembe Mines Golf Club.
There has been particularly a need to encourage the youth to come and play golf.
"Youth development at Uganda Golf Club is next on our agenda
we have not done enough to ensure tomorrow's champions are training today," the captain added.