In a display of sheer golfing prowess and determination, Titus Okwong and Janet Kabayonga emerged as the shining stars at Equity Rwenzori Open 2024, held at the par 70 course of Toro club in Fort Portal this weekend.

Titus Okwong, a formidable national team player, showcased his mastery of the game by successfully defending his title at the 4th edition of the Equity Rwenzori Open. In a dazzling performance, Okwong achieved a remarkable five under par, clinching victory with a commanding four-shot lead over his closest competitors, Abdul Kakeeto and Joseph Cwinyaai who brought 69 gross in the intense competition that unfolded over a single day.

Meanwhile, Janet Kabayonga illuminated the women’s gross category with her exceptional skill and finesse, finishing with a stellar score of 80. Her triumphant display saw her outshine Rachael Natukunda who played 83 gross, a rising star and graduate of the Afriyea Golf Academy, Rachael   also who also secured a spot as a qualifier for the Uganda Girls National Team 2024 during the 72 hole qualifiers held in Kampala and Entebbe recently. Kabayonga’s victory underscored the growing talent and diversity within the realm of women’s golf, setting a new standard for excellence on the course.

The Equity Rwenzori Open, attracted a participation of 83 players from eight golf clubs, and this served as a platform for both men and women to showcase their talents and competitive spirit. The event not only highlighted the inclusive nature of the sport but also underscored the high level of performance and dedication exhibited by all participants across the different categories.

Frank Kirungi, Chairman of Toro club, expressed pride in the enduring partnership between the club and Equity Bank, emphasizing the positive impact of the bank’s steadfast sponsorship over the past four years. Kirungi voiced his hopes for the renewal of this invaluable partnership, foreseeing further growth and development of golf within the region.

The Manager of Equity Bank in Fort Portal echoed similar sentiments, expressing deep satisfaction with the tournament’s profound impact on Toro Club and the broader community. Embracing the bank’s core mission of transforming lives, the manager affirmed their commitment to supporting events like the Equity Rwenzori Open, which not only elevate the sport of golf but also provide essential banking services to the community, promoting financial inclusivity and security.

In reflecting on his triumphant performance, Titus Okwong, the overall champion of the tournament, shared his elation at successfully defending his title. “This tournament holds a special place in my heart, and winning it with a strong score is truly a dream come true,” said Okwong, highlighting the significance of victory on familiar grounds and the aspirations shared by every young player in the region.