Thairu swings to victory in Ubumwe Grande Hotel Monthly Mug golf tourney

Ubumwe Grande Hotel Monthly Mug golf tournament

Handicap 0-9

  • Winner: John Thairu – 72 nett
  • Runner up: Dr. Davis Kashaka – 75 nett

Kigali Golf Club vice-captain John Thairu swung to victory during the inaugural Ubumwe Grande Hotel Monthly Mug at Nyarutarama in Kigali.

He returned a score of 72 nett in the handicap 0-9 category, beating Dr. Davis Kashaka by three strokes.

Butera Rutagarama toppled all in the 10-18 handicap category, winning on countback after a tie 70 nett score with Chris Mburu.

Sanday Kabarebe took the top prize (Mug Cup) in handicap 19-28 category with 74 nett and James Mungai finished second with 77 nett.

In the seniors’ category, Jacob du Preez won the big mug with 68 nett score followed by Peter Doorest, who returned scores of 70 nett.


Olra Rwiyamirira edged pre-tournament favourite Rehema Karegeya to claim the women’s top prize after scoring 68 nett, while Karegeya finished on 71 nett.

Ubumwe Grande Hotel general manager, Kenn Munyeki assured the golfing family that this tournament will be staged every month.

We are sponsoring this tournament because we want to be identified with the golf fraternity and to promote sports in general in Rwanda, but also it gives us as a hotel a contact level.

We feel this is one of the ways to give back to society. There will also be a climax with a grand finale later in the year.

A strong field of 64 golfers in the men, women and seniors’ category graced the tourney.

Other top performers:

Handicap 10-18

  • Winner: Butera Rutagarama – 70 nett
  • Runner up: Chris Mburu – 70 nett

Handicap 19-28:

  • Winner: Sanday Kabarebe – 74 nett
  • Runner up: James Mungai – 77 nett


  • Winner: Jacob Du Preez – 68 nett
  • Runner up: Peter Doorest – 70 nett


  • Winner: Olra Rwiyamirira – 68 nett
  • Runner up: Rehema Karegeya – 71 nett

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