The much anticipated KCB Karen Masters teed off on Wednesday with a Pro- Am tournament that saw 32-year-old South Africa’s Toto Thimba emerge victorious alongside Wayua Mululu, Joe Muigai and Muchemi Gathugi.
KCB Group Chairman Andrew Kairu and KCB Group CEO and MD Mr. Joshua Oigara feted the golfers in a colorful ceremony on Wednesday evening at Karen Country Club flanked by Sunshine Tour tournament director Gary Todd.
“I wish to thank Karen Country Club for hosting us and tournament officials for the high standards of the tournament. I also appreciate all our partners who have made the 2019 event possible” said Kairu.
The Group CEO said” As KCB Bank, we are proud of our golf sponsorship over the years. For us, golf is an avenue of networking with our current and potential customers, we are keen to continue offering you the best banking experience across the region.
South African Toto Thimba, Ockie Strydom and last year’s runners up Merrick Bremner led their teams to scoop the top position in the Pro-Am tournament carding a total of 96,91 and 91 pints respectively. It was a day that saw PGK Captain CJ Wangai sink a hole-in-one at the par 3 hole 11.
Thursday’s action will see Kenyan golfers seek to cement their place among the Africa’s best as the pros action continues.
Kenya hopes lies in CJ Wangai, Simon Ngige, Charan Thethy, Erick Ooko, Greg Snow, Dismas Indiza, Nelson Mudanyi, Jacob Okello among others.
They will face stiff competition from Michael Palmer, Daniel Van Tonder, Merrick Bremner, JC Ritchie, and Luke Joy.
CJ Wangai is optimistic of Kenyans posting good results at the tournament.
“We have prepared quite well during the KCB Road to the Masters and we call upon Kenyans to cheers us on as we make history” said Wangai.
The bank has injected Kshs 70 million towards the staging of this year’s event.152 pros and 4 amateurs will be battling it out the KCB Karen Masters blue jacket.
The backing by Sunshine tour one of the five men leading tours globally, has raised the profile of the event exposing the pros and amateurs to the allure of playing at a world class golf event.