Members of the Safari Tour 2019-2020 season will receive financial aid from the Kenya Open Golf Limited to cushion them against the effects of Covid 19.
Kenya Open Golf Limited Chairman Peter Kanyago says the gesture will help professional golfers meet some of their financial commitments at a time when they can’t play golf due to restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the virus.
Among the 54 Safari Tour members, 39 are Kenyans, 10 Ugandans, two Nigerians, while Senegal, Rwanda and Zimbabwe have one representative each.
The tour members participated in 11 tournaments played from August 2019 and February 2020 with 7 out of the 11 tournaments played in Kenya while 4 were played in Uganda.
“Many of our professional golfers have been adversely affected by the current restrictions instituted to minimize the spread of COVID-19. In doing their part to stop the spread of the dreaded virus, our members have suffered a lot due to loss of income. We are giving them a small token to help take some sting out of these harsh and uncertain times.” Kanyago said.
The money which is drawn from the entry and membership fees charged during the 2019-2020 season will be shared among the 54 members of the Safari Tour.
Captain of the professional golfers of Kenya John Wangai lauded the decision by the Kenya Open Golf Limited saying it could not have come at a better time.
“This is the best thing that has happened to professional golfers since the postponement of the Magical Kenya Open in March. On behalf of the Safari Tour family, I would like to thank the board of Kenya Open Golf Limited for coming to our aid at our hour of need.” He said.
The Kenya Open Golf Limited will consult with the Government of Kenya to find the safest way to commence the 2020-2021 Safari Tour.