By Christine Muchira
Close to 70 local and PGA professional golfers have signed up for the upcoming KCB Karen Masters, a first-of-it-kind tournament in Kenya that anchors KCB Bank’s golf sponsorship for this year.
KCB Bank has Thursday committed up to Ksh12 million for the KCB Karen Masters, highlighting the lender’s continued resolve to support sports in the region. The move will also see the bank sponsor several tournaments and club nights in golf courses across the country.
The inaugural KCB Karen Masters golf tournament is scheduled to take place in March 17-19, 2017 at the Karen Country Club where 46 PGA Pros and 22 local pros will showcase what has made them world class professional golfers.
Of these, 40 Pros are drawn from the European Challenge Tour.
KCB said this strong field of golfers drawn from all over the world indicates that Kenya is featuring prominently on the global golfing map. “KCB will continue being at the center of supporting the growth of this sport. We believe in supporting great ideas that will enable the country’s progress,” said KCB Group Chief Operating Officer Samuel Makome.
The 40 European Challenge Tour pros will be paired with local amateurs for a two day Pro-Am tournament running between Friday and Saturday before facing off with the local pros on Sunday for the blue jacket and the total prize money of US$15,000.
The tournament has attracted golfers from England, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Denmark and France among other countries.
The Tournament Director Andy Watt said: The fans should expect a great knock out competition during the three day event” he said adding that tickets will be selling for Kshs 500 covering the entire event.
English National Dinwiddie, who has pocketed € 1,438,839 in prize money so far, will be the man to watch.