The Kenya Open Golf Limited on Monday announced that the Kenya Open Golf Championship will have European Tour status from 2019 joining the elite series that features Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood.
While making the announcement, KOGL Chairman, Peter Kanyago, said that the attainment of the European Tour status grants the Kenya Open Golf Championship a larger profile which brings with it greater demands and rewards for all involved.
“I am pleased to announce that the Kenya Open Golf Championship, having been ascertained to attain the requirements to join the European Tour, has officially received the European Tour status and will be part the worldwide golf circuit starting next year,” he said.
Following the milestone, the KOGL has announced a Euros 1.1 Million (Approximately KES 126 Million) prize kitty for the 2019 Kenya Open Golf Championship; double the total prize money from this year’s tournament which marked the championship’s 50th anniversary.
The prize kitty increase also follows the announcement by President Uhuru Kenyatta in March this year that the Government is increasing its commitment towards the tournament.
Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia said that the government will continue to support the event.
“As a ministry, we are working with the KOGL to ensure that we have a sustainable Open and that we give you all the necessary support you need to achieve this goal,” said Kaberia.
At the same time, the KOGL announced that they will run a local to prepare Kenyan Professionals for next year’s Kenya Open.
“We are launching the Safari Tour – an eight event golf series featuring four-rounds of golf with a prize kitty of Ksh 1 million per event,” said Kanyago.
The first Safari Tour event takes place this weekend at the Nyali Golf and Country Club from the 18th to the 22nd of August.
The series will then move to Vet Lab Sports Club, in September, the Limuru Country Club in October, the Thika Greens Golf Club in November, the Karen Country Club in December and the Muthaiga Golf Club in January next year before a grand finale in February ahead of the Kenya Open in March.