Professional Golfers of Kenya Captain CJ Wangai believes Kenyan
professional golfers will prevail at the inaugural KCB Karen
Masters tournament which starts this Friday.
Wangai said in an
interview that the series of events the locals have been through
will definitely come in handy..
“This is also good
for our participation at the forthcoming Kenya Open. The Road to
Kenya Open qualifiers, and the ongoing Jamii PGK Masters will
boost us immensely in terms of form,” said Wangai.
Kenya will field a
team of 23 pros at the inaugural Karen Masters who will also
represent the country at the Barclays Kenya Open.
Seventy foreign and
local pros will take part in the Karen Masters which is the last
build up towards the Kenya Open.
Forty of the pros
are drawn from the European Challenge Tour.
“This strong field
of golfers drawn from all over the world indicates that Kenya is
featuring prominently on the global golfing map,” added Wangai.
“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.
In a bid to offer
home players to requisite golfing experience, 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.
Director Andy Watt has urged fans to show up in large numbers in
anticipation of some vibrant entertainment.
Tickets to access
the course will be selling for Kshs. 500 covering the entire
Among the top pros
expected is Englishman National Dinwiddie, who has pocketed €
1,438,839 in prize money so far. He will be the man to watch.
The local charge
will be spearheaded by Dismas Indiza, Greg Snow, Jacob Okello,
Simon Ngige of Thika, Boniface Simwa of Eldoret, Richard Ainley,
Rizwan Charania of Windsor, Mathew Omondi of Vet Lab, Bryan
Njoroge and David Wakhu among others.
The Kenya pros will
join the competition on Saturday after the ongoing four round