NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Over 150 local and international golf players will compete in
Kenya’s KCB Karen Masters, which is a sanctioned Sunshine Tour
tournament starting on Thursday in Nairobi.
proper, which teeing off on Thursday has attracted 156 players
eyeing part of the 150,000 U.S. dollar prize pack on offer and
chance for the overall winner to pull on the prestigious blue
This will be the
first professional golf tournament to be sanctioned by the South
Africa-based Tour in East Africa.
The tournament has
had other stops in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland with majority
of the Sunshine Tour held in South Africa. The field of 156
players has been drawn from the Sunshine Tour in South Africa,
Kenya and across the East African region.
The tourney has two
Pro-Am events - on Tuesday and Wednesday - to help draw the best
amateurs to join the professional in the finals from Thursday to
tournament director Garry Todd said the event will help develop
the sport in East Africa.
“It’s a dream come
true for Sunshine Tour, we are delighted to come to East Africa,
This will develop golf in the region,” said Todd.
The foreign pros,
who will be joined by the 32 Kenyan pros and four local amateurs
on Thursday for the tournament proper, arrived in the country on
Sunday well in time for a busy golfing week.
professionals, it’s an opportunity to practice on the par 72
Karen Country Golf Club course ahead of the tee off with the
main event having four rounds as opposed to the three preferred
in the inaugural edition in 2017.
On Tuesday a total
of 31 teams featuring 31 pros participated in the Pro-Am event
where South African Smit Cambrinck won posting 94 points. The
second Pro-Am is set for Wednesday where about 30 pros will be
This is the first
international golf tournament played in Kenya with the second
being the European Challenge Tour, which is sanctioned as
Barclays Kenya Open.