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Local Pros to play in four of the five Road to The Masters series

With the KCB Karen Masters 2019 celebrating it's second year in the prestigious Sunshine Tour, local professional and amateurs have an opportunity to sharpen their skills in a five leg qualifying series dubbed 'Road to The Masters', reports SAMSON ATEKA.

Speaking during the launch of the five series at the Karen Country Club on yesterday, KCB Group Director of Marketing and Communications Angela Mwirigi said:

"We are redefining golfing in Kenya by increasingly giving more opportunities to amateur and professional golfers across the country.

"We believe in growing sports talent for local and international competitions. It’s our way of using golf to promote sports tourism and as a result catalyzing Kenya’s economic growth agenda"

Professional will play in the last four events apart from Sigona while amateurs will play in five rounds of the Road to the Masters.

This year will be Karen Master's third edition. The qualifying events for this year's will feature a PrpAm competition where amateurs have an opportunity to play alongside pros.

Among the pros expected for the event are Dismas Indiza of Mumias, Greg Snow of Muthaiga, David Wakhu of Golf Park, Rizwan Charania of Windsor, Jacob Okello of Eric Ooko of Royal and CJ Wangai of Sigona.

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Kenya Commervial Bank Group Director, Marketing and Communications, Angela Mwirigi, presents a promotion cheque worth Kshs. two Million, to the PGK Chairman, Charan Thethy (second left). Looking on are Sam Odoyo, from KCB Stakeholder Relations andprofessional golfer Elisha Kasuku,
The Road to The Masters will begin with n amateur tournament at Sigona on February 25.

On March 30 action moves to Sigona while Thika leg is scheduled for Apri13.

Nakuru will host the penultimate leg on May 11 with the final qualifier set for June 15 at Royal.

The Bank has put aside Kshs. 2 Million as prize money for the local pros—Ksh500,000 for each of the four tournaments they will take part in.

The KCB Karen Masters which will be held at the Karen Country Club on from June 25-30, 2019.

"We appreciate the confidence the golfing fraternity has on our brand and we certainly see this as a long term partnership with mutual benefits both for the golfers in the region but for the Bank as well in terms of extending its reach across the country," Mwirigi added.z.

Professional Golfers of Kenya (PGK) has been tapped by the Bank to coordinate the pros for the Road to the Masters.

The Prize money for the pros will be split 60/40 for each leg.

The 60 per cent will be prize money for the top 15 finishers and 40 per cent will be set aside as a bonus amount for those who meet the set scores for the different courses, PGK Chairman Charan Thethy said.

Each of the 5 Legs will be used as amateur qualification round to play the pro-am event at the KCB Karen Masters where 6 winners will be selected from each leg.

This means 30 amateurs stand a chance of participating at the prestigious international golfing event.

From each club, the qualifiers will be Men Winner, Lady Winner, Guest Winner, Staff Winner, Junior Winner and a Wild Card winner, KCB said at the launch which was also marked by a Club night sponsorship.

This year, the Bank has enhanced its sports sponsorship, reaffirming its confidence in the power of sports to influence lives positively.

It said the sponsorship across disciplines is a strategic avenue to engage with communities and build talent across the East African region.

Last month, KCB said it had committed Kshs.75 million towards motorsports for the next three years, making a comeback as title sponsor of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC).




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