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Kenya set to host world’s 100 top golfers in July at Nairobi City

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- More than 100 top ranking professional golfers from across the globe, will troop to Nairobi for the second edition of a four-day international golf tournament slated for July.

The Karen Masters, which will be held in Nairobi, will see 152 local and international professional golfers and four top amateurs battle it out for the top honors, the Blue Jacket in the event in which the golf club has partnered with Sunshine Tour which is a South African-based professional expedition.

The players, who will include 100 top Sunshine Tour golfers, 32 local pros and 20 regional pros, will be drawn from 12 countries and regions around the world.

“What is about the event is the balance of the Sunshine Tour and other African professional players, which will afford golfers an opportunity to play against some of the best in the continent as well as gaining invitations to travel and play in other countries,” Andy Watt, the Tournament Director, said during the launch on Wednesday.

Officials of the international event toured the venue of the competition last month and gave the local organizers the consent to stage the contest after they confirmed that the 18-hole golf course met world class standards.

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), the sponsors of the event, have lined up 150,000 U.S. dollars in prize money for the winners of the competition which many amateur players are expected to use as a springboard to join the professional ranks.

“This is a great avenue for golfers to redefine their golfing experience as they engage with golfers across around the world because the event is important for the development of the game in Kenya,” Paul Russo, KCB Human Resource Director, said.

Already, the qualification criterion for amateurs has seen hundreds of golfer’s battle it out for a ticket to play against the top golfers through a series of competitions across the country that will see 12 winners get automatic qualification to play at the Masters tournament.

The players who will take part in the event are drawn from South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Ireland, England, United States, Australia, Sweden, Portugal and Chile.



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