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
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
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
“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.