Kenya Golf Guide

Kenya Open Golf Limited directors (from left to right) Francis Okwara (KGU Chairman), Peter Warui, Joe Wangai, Peter Kanyago (Chairman), Patrick Obath ( tournament director), Kathleen Kihanya and Samson Ndegwa during a luncheon to launch the sponsorship campaign for 2014 Kenya Open at a Nairobi hotel today.


The prize money for next year’s Barclays Kenya Open Golf Championship has been increased from 195, 000 Euros to 200, 000 Euros.

This was announced today by Kenya Open Golf Limited (KOGL) chairman Peter Kanyago when the event organisers Kenya Open Golf Limited hosted tournament sponsors and suppliers to a luncheon at a Nairobi Hotel.

“This year’s event was successful and it gives us a great challenge to make next year’s tournament even better. We have raised the prize money from this year’s Sh22.9million (195, 000 Euros) to Sh23.6million for next year’s event,” said Kanyago.

He added: “To raise this we need a lot of money and we have a budget of Sh50 million to host a successful tournament. The four round tournament will be held between March 6 and 9 at the Karen Golf and Country Club.”

The Kenya Open is considered as Africa’s premier event, but ironically there is no Kenyan player who has won it in history.

The closest a Kenyan came to winning the tournament was in 1998 when Golf Park’s Jacob Okello tied with Argentine Ricardo Gonzalez after four rounds and before losing in a sudden death play-off.

Spain’s Jordi Garcia Pinto claimed his maiden European Challenge Tour title at this year’s tournament after an intensely dramatic finale at the Barclays Kenya Open, finishing one shot clear of Tim Sluiter.

“Sponsors should seize the opportunity to advertise their products on the greens and tees during the event and they will certainly get value for their money. More than half of the Sh50 million budget goes to prize money and sanction fees,” said tournament director Patrick Obath.

The platinum sponsorship will cost Sh10m, while gold sponsorship will cost Sh7.5m and Silver sponsorship will cost Sh5m. Bronze sponsorship will cost Sh2.5m. huarache homme huarache homme

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