Kenya Golf Guide

FROM LEFT-RIGHT: Ben Kiraithe-Vice Captain RNGC, Mona W.Karingi-Marketing Manager Coca-Cola, Odongo.M.Okeyo-Chairman RNGC, Karim Pisani-Captain RNGC, Lucy Awiti-Ladu Captain RNGC.


The greens of the Royal Nairobi Golf Club are once again set for the traditional Easter tournament- the Tanahill Shield. In its 90th edition, this year’s tournament scheduled for 18th – 20th April 2014 has attracted soft drinks manufacturer Coca-Cola as title sponsor

Speaking at the sponsorship announcement ceremony held at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club, Coca- Cola Africa Marketing Manager Ms. Mona W. Karingi lauded the tournament organizers for maintaining a streak for what is arguably Kenya’s longest running annual tournament. “90 years is indeed a long time and to consistently attract and maintain first class standards that has made the Tanahill what it is not an easy task” said Ms. Karingi. She added this legacy of longevity blends well with the Coca-Cola brand that has been serving refreshing beverages for 128 years.

Ms. Karingi spoke at the cheque hand over Ceremony where Coca- Cola committed Ksh. 2.3 million towards this tournament. Receiving the cheque on behalf of the tournament organizers, Royal Nairobi Golf Club Captain Mr. Karim Pisani thanked Coca- Cola for their continued support and participation in the Tanahill Shield tournament. He said “It is no secret that the support of partners like Coca- Cola goes a long way in making this tournament what is today and we applaud you and fellow sponsors and partners for breathing life into this 90 year old legacy.”

True to the nature of the tournament, we promise a repertoire of exciting events for both the players and guests”. “We have been challenged by the clubs to raise the bar in the event package and we have taken the challenge in our stride and package what we expect to be the best tournament in its 90 year history” added Mr. Pisan.

Coca-Cola, through its entire product range will provide refreshments for the players and spectators

The tournament was inaugurated in February 1924 traditionally known as the “Easter Tournament”. Amateur Players from selected Clubs congregate in Nairobi to play for the Silver Shield – famously referred to as the Tannahill Shield since 1938 when it was presented by Mrs.Tannahillin recognition of the contribution made to the Royal Nairobi Golf Club by her late husband – Arthur Tannahil.The Royal Nairobi golf Club has been the traditional home of the event.

Since its inception, participation is by the invitation of the Royal Nairobi Golf Club General Committee. In initial years, five clubs (Kiambu, Mombasa, Muthaiga, Nakuru and Nyeri) were invited to send teams comprising eight members. These days, nine clubs take part and the original format of foursomes match is still at play. The organizing committee has resisted many attempts over the years to convert it to a Ryder Cup style of singles, pairs and foursomes.

Taking a look at the past winners of the Tannahill Easter Tournament, in the early years Nairobi was virtually unbeatable, winning or tying in most events from 1924 to 1936.

Since the turn of the millennium, Muthaiga Golf Club has dominated the pole position – winning 8 out of the past 10 events.

The participating teams in this year’s event are Windsor, Mombasa, Karen, Sigona, Western, Limuru, Muthaiga, Railways and the Host Club Royal Nairobi Golf Club.

Coca-Cola is the official sponsor of the Royal Nairobi Golf Club Team which comprises of: Jay Sandhu, Bo Ciera(Team Captain), Josiah Kogo, Eric Ooko Obura, Jatinder Thethy, Jonathan Chebukati, Quaram Bhatti, Joshua Ichangi, Murwithania Mugambi and Peter Muigai Mburu. The Team Manager is Charan Thethy.






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