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EXCITEMENT AS ORGANISERS ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR KENYA OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS, NOVEMBER 12 -15 IT IS

Posted on Friday, 10th July 2020 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Guido Migliozzi celebrates after playing his winning putt at the 18th Green of the Karen Country Club to win the 2019 Kenya Open Golf Championships.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Local and global golf enthusiasts have a reason to smile after Friday’s announcement that the postponed Kenya Open Golf Championships will finally be held between November 12 and 15 at the initial planned venue, Karen Country Club.

The announcement was made by the Kenya Open Golf Limited and the European Tour today as the resumption of sporting activities in the world continue to pick momentum after more than a three-month lull following the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament was initially due to be played between March 12 and15 at the same venue, but was postponed following the Government directives to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

The rescheduled Magical Kenya Open is part of the European Tour’s reshaped 2020 schedule, with all tournaments subject to the Tour’s stringent medical health strategy which will evolve in line with government guidance in the countries the Tour visits.

Making this announcement, Peter Kanyago, the Chairman of the Kenya Open Golf Limited pointed out the special relationship that the Kenya Open continues to have with the European Tour and the aim of growing the game of golf in Kenya and the region.

The Kenya Open has been connected with the European Tour since the mid-1970s. We held the first designated full European Tour title event last year and we were all happy with the success. We would like to keep the momentum going by hosting the second European Tour event this year,said Peter Kanyago.

He added: “Being a European Tour event, the Magical Kenya Open will be televised live all over the world just like it was last year.This will give the Kenyan tourism industry the impetus it requires to start rebuilding after the devastation caused by the global pandemic as people all over the world see that our country is opening up.”

The prize purse for the rescheduled Magical Kenya Open 2020 will be1,000,000 and is expected to have a field size of 144 players. Out of these, 12 will be from the 2019-2020 Safari Tour as well as six amateur golfers selected by the Kenya Golf Union.

Ben Cowen, the European Tour’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer International, said: “We are very pleased to be able to keep the proud tradition of the Magical Kenya Open going this November. We look forward to working with Keyna Open Golf Limited, the tournament partners and everyone in the local region in staging another successful edition as part of our reshaped 2020 season.”

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VETLAB RE-AFFIRMS THEIR COMMITMENT ON CADDIES WELFARE

Posted on Wednesday, 29th April 2020 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Vetlab Sports Club vice chairman Mary Maingi

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Vetlab Sports Club has re-affirmed their commitment over ensuring proper welfare for their caddies after claims appeared on www.kenyagolfguide.co.ke that a section of their caddies were not satisfied the help being offered.

According to Mary Maingi, the club’s Vice Chairman, they have been steadfast in ensuring a proper welfare for their caddies, especially during the tough Covid-19 pandemic that has affected all sport globally.

“We would like to assure Vetlab Sports Club membership, staff and clients that the club is committed to it’s values of integrity, professionalism as well as respect for all. Caddies form an integral part of our club’s fraternity and whom we consistently credit for making the game of golf more enjoyable,” she said.

Maingi added: “With everything that is changing around us in these challenging times, Vetlab Sports Club remains committed primarily to the welfare of the 250 registered caddies. Since the Kenyan government announcement of the Covid-19 outbreak, Vetlab Sports Club continues to support and follow all government directives to mitigate spread of the virus among Kenyans with safety of club members, staff (including caddies) and clients being a top priority.”

The club official said they were among the first institutions to proactively rally its members towards supporting vulnerable Kenyans within its ranks.

“In our characteristic Vetlabs friendly spirit, members rallied together and they continue to support this worthy cause to ensure our caddies maintain their way of life and currently have a caddy kitty in their support. Further, Vet Lab Sports Club is committed to ensuring funds are utilised judiciasly with utmost integrity and accountability as has been the case that all executions are guided by Vetlab corporate governance structures,” she said.

She added: “Lastly, the club would like to reiterate that we care for all our stakeholders. This means doing what’s best for our members, suppliers, staff and the community by considering them in everything we do, doing the right thing with no exceptions as well as delivering with passion and excellence. We are committed to supporting our caddies and will ensure support that is offered to them during this period, gets to all the intended persons.”

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