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  • The Kenya Open Golf Limited should spend the time between now and March 2021 to look into ways of organising a better tournament .
  • Increasing the prize money in Kenya Open qualifier tournament, the Safari Golf Tour, could be a good way of motivating the players.

The organisers of the 2020 Kenya Open Golf Championship, which was pushed to next year, should use the postponement to organise a better tournament.

The tournament is part of the lucrative European Tour and had been planned for March 12-15 before being pushed to November 12-15 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But on Thursday, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala announced that it had been cancelled due to travel restrictions and a ban on fans at the tournament due to the pandemic.

Designed to draw in top players from around the world, the annual tournament also promotes Kenya as a top tourist destination and is a major foreign-exchange earner for the country. Its postponement has also been informed by the fact that the government is yet to open the local sporting scene. 

The Kenya Open Golf Limited (KOGL) should spend the time between now and March 2021 to look into ways of organising a better tournament.

Not only that, the Professional Golfers of Kenya should organise quality tournaments to keep the local players in top shape.

At the same time, the KOGL should find ways of compensating professional and amateur golfers, who had been preparing for the Kenya Open.

Increasing the prize money in Kenya Open qualifier tournament, the Safari Golf Tour, could be a good way of motivating the players.

The KOGL should also consider exempting the 12 players, who had already qualified for 2020 Kenya Open tournament, from being subjected to another qualifier tournament.

It is hoped that the players will continue preparing and stay focused on competing when the tournament is held next year.