State injects Sh253m into Kenya Open Championship

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala (second, left), Kenya Open Golf Limited Chairman Peter Kanyago (2nd, right), Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia (right) and Barclays Bank Chief Finance Officer Yusuf Omari display the Kenya Open Golf winner’s trophy on Monday at Karen Country Club. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

What you need to know:

  • Balala noted the government has lived up to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s pledge last year to double the tournament’s sponsorship so as to improve its status.
  • Kenya Open Golf Limited chairman Peter Kanyago said that other than Magical Kenya and Barclays, other sponsors are Kenya Breweries, Hemmingway’s Nairobi, Coca-Cola, Wilken Group, Copycat, AAR, Nation Media Group, DStv and Meridian Group.
  • Obath said Kenya will provide 18 players; 12 professionals and six amateurs, which is a drastic reduction to when the event was on Challenge Tour.

The government has taken over as title sponsor of the 2019 Kenya Open Golf Championship slated for March 14-17 at Karen Country Club.


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