All is set for the 2014 Kenya Open Golf challenge

All is set for the 2014 Kenya Open Golf challenge

All is set for the 2014 Kenya Open Golf challenge

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With three weeks to tee off, the tournament has reached the penultimate stage of planning, with organizers and tournament officials putting on the final touches on what promises to be a grueling and competitive Barclays Kenya Open 2014. The tournament will be held at Karen Country Club from 6th – 9th March 2014. 

There will be two Pro-ams on 5th March. One will be at Karen Country Club and is sponsored by Barclays Bank of Kenya. The other will be held at the Muthaiga Golf Club and will be sponsored by Coca Cola, through their brand Coke.

The Kenya Open continues to attract players from around the globe, with a total of 156 competitors expected from the East Africa region, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia. A total of 26 countries will be represented and Kenya will be represented by at least 22 professionals who are members of the PGK. The compliment of Kenyans is completed by six amateurs namely; John Karichu, Nelson Simwa, Tony Omuli, Robinson Owiti, Justus Madoya and Daniel Nduva the best junior player.

This year’s prize money for the championship is € 200,000 Euros, up from € 190,000 last year and the winner will receive €32,000. This money is raised mostly from the local corporate base.

The tournament will once again be held at Karen Country Club, which  aside from a rich history, also plays host to one of the finest and most spectacular Golf courses on the continent. The course is superbly maintained and a major change from last year is the creation of a large water feature between holes 12 and 18. This will increase the difficulty of the two holes. There is also a new green now on hole 4 and hole 5 has fully matured after major changes last year. For the first time this year the course will play its full par of 72 (previous years it has been reconfigured to play a par 71) a fact that will make for truly exciting Golf.

Another expected change this year is due to the new water feature that has been created where the golf village was last year, moving the golf village to the driving range. The driving range will be off site and will now allow players to use their driver due to the length of this temporary range – a feature that players will welcome. 

The companies that have come in to support the event by sponsorship include Coca Cola, with their COKE brand, Transcentury, Safaricom, Kenya Breweries Limited, Toyota Kenya, British American, Kenya Power Company Limited, CCK, NMG and Hemingway’s, the hotel for the officials.

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