KCB's 8.7 Million Sunshine to East African Golf Tour

KCB's 8.7 Million Sunshine to East African Golf Tour

KCB's 8.7 Million Sunshine to East African Golf Tour

This year's Kenya Commercial Bank East Africa Golf Tour will not be part of South Africa's Sun Shine Tour.

The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) chairman Charan Thethy said the Sunshine Tour which took place last year will not be incorporated or co-sanctioned to this year's edition due to logistical problems.

Following the development in a bid to strengthen the East Africa Golf Tour, the Muthaiga leg has been upgraded into a regional tournament.Hence, the prize money for the Muthaiga leg has been increased from Sh500, 0000 to Kshs.1million which is awarded at the regional competitions.

“With the Muthaiga leg being elevated to regional status is a plus in enhancing and improving golf in East and Central Africa given that there are a few professional golfing events in the region due to lack of sponsors,” said Thethy.

The other events which are not regional will enjoy a prize fund of KSh.500, 0000 each for Nakuru, Nyanza and Thika.The tour, Kenya's premier golf championship is modeled along the lines of the Sunshine, European and US PGA tours.

The title sponsors Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) has given Kshs.8.7 million for this year's edition which kicks of on February 2 at the Thika Golf Club and ends August 11 in Nyali in the eight round competition.

This year's tournament comprising of eight events which involves both amateur and professional golfers will feature in Thika, Muthaiga (Nairobi), Nyanza (Kisumu) and Nakuru golf clubs in Kenya, and Arusha Gymkhana Golf Club in Tanzania, Kigali Golf Club in Rwanda and Uganda Golf Club in Uganda.

The calendar commences in February with the first KCB East African Golf Tour competition that is the KCB Biashara Club Invitational being hosted at the Thika Golf Club on February 2-4 to be followed by the KCB Advantage Banking Challenge at the Muthaiga Golf Club slated for March 2-5 and the KCB S&L Mortgages Classic at the Nyanza Golf Club scheduled for April 6-9.

Other competitions are the KCB Bank Tanzania Open at the Arusha Gymkhana on May 11-14 with the KCB Bank, Rwanda Open at the Kigali Golf Club on May 25-28 then the Corporate Banking Open at the Nakuru Golf Club slated for June 8-11.

The KCB Bank Uganda Open in Uganda will be held on July 6-9 before culminating in the grande finale on August 10-11 at the Nyali Golf Club.

The bank's Divisional Director for Information Technology, Tony Githuku said the bank's objective is to continue to grow this championship to a level where it will attract top regional golfers to Kenya hence promoting KCB Group as a continental brand and Kenya as a destination for golf tourism.

The chairman thanked KCB for sponsoring the championship and urged other corporate to come forward.

“KCB is the only corporate that sponsors a professional golf event in Kenya and it would be good for others to come over where we shall ensure that they benefit in return,” said the chairman.

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