KQ golf series ready for a comeback

KQ golf series ready for a comeback

KQ golf series ready for a comeback

Over 260 players have already registered to take part in the 2011/2012 series of the Kenya Airways golf safari tournament which will see 35 tournaments played across 17 countries in Africa. The tournament will tee off this weekend on 10th of September at the Limuru country club. This was unveiled on Thursday by the Kenya golf Union vice chairman Alfred Kariuki in partnership with Kenya Airways on Thursday morning during a press briefing in Nairobi.

The tournament will last 6 months and will conclude in February 2012. This year’s edition will also see the main sponsors Kenya Airways (KQ) host a total of 16 golf tournaments across the country before proceeding to the rest of Africa.

To cushion the tournament, Kenya Airways (KQ) will beef the series with KSH.15 million sponsorship. This is the 3rd season in a row that the Airline Company has partnered with Kenya Golf Union with an aim of popularizing the game in the country.

“We have registered a high level of success with the previous editions of the KQ golf safari series and we are now aiming at the growth of the event across the globe,” stated Nita Nagi the Kenya Airways Area Manager in Kenya.

The entire 2011/2012 series will see the 35 tournaments played in 17 countries including Egypt in North Africa, Cameroon in Central Africa and Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal in West Africa. In the southern Africa, the tournament will travel to Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa. The team will also penetrate to Island nation of Seychelles while East Africa will host the tournaments in Uganda, Tanzania,
Rwanda and Kenya.

In an aim to get the KQ golf series global recognition u, KQ will also sponsor an additional feature in the 2011/12 series as the event goes beyond African borders to Asia. Bangkok in Thailand and Guangzhou in China will host the first 2 tournaments outside the African soils.

Also in regard to the agreement reached by the two parties, KSH.500, 000 of the total 15 million shillings received by the golf union will go towards the Kenya golf foundation that will be used to support initiatives that will be implemented to promote golf among the underprivileged youth in the country.  

“We are aimed at demystifying the notion that this game is meant for the elite only. This is the reason we are introducing it to the youth in the ghettos as well,” clarified Kariuki.

Winners from all the destinations will converge in Nairobi for a grand finale in February as the best of the best from the different tournaments lock horns in Kenya, the origin of the KQ golf safari series.

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