Toyota boosts Kenya open

Toyota boosts Kenya open

Toyota boosts Kenya open

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The 45th edition of Barclays Kenya Open which is set for February 14th to the 17th at the Karen Country Club has so far attracted a total of 156 entries. The oldest event in the European Challenge Tour returns to Karen after four years at Muthaiga Golf Club.

 On Monday, Toyota Kenya boosted the event with KSh11.2 million in sponsorship where 2.5m will go to the organizers and a Toyota Prado worth 8.7m to be offered as a special prize for a hole-in-one during the tournament.

 Speaking after receiving the sponsorship yesterday, former Kenya Golf Union chairman Samson Reuben Ndegwa urged local organizations to invest in local professional golfers for them to perform well in international events.

 Ndegwa, who is the current Sponsorship Director of the Barclays Kenya Open, said local pros were struggling to compete with the rest of the world due to adequate preparation and support.

 “We would like to see one of our local pros win the Kenya Open but it will not be an easy task without adequate support. Local companies should invest in local pros to enable them compete effectively,’’ Ndegwa said.

 Toyota Kenya Chairman Dennis Awori said golf was a special game because it provides a good opportunity for businessmen to exchange business ideas while providing employment for many Kenyans.

 “Toyota Kenya is pleased to have been associated with the Kenya Open tournament for the last four years. Through our contribution, we hope to raise the profile of golf in Kenya, a task that can only be achieved through continued support of the efforts by KOGL to deliver a world-class championship,’’

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