Four from this group, notably Ngige, David Wakhu, Mediratta and Nduva will receive a cash token of Ksh 200,000 each as part of a Ksh 3m sponsorship package from Absa Bank Kenya aimed at enabling them meet tournament costs
All eyes will be on the Kenyan contingent as the Magical Kenya Open tees off at Muthaiga on Thursday 3 March 2022. A total of nine professionals and six amateurs will be in action, seeking to better Jacob Okello’s performance from 1998 when he came agonizingly close to winning the title, falling Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez in the third hole of a sudden death playoff. Okello, a regular participant over the years, misses out on this year’s event.
Even in his absence, we do have the likes of long hitting Mumias Golf Club’s Dismas Indiza, winner of the 2021/22 Safari Tour, which served as the local qualifying process for the tournament.
The other Kenyan professionals who qualified via the Safari Tour include the Golf Park duo of David Wakhu and Eric Ooko, Jastas Madoya ( Great Rift), Simon Ngige ( Thika Sports Club), Samuel Njoroge ( Railway), Mohit Mediratta ( Sigona) and Greg Snow who will be playing at his home course. A ninth golfer, Daniel Nduva who is based in South Africa but is attached to the Nyali Golf Club secured a wild card to the event.
Four from this group, notably Ngige, David Wakhu, Mediratta and Nduva will receive a cash token of Ksh 200,000 each as part of a Ksh 3m sponsorship package from Absa Bank Kenya aimed at enabling them meet tournament costs relating from registration and caddie payments as well as costs related to playing gear and equipment.
In addition to the sponsorship, this quartet have the opportunity to earn an additional KES 1,000,000 in bonuses based on their performance. Absa will pay a player KES 200,000 if they make the cut, an additional KES 100,000 if they make the cut while in the top 20, and
a bonus of KES 700,000 if any player finishes in the top 10.
Commenting on the sponsorship package, Moses Muthui, the acting Marketing and Corporate Relations Director at Absa Bank said, “As a bank, whose purpose is bringing possibilities to life, we stand behind our local Pros who have done extremely well to make it to the final entry list. We fully understand what these players need to achieve their ambitions in the right way, which is why we want to take it a step further by motivating them to give their best performance yet and fly the Kenyan flag even higher.”
Speaking on behalf of the sponsored players, Medirrata said, “We are grateful to Absa Bank for this invaluable support and promise to make the country proud in this tournament.”
Nduva, making his first appearance at MKO as a pro said, “We are excited about the opportunities that this sponsorship opens for us, and we are ready to post the best results ever as Team Kenya.”
Adel Taufiq Balala (Nyali), Taimur Malik (Muthaiga), Michael Karanga (Kiambu), Njoroge Kibugu (Muthaiga), Dennis Maara (Limuru ), and John Lejirma (Railway) are the six Kenyan amateurs at the event.
They will be seeking to survive the cut after the opening two rounds on Thursday and Friday, seeking to stay in contention during the business end of the tournament on Saturday and Sunday, in the process flying the country’s flag high with memorable performances.
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