The forthcoming Kenya Open golf tournament slated for March 14 to 17 has received a major boost from giant Bottling firm Coca Cola with a KSh5.6 million sponsorship.
Other sponsors apart from Coca Cola include Barclays Bank of Kenya, Sports Fund, Kenya Breweries and Hemingways.
Kenya Open golf tournament director Patrick Obath thanked the giant beverage company for their sponsorship, which he said will boost the tournament’s profile while building on years of successful partnership in developing golf and promoting Kenya as a reputable destination for sports tourism.
Speaking at the Karen Country Club on Tuesday morning, Coca Cola Francise Brand Manager, and Rodney Nzioka lauded Kenya Golf Union for their great progress in preparing for the glamour event that will bring both top International golfers and foreigners.
The giant beverage company through its flagship water brand of Keringet, will be the event’s official water hydration provider.
“As Coca Cola, we are keen to continue our support and partnership with the Kenya Open Golf Limited, as we also market the country’s ability to host bigger international sports event,” said Nzioka.
The sponsorship comes following the elevation of the Kenya Open to the elite European Tour from the Challenge tour. The event has evolved to international recognition.
He commended the Kenya Open Golf Limited for the exceptional work it has done to grow professional golf in the country by setting up the Safari Tour, saying the KOGL’s tireless effort over the years had resulted in the tournament leaving a mark in the global golfing calendar and positioning the country as a golfing destination.
The event according to Obath will bring together a field of 156 including six local amateurs and 12 local professionals.
He further noted that three more locals are expected to qualify from the on-going final leg of the tour at Karen Country Club. This will in addition to the nine pros who qualified from the six legs of the Safari Tour.
He said the four-day golf extravaganza will see elite golfers led by Ryder Cup winning skipper, Thomas Bjorn of Denmark on the par 71 Karen Country Club course.
Other top stars expected at Karen in March will be India’s Shubhankar Sharna, former Kenya Open champion Haydn Porteous of South Africa, Marcel Siem of Germany and South Korea’s HoSung Choi.
Obath said the local pros had shown amazing improvement thanks to the Safari Tour which started last August, saying if they continue playing the way they have played, then there is a great possibility of a Kenyan performing well than the past Open events.
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