The third edition of the Karen Masters has received a major boost after Safaricom announced a Kshs 5 Million sponsorship for the tournament set to take place from 27th to 30th June 2019.
As the official digital communication infrastructure sponsor, the amount will cater for a fully kitted media Centre, internet connectivity to; the Players’ Cyber Café, Tournament Office, Score Recorders Office and Event Management Office for the duration of the 4 day golf tournament. The sponsorship will also be used to support the junior golfers’ shootout.
“We are happy to be part of the third edition of Karen Masters’ Tournament and have noted that this year’s event is fully sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour. I believe that our contribution to last year’s event made it a success and set the stage for the extended partnership,” said Jannet Atika, Director – Customer Operations, Safaricom.
Karen Country Club has partnered with the Sunshine Tour in South Africa to bring around 100 of their top-ranking players to Karen next month to compete against 32 of Kenya’s finest, as well as players from other African countries, to give a field of 152 professional players and 4 amateurs.
“We are excited to have Safaricom on board for the third year running, especially because they will focus on the junior shoot out competition on Saturday. This is an important avenue for our young golfers to mingle and mix with the pros and learn from them as they work on their journey to dominate the sport in future,” said Andy Watt, Tournament Director, Karen Masters.
Defending Champion Michael Palmer is expected to defend his title and will be joined by nine of the top ten Sunshine Tour players; Daniel Van Tonder (1st), JC Ritchie (2nd), Callum Mowat (3rd), Garrick Higgo (5th), Martin Rohwer (6th), Thriston Lawrence (7th), Neil Schietekat (8th), Jacques Blaauw (9th) and Steve Surry (10th). The Kenyan charge will be led by Dismas Indiza, Greg Snow, Simon Ngige, CJ Wangai, Riz Charania and Mohit Mediratta.
The 2019 Karen Masters will offer a prize kitty of KES 15 million, making it one of the most lucrative tournaments on the Sunshine Tour.