Safaricom has sponsored the 2020 Kenya Open, scheduled to take place at the Karen Country Club from 12 -15 March to a tune of Kshs. 5 million. As the official connectivity partner, Safaricom will set up a fully operational media centre with high speed internet, laptops and a printer. They will also set up connectivity for key areas such as the European tour offices and Kenya Open Golf Limited offices, besides providing fibre for the television compound broadcast so that it is streamed to local and global media partners.
“Over the last six years with the exception of 2019, we have delivered first class internet and data solutions to support the media and live stream requirements for the event’s local and global broadcasts. This has allowed us to reinforce the strength, reliability and speed of our data solutions. We remain committed to playing our role in transforming lives through sports and Kenya Open is an important platform for us to do this,” said Rita Okuthe, chief enterprise business officer, Safaricom.
This year’s Kenya Open will feature a strong field of talent comprising a total of one hundred and thirty eight professionals and six amateur players (five Kenyan and one Tanzanian) competing for a prize kitty of €1.1M ( Kshs. 122.94 million).
“We thank Safaricom for their support of the 2020 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship. Through this sponsorship, Safaricom will, once again, provide the tournament with cutting edge connectivity and communication solutions that will meet its demands ,” said Peter Kanyago, Kenya Open Golf Limited Chairman.
During the event, which is taking place for a second time as part of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, the scoring teams will be able to capture scores and data through the provision of 20 4G enabled tablets and phones. Prior to the main tournament, the venue will host a Pro-Am tournament where visiting players will join club members and sponsors guests for a round of golf.