NAIROBI, Kenya- Four leading local amateur golfers will test their talent against visiting South African Sunshine Tour heavyweights at the 2018 Karen Masters that runs from July 19 to 22 in Nairobi.
They quartet who play in the Kenya Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC/formerly GOTY) were selected following the conclusion of the fifth leg of Road to Masters Series.
KAGC champion, Edwin Mudanyi, 2018 championship leader John Karichu, fast-rising junior Mutahi Kibungu and Daniel Nduva of Nyali got the nod to feature at the second edition of the Masters.
They will be joined by 30 amateurs picked from the Road to the Masters tournaments at Ruiru, Limuru, Eldoret, Nyali and Muthaiga golf clubs in playing at the Pro-Am showdown set for July 17.
The four top amateurs will join 32 local pros who make up the big entry list of 156 which comprises of the cream of the Sunshine Tour’s best before playing for Kenya at the forthcoming Victoria Cup against Uganda at Vet Lab later this month.
Seasoned Sunshine Tour aces such as Matias Calderon (Chile) who won the Eye of Africa PGA Championships, Ty Capps (USA), Frederik From (Sweden) and Antonio Rosado (Portugal) are among those entered for the Masters.
Zambia’s Madalitso Muthiya who has won on the Tour alongside Zimbabwean veterans Nick Price and Mark McNulty are other attractions for the Karen event.
For the first time, countries like Ethiopia, Tanzania, Senegal, Rwanda, Malawi, Ghana and the Seychelles have representation in a Sunshine Tour tournament.
The title sponsor of the USD150,000 tournament is Kenya Commercial Bank, and that partnership substantially expands the Sunshine Tour’s reach into sub-Saharan Africa.
“We are really pleased that a partnership with Kenya Commercial Bank has given us this opportunity to expand the Sunshine Tour into fresh territory,” said Sunshine Tour Executive Director Selwyn Nathan.
“Giving our members opportunities on an international stage is very exciting, and we believe the partnership will grow into the future.”
“The KCB Karen Masters remains our most visible vehicle to share the greatness of the sport. The tournament is on course to becoming the pre-eminent professional competition in East Africa.
“We expect a thrilling competition, and, hopefully, it will provide massive excitement for the fans,” the bank’s Marketing and Communication Director Angela Mwirigi noted.