NAIROBI, Kenya- Club Captain Jeff Macharia was in high spirits as the second leg of the KCB Road To The Masters gets underway at the Par 72 Limuru Country Club course on Saturday.
The next six Pro-am qualifiers of Karen Masters will be ascertained as the hotly contested Masters series graces the lush green in Limuru.
“We have already registered 220 players but this could actually change because more names are still trickling in given immense excitement and gusto the KCB Road To The Masters series has generated thus far,” a cheery Macharia said while savoring the large field lined up for the weekend.
Among club member golfers enlisted on the weekend draw are Musa Ibrahim (handicap 16) and multiple former Golfer of the Year (GOTY) champion John Karichu, currently playing off handicap 1.
The ladies category has attracted the likes of CN Wangare and Mwongeli Nzioka, both playing off handicap 9 at the present.
Among the staff golfers lined up for the weekend showdown are KCB Group Human Resource Director Paul Russo, the Group’s Chief Finance Officer Lawrence Kimathi, Finance Director Samuel Munyua and Corporate Communications Manager Peter Mwaura, who incidentally is the Golf captain at Ruiru Sports Club.
The first batch of the six qualifiers from the opening leg in Ruiru were Christopher Kiai (overall winner), Michael Chege (men winner), Veronica Mwaura (lady winner),George Felix (guest winner), Bernard Kotonya (sponsor winner) and nearest to the pin men winner, Ben Njuguna.
They will not have an easy running as they are set to face stiff opposition from at least 20 other golfers gunning for the staff prize.
“I’m glad that the current weather situation places the greens and fairways in splendid lush green state.
“The rains have since rendered the roughs quite thick, which should call for meticulous hitting on the course. The double dog-leg hole four should, without a doubt, provide a great golfing experience, so thrills and spills are guaranteed on the weekend,” Macharia told SportPesa News.
Six category winners from each of the five qualifying tournaments will secure automatic qualification to play at the KCB Karen Masters Pro-am tournament on July 17 with the main event scheduled to take place from July 19 to 22.
“It’s exciting to see the interest that the series is attracting among golfers countrywide.
“We are keen to ensure the series runs smoothly through July,” said Angela Mwirigi, KCB Marketing and Communications Director.
The wild card ticket will be given to any of the following categories; best first nine, best second nine, nearest to the pin men and lady, junior golfer, longest drive lady and men, at the discretion of clubs.