The Karen Master sponsors KCB have pumped KSh70 million into this year’s tournament, the event organisers announced on Thursday during its launch.
A total of KSh15 million has been allocated for prize moneys which will be contested by the 152 pros and 4 amateurs who are set to participate at the four-days golf action.
A cut will be done on June 28 that will see 152 pros abridged to 60 and ties will later contest for top honours on Friday and Saturday.
“The pros will have to battle it out for the total prize kitty of a whopping 15 million Kenyan shillings and the Karen Masters blue jacket,” KCB Chief Operating Officer Sam Makome said.
The sponsors said that the continued backing by the sunshine tour as one of the major golf tours, has raised the profile of the tournament exposing professional golfers and armatures to the allure of playing at such a world class event, growing in the African continent.
“The tournament has grown to its stature and we are delighted to welcome top class golfers to Our country, we are refining the golf experience in our region” Added Mr Makome.
This year’s tournament faceoff presents 4 days of competition and a pro-Am tournament, KCB Karen masters tournament director Mr Andy Watt said that all systems are now ready for the event.
“We have been working round the clock to meet the deadlines and I am happy to present a great course and facilities for the 2019 Karen Masters series, we also made changes to the way golf holes will be played. The first nine holes will be played as normal, However the current 13th to 18th holes will play as the 10th to 15th holes and the current 10th to 12th holes will play at 16th to 18th holes,” Said Andy Watt
South African Michael Palmer who won the last Karen Master series urged more professional golfers from Kenya to join the Karen master series, this year’s event will see Kenyan 27 pros play.
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