This year’s Barclays Kenya Open Golf Championship, a European Challenge Tour event, on Friday received a major boost of Sh5 million from Kenya Breweries.
The leading alcoholic beverage company, which was at one time a title sponsor of the popular event, is supporting the event through its popular whisky Johnnie Walker.
This is the fifth year running that KBL through Johnnie Walker is sponsoring the tournament, which will take place on March 23 to 26.
During Friday’s cheque presentation ceremony, KBL marketing director, Stephen O’Kelly lauded the tournament organizers for co-ordinating what is arguably Kenya’s most prestigious golf tournament.
“To consistently attract and maintain first class standards that has made the Kenya Open Golf what it is for more than 50 years is not an easy task,” O’Kelly said in a speech read on his behalf by Andrew Kilonzo.
He added that the legacy of longevity blends well with the Johnnie Walker brand that has been serving refreshing beverages for over 150 years.
Receiving the cheque, Kenya Open Golf director Samson Ndegwa, thanked KBL for its continued support. “For the last five years the Open has been taking place at Karen. The idea however is to rotate the event within the 18-hole golf courses, this is why it has come to Muthaiga where it started 50 years ago.’
He said entries were due to close where at least 100 players are expected from the Challenge Tour and the rest will come from Africa including 22 pros and six amateurs from Kenya.
Entry during the event will be Sh500 per day and a seasonal ticket of Sh1,000 for the four days.