A field of 156 professional and Amateur golfers will be gearing for this year’s Kenya Open Golf tournament now named Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship set for next month at Karen Golf Club.
With the tournament attracting top golfers from across the world, Kenya will be represented by 18 golf players at this year’s tournament; 12 professional golfers and 6 elite amateur golfers.
Today, Kenyan pros were unveiled at a colourful ceremony at the Nairobi National Park led by Greg Snow (Muthaiga), Dismas Indiza (Mumias), David Opati (Windsor), Rizwan Charania (Windsor), David Wakhu (Golf Park), Tony Omuli (Golf Park), C.J. Wangai (Sigona), Nelson Simwa (Vet Lab), Simon Ngige (Thika), Erick Ooko (Royal), Justus Madoya (Great Rift Valley), and Philip Kasozi (Uganda).
The elite amateur golfers who were unveiled were Daniel Nduva (Nyali), Samuel Njoroge (Railway), Mutahi Kibugu (Muthaiga), Edwin Mudanyi (Vet Lab), Mike Kisia (Vet Lab), and Bradley Mogire (Emirates).
While unveiling the team, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Najib Balala said:
“As a Ministry, we are proud to unveil the Kenyan Pros and elite amateurs that will represent Kenya at the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship which is set to provide exposure to Kenya as a preferred golf tourism destination both on the local and international scene.”
Also speaking at the event, Kenya Open Golf Limited Chairman, Mr. Peter Kanyago said:
“We are grateful to the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, and by extension the Kenya Tourism Board, for this support. It is our conviction that through this year’s tournament’s outreach through the vast live television broadcast, Magical Kenya will be positively profiled across the world. By extension, Kenya’s tourism offering will be amplified through the engagement,” he said.
Besides Kenya, there will be close to 30 other countries that will be represented at the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship scheduled to take place at Karen Country Club from 13th to 17th March, 2019. The countries to be represented range from Australia to the United Kingdom.
Among the international star golf players expected to participate in the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship include Haydn Porteous, immediate former Ryder Cup captain and 15-time European Tour Champion Thomas Bjorn, Ho-sung Choi and Shubhankar Sharma.
Since it begun in 1967, the Kenya Open Golf Championship has transformed into an international sporting event of note that has attracted hundreds of international golf players over the years – most of whom are from Kenya’s top tourism source markets in Europe such as the United Kingdom.