Kenyan professional golfers led by veteran golfer Dismas Indiza, Greg Snow and David Wakhu will be aiming to compete opening series of this year’s KCB Road To The Karen Masters on Par 72 Nyali Golf.
The trio will battle at the two day event set for March 29-30 alongside CJ Wangai, who is also the Professional Golfers of Kenya (PGK) Captain, Royal’s Eric Ooko and Justus Madoya of Great Rift Valley, Windsor Rizwan Charania and his Muthaiga counterpart Nelson Mudanyi.
The pros will play a 36-hole two-round strokeplay completion beginning Friday March 29 after which their second round will serve as a Pro-Am on Saturday March 30.
At stake for pros will be a prize fund of Ksh. 500,000 which is part of the Ksh. 2,000,000 which KCB Bank has committed for four events while amateurs will be battling to fill six slots for the Karen Masters Pro-Am available in every round of the Road to the Masters.
The Road To the Master series was introduced to help Kenyan professionals prepare for Karen Masters while also offering amateurs a chance to brush shoulders with local and foreign professionals in the Pro-Am. The KCB Karen Masters which is one of newest rounds of the prestigious Sunshine Tour will be held at the Par 71 Karen Country Club in June.
“It gives us an opportunity to sharpen our skills well in time for the Sunshine Tour Karen masters event. The good thing is that we will not rest after the Kenya Open as golfers will proceed to Nyali for play. We missed out in the first round of the KCB series in Sigona because it coincided with Safari Tour. We are overly excited to be back in the Road to the Masters,” said Wangai.
Handicap 20 Sabo Kalsi of Sigona Golf Club led the first batch of Pro-Am qualifiers on his home course with an impressive 41 points made up of 21 points in the first nine and 20 at the back nine, beating a huge field of 204 players. Other Masters Pro-Am qualifiers from Sigona were men winner Ishwar Aldasani (H24), guest winner Lee Mungai (H22), staff winner Ogola Azu (H26) who is also the KCB Bank Kenya HR Business partner and lady winner Milka Mburu playing off handicap 26. The sixth qualifier from the Club was Jolly Esmail who becames the first player in this year’s series to win a wildcard. The wildcard was decided from a lucky dip conducted on all the score cards returned by the playing field.
Among the amateurs expected at Nyali according to resident pro Njuguna Waweru, William Kaguta (h4), Ken Mwige (h13),
Taib Bajaber (h11) and Evans Manono (h9). Gurbux Singh playing off handicap 4 will be taking part.
Njuguna has singled out hole 4 as the toughest. It’s a dog leg left, wind off the left. The green is protected by 5 bunkers!”
KCB Group Director of Marketing and Communications Angela Mwirigi said:
“We are redefining golfing in Kenya by increasingly giving more opportunities to amateur and professional golfers across the country. We believe in growing sports talent for local and international competitions,” Mwirigi underscored.
KCB Road to The Masters 2019
Round 1- Sigona Golf Club ( February 25.)-Amateurs only
Round 2-Nyali Golf & Country Club (March 30)
Round 3 -Thika Sports Club (Apri13)
Round 4-Nakuru Golf Club (May 11)
Round 5- Royal Nairobi Golf Club (June 15 )
KCB Karen Masters -Karen Courtry Club (June 25-30)
Qualifiers from Sigona
Overall Winner -Sabo Kalsi (Handicap 20)
Men’s Winner -Ishwar Aldasani (Handicap 24)
Lady winner – Milka Mburu (Handicap 26)
Guest Winner -Lee Mungai (Handicap 22)
Staff Winner- Azu Ogolla (handicap 26)
Wildcard: Jolly Esmail -picked from a lucky dip of score card