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Kenya Open Kenyan government donates USD500,000 towards the most lucrative tournament on the European Challenge tour

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The 50th Edition of the Kenya Open Tournament will take place on 22nd-25th March at the Muthaiga Golf Club.

play From Left to right- National Sports Fund Chairman, Luke Luseno, Acting CEO Mark Wambugu, Kenya Golf Union Chairman. Richard Wanjalla, Kenya Open Golf LTD Chairman, Peter Kanyago, Kenya Open Golf Limited PR and Sponsorship Director, Kathleen Kihanya. (courtesy)

The Government, through National Sports Fund has today announced a Kenya Shillings 50 Million partnership towards the 50th edition of the Kenya Open Tournament.

This is in line with a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the conclusion of the 2017 Barclays Kenya Open, to raise the standard of the Championship.

Speaking during the cheque handover ceremony, National Sports Fund’s Chairman Luke Luseno said that the government is committed to supporting the growth of sports- in this case, golf in the country.

“The government, through the National Sports Fund, has undertaken to sponsor and fund sports across the board. Sponsoring the Kenya Open tournament is in line with the president’s directive to develop golf, especially for junior players, and position the country as a golfing destination,” he said.

play The 2018 Kenya Open Golf Championship. (True Golfer Post)

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Speaking at the same event, Kenya Open Golf Limited (KOGL) PR and sponsorship Director, Kathleen Kihanya noted that the government’s support will go a long way in raising the standards of the Kenya Open Championships.

“We welcome this significant sponsorship from the government, which has placed the Kenya Open at the top of the European Challenge Tour events. With continued support from the government, we are confident that the Kenya Open is going to move on to the main European tour.”

This year’s championship will be the most lucrative tournament on the European Challenge tour boasting of a total prize kitty of 500,000 Euros (KES. 62.5 Million).

The 50th Edition of the Kenya Open Tournament will take place on 22nd-25th March at the Muthaiga Golf Club.

The tournament is set to attract a total of 156 participants, of these 22 will local professional golfers and 4 amateurs.

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