Kenya’s top six amateurs have been included in this year’s Jamii Masters to be held at Muthaiga Golf Club on Tuesday.
The six David Opati, Joseph Karanja (Golf Park), Mathew Omondi and Robinson Owiti (Vet Lab), Limuru’s James Karanja and Muthaiga’s Frank Matilo, who are currently preparing for this year’s Barclays Kenya Open, will be battling it out with the pros in the Masters.
The event is part of the Kenya Open build up for the pros.
The six failed to show up for a stint with the pros in the KCB East Africa Golf Tour also held at Muthaiga last week.
Elisha Kasuku, the coordinator of the Jamii Telecom PGK Masters said he had confirmed with the Golf Talent Foundation (GTF) chairman Edwin Kinyua that the six amateurs had now been official entered in the tournament.
“Playing with the pros and in particular at Muthaiga which is the venue of the Open will certainly do them good’’ said Kasuku.
Joseph Karanja is the 2011 Golfer of the Year champion while James Karanja and Opati qualified for the Open by virtue of being the 2011 Kenya Amateur Match Play and Kenya Stroke play champions. The other three Owiti, Omondi, and Matilo made it through the GOTY series.
Kasuku said preparation for the course at Muthaiga was in top gear in readiness for the Open which gets under way on March 29.
He said 34 pros including Ethiopia’s Haile Ghebreezgber had already entered the event. Jamii Telecommunications are sponsoring the event to the tune of Sh1 million.