The Professional Golfers of Kenya (PGK) on Thursday received a Sh1 million cheque from Prime Bank towards the prize money basket for the 2017 Diani Beach Masters golf championship set for next week at the par 72 Leisure Lodge Golf and Beach Resort in Kwale County.
Receiving the cheque from Prime Bank business development director Vijay Kantaria, PGK chairman Charan Thethy said besides the local professionals, the tournament had attracted players from as far away as Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.
He said the first round of the 72-hole event will take place on Wednesday, October 18, with the final round being played on October 21 where the pros will be joined by a number of amateurs including Prime Bank guests.
“We are most grateful to Prime Bank for inviting the pros once again to play in the Diani Beach Masters,” said Thethy.
He said so far 30 locals had already listed their names to play in the tournament, although more are expected to confirm by early next week.
Among those who have confirmed are Dismas Indiza, Greg Snow, Simon Ngige, David Opati, Brian Njoroge and Mathew Omondi.
Meanwhile, as the elite amateur golfers in the country prepare for next week’s Kenya Open Amateur Championship at Nyali Golf and Country Club, action continues at the club level with a number of events taking place in various parts of the country.
They include the Lady Captain’s Prize at the nine-hole Kiambu Golf Club which has been attracting big fields lately, including this Saturday’s contest where a field of 150 players are expected to battle it out for a number of prizes being offered courtesy of the sponsors Quatrix and Alpha Automobile.
Limuru Country Club will be the venue for the Detour Championship where over 200 will line-up for the prizes.
The par 72 Thika Sports Club will also be a busy venue as over 200 players will be battling it out in the Tatu City while at Karen members will be playing for the Chairman’s Prize.