A record 33 prizes will be at stake during the fourth edition of the Kenya Golf Trophy set for November 13 at the par-71 Muthaiga Golf Club course.
This is in addition to the four return air tickets Etihad Airways has offered as the main prizes in Kenya’s biggest corporate golf tournament whose title sponsor this year will be JW Seagon Bupa.
This year’s event will thus be known as JW Seagon Bupa.
The tournament’s organiser Tob Cohen said the number of prizes for this year’s event is the highest ever since its inception four years ago.
“We are grateful to all corporate organisations which have made it possible for us to have the event retain its status,’’ said Cohen.
Some of the corporate organisations which have donated prizes include Heritage Hotels, Fairmont Hotels, Sarova Hotels, Serena Hotels, Sankara, Tribe, Kempinski, Fairview Hotels and Tamarind Group.
Meanwhile, partnering Muthaiga for the first time will be Zanzibar’s Sea Cliff Golf Resort which has offered two nights’ accommodation and golf in their newly-opened Sea Cliff.
“The support we are getting from the hotels and airlines is overwhelming this year, especially realising that it has been a very hard time for the tourism industry,” said Cohen.
He however said some of the prizes will be sold through an auction and for the hole-in-one shoot out over the lake on hole 13. All the proceeds from the sale will go to the Junior Golf Foundation. NAS Cuisine will for the third year running provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for competitors.
Other sponsors are Mercedes Benz, Crown Paints, Nation Media Group, KTB, Nescafe and JCB. New sponsors this year are Chase Bank and Nairobi City County. Cohen said individual entries are still available at Sh10,000 open to 80 individual players. Last year, the trophy was won by Nyanza Golf Club’s Noah Winja who is expected back to try and defend his title.