Safaricom and Multichoice have contributed to this year’s Barclays Kenya Open golf tournament. On its part, Safaricom has made a Kshs 10.5 million sponsorship towards the 50th edition of the tournament, scheduled to take place at the Muthaiga Golf Club from Thursday, 22 to Sunday 25 March 2018.
As the official telecommunications sponsor, Safaricom will provide a fully kitted media center and wireless connectivity for the tournament organizers.
(TOP: Kenya Open Golf directors Samson Ndegwa and Kathleen Kihanya receive Kshs 500,000 sponsorship from MultiChoice Kenya Corporate Affairs Manager Philip Wahome in support of the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open due to start next week).
“We have been proud supporters of the Kenya Open for the last four years which is in line with our desire to support events that raise Kenya’s profile as a choice destination for golf professionals and enthusiasts, as well as create broader appeal for the sport locally”, said Steve Okeyo, Safaricom’s Director of Regional Sales and Operations.
“We are glad that Safaricom has once again renewed its commitment to support the Kenya Open by offering data support in a bid to enhance coverage of the tournament. This goes to reaffirm the company’s commitment to the Kenya Open Golf Championship, and, by extension, the general growth and development of golf in Kenya,” said Kathleen Kihanya, Kenya Open Golf Tournament’s Publicity and Marketing Director.
MultiChoice Kenya, on the other hand, has given out Kshs 500,000 as sponsorship towards the event.
Speaking during the cheque handover ceremony at Muthaiga Golf Club Nairobi, MultiChoice Kenya Corporate Affairs Manager, Philip Wahome said: “Supporting sports in Kenya is just one way in which MultiChoice strives to use its influence and resources to play a positive role in the country and help to grow our local talent and sports. MultiChoice is rooting for the first local golf professional to win the prestigious tourney.”
Ms Kihanya, in appreciation of the support by MultiChoice, commended the company for their eight year commitment towards the tournament.
She said: “We are glad that MultiChoice has once again renewed its commitment to support the Kenya Open Golf Championship. This goes to reaffirm the company’s commitment to the Kenya Open Golf Championship, and, by extension, the general growth and development of golf in Kenya.”
MultiChoice Kenya supports various local sports in the country through sponsorships and has grown hand-in-hand with various sporting fraternities by forging long-term partnerships to develop sports and local talent in the country.
The 2018 edition of the Barclays Kenya Open will see 156 players take part including 106 selected on merit through the European Challenge Tour and another 50 chosen by the Kenya Golf Open Golf Limited featuring Kenyan and regional professionals as well as amateurs.
Previous Kenya Open winners – Gary Boyd, Robert Dinwiddle and Sebastian Soderberg – are among the high profile golfers expected to take part.
The tournament, which is now part of the European Challenge Tour, has seen its prize kitty increase to Kshs 62.5 million making it the richest tournament on the tour.