Karen Country Club has one of the finest golf courses in sub-Saharan Africa and in 2017 it celebrates 80 years of existence. Karen Country Club has also just invested 25 million shillings in redesigning and remodeling all 18 greens, what better way to celebrate this significant anniversary and showcase the course than to hold a top notch golf competition.
Bringing together over 40 International PGA professionals, 23 Kenyan PGK professionals and an equal number of amateurs, the KCB Karen Masters should prove to be not only a great test of golfing ability but also a fantastic opportunity for local professional and amateur golfers to pit their skills against some of the best emerging talent on the European Challenge tour.
The International players will be coming from the UK, France, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Austria and possibly as far away as Australia. Robert Dinwiddie from England and Jens Dantorp are currently in the top ten Challenge Tour rankings and will be looking to perform well at the Karen Masters. The PGK has a very strong field including the PGK Chairman Jacob Okello, the Captain CJ Wangai and the very much on form Dismas Indiza and Stephan Engel-Anderson who is have a very exciting season on the Sunshine tour. PGA Pro, Karsten Maas will also join the field, Karsten has won on both the European and Senior tour in the past and as well as playing in the KCB Karen Masters he will be entertaining spectators with his internationally famous trick golf show on Saturday evening. Last and by no means least the two key players in Professional golf at Karen Country Club; John Njunge and Stuart Cohen will join the field to add local knowledge and flair to the occasion.
The KCB Karen Masters will be run over three days from the 17th to 19th March. On Friday 46 Pros will be paired up with amateurs in fourballs, where a Pro and an Amateur form a team, with the best stableford score from either player to count as the team score, this is known in the golfing world as betterball. Prizes will be awarded to the three best teams – cash for the Pros and trophies for the amateurs. In addition, the Pros individual scores will be recorded and the top three pros will also win cash prizes.
Saturday sees the 46 Pros from Friday being joined by the 23 Kenya Pros in the final running for the Kenya Open, as well as amateurs for the second Pro-Am event, the format is the same as Friday, a fourball consisting of two Pros and two amateurs, each team will consist of a Pro and an amateur, again the best score of the pair will be used to calculate the winning team. As with the Friday competition there will be team prizes, cash prizes for the individual pros and the Kenyan Pro with the lowest score will also win a cash prize. The Pros individual scores from Saturday will be carried forward to Sunday, where they will be added to the Sunday scores to calculate The KCB Karen Masters total and will also be used to define the order of play for Sunday.
Sunday sees a Pros only competition, where the pros will play in threes but are infact fighting it out individually for the ultimate prizemoney of $4000 as well as the magnificent Karen Masters trophy and the right to wear the Karen Masters blue jacket.
For Golfers and the uninitiated alike The KCB Karen Masters, promises to be a great spectacle of Golf and a great celebration of Karen Country Club’s 80th Birthday – May the best man win!