Absa Bank Kenya today announced sponsorship for four local pros who qualified for the upcoming Magical Kenya Open. The four- Simon Ngige, David Wakhu, Mohit Mediratta and Daniel Nduva- will get an initial Kshs 200,000 for tournament logistics which will be enhanced through a performance-based bonus scheme during the event.
Under the sponsorship, the four players have an opportunity to earn an additional Kshs 1 million each in bonuses if they make the cut. Each player will receive Kshs 200,000 if they make the cut, an additional Kshs 100,000 if they make the cut while in the top 20 and a bonus of Kshs 700,000 if any player finishes in the top 10.
“We stand behind our local pros who have done extremely well to make to this level. We fully understand what these players need to achieve their ambitions, which is why we want to take it a step further by motivating them to give their best performance and fly the Kenyan flag even higher,” said Moses Muthui Absa Bank Kenya Ag. Marketing and Corporate Relations Director
With a prize purse of $2 million, the 2022 Magical Kenya Open brings together over 150 golfers from Kenya and around the world, including nine local professionals and six amateurs. The event will be held at Muthaiga from 03 March to 06 March 2022. Last week Absa Bank Kenya committed Kshs 56 million as the Official Presenting Partner of the event.
Elsewhere NCBA Group today unveiled its second season corporate golf series that will see the bank host 18 events across East Africa with the winners travelling to South Africa at the end of the season.
The 18-leg series which will have an expanded schedule covering Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania involving junior and adult golfers will run for 11 months. The first leg tees off tomorrow at the Kenya Railway Golf Club.
“Following the success of last year’s tournament, we are proud to launch a bigger and better 2022 edition of the NCBA Golf Series! Last year, the tournament attracted over 3000 golfers across 16 golf clubs in Kenya. This year, with the inclusion of tournaments in Uganda and Tanzania, we envision to engage over 5000 golfers through the NCBA Golf Series,” said John Gachora, Group Managing Director, NCBA Group.
The packed calendar will include three junior golf tournaments in partnership with the U.S. Kids Golf. Gachora said that through the series, NCBA will continue to provide a platform for junior golfers to develop their skills and qualify to compete at international events.
He said: “Last year we were very proud that more than 40 of our junior golfers qualified to play at the Rome Classic and the Big 5 tournament in South Africa. Their strong show in these world-class events affirmed that we are well on our way to developing the future stars of the sport, not just locally but globally.”
NCBA has committed Kshs 30million towards this year’s series which will culminate in a grand finale where the top four winners will enjoy a fully sponsored golf tour at The Fan Court Golf Estate in South Africa.