The Kenya Golf Trophy, now in its third year, is fully booked.
One week before the Orange Kenya Golf Trophy takes off at 7.30 this Friday morning, all 200 available slots have been taken. While many golfers made frantic efforts to secure a slot with the tournament organizers Tobs Kenya Golf Safaris, Travel & Events, only to find out the draw was already full.
Food and Drinks
As this fun golf event has sponsored food and drink sampling on 8 of the 18 holes, it is expected that each game will take an average of 5 hours. The latest tee time is 1.30 pm, while a JCB light Tower will be placed strategically on hole 18, ensuring that all players will finish when playing the last hole, even if dawn has already set in. Delicious Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for all golfers and their guests will be prepared by NAS Cuisine, which is one of the major sponsors of this event.
Hole-in-one Shoot-Out Proceeds go to JGF
A hole-in-one shoot-out over the lake on hole 13 will start at 17.00 hrs and continue in the evening until 8.00 pm, thanks to the JCB Light Towers, which will light this most scenic and challenging par 3 hole, as it were day time. William Lawson Scotch Whisky will be served on the tee off hole 13 to calm the player’s nerves! For Ksh 500 per ball each golfer has as many chances as he wants, to get a hole-in-one and win 2 Air Kenya Flights to the Masai Mara, 2 nights Full Board accommodation for 2 at Fig Tree Lodge and 2 Hot Air Balloon Safaris and game drives– worth US $ 2100! All proceeds of this hole-in-one shoot out will go to the Junior Golf Foundation. In case there is no hole-in-one this package will be the third prize for the main stableford competition. A nearest to the pin prize on the same hole will be contested during the tournament and the shoot-out and will consist of 2 nights for 2 at Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort.
Junior Golf Foundation
The Orange Kenya Golf Trophy supports the Junior Golf Foundation and this year the 4 invited junior players are Mathew Wahome from Nyali Golf & Country Club, playing off handicap 2, Tahir Mohamed and Agil-is-Hag also from Nyali and both playing off hcp 4, the same as Kush Mediratta from Sigona Golf Club. An auction of 4 different 2 night stays for 2 people in safari lodges will be auctioned after the official prize giving, of which all proceeds will also go to the Junior Golf Foundation.
30 Sponsors and 30 Prizes worth Ksh 3 million
The 3rd year of the Kenya Golf Trophy attracts a total of 30 sponsors. The main sponsors being Orange, Etihad Airways, NAS Cuisine, Heineken, Mercedes Benz, Crown Paints, Nation Media, KTB, ICDC, AIG, Philips, Coca Cola, William Lawson Whisky, JCB, Uchumi, Mugie, Nestle, ERG, Tribe Hotel, and VegPro.
This year 13 sponsors are generously giving 30 prizes. Together they donated 10 airline tickets, 17 hotels stays for 2 nights for 2 people, lunches, brunches and dinners for 18 people, a bottle of Champagne and a 60 minute Spa Experience worth a total of more than Ksh 3 million! The winner will get his name engraved on the large Crystal Kenya Golf Trophy and 2 tickets to any Etihad Airways Destination in the world, just like the runner-up, who will also get 2 Etihad tickets. Other airlines sponsoring are Safarilink and Air Kenya, while Tamarina Hotel in Mauritius, Mission Hills in China, Heritage Hotels, Sarova Hotels, Mada Hotels, Atua Enkop, Tribe Hotel, Sankara Hotel, Tamarind Group, Jacaranda Hotels sponsor all the other prizes.
The Tournament Director Tobs Cohen of Tobs Kenya Golf Safaris, Travel and Events said he was excited by the interest from the sponsors, the players and the media. “This year, thanks to new and exciting activities on and off the course, we want to ensure that all sponsors and players will look forward to the 4th Kenya Golf Trophy. As the interest by sponsors and players is growing very fast, we might make the Kenya Golf Trophy a 2 day event in 2015.”