NAIROBI, Kenya, March 23- The first leg of this year’s Air-tel Media Golf Challenge tees off at Nairobi’s Golf Park on Saturday.
The competition that pools journalists from several media houses will see a contest among reporters and their editors as well as integration of Airtel Kenya staff into the fray spice the 2011 edition where the winner will bag the Red Jacket.
Airtel’s Managing Director, Rene Meza said the tournament is meant to encourage journalists to bond and promises a more exciting all year event.
“I am really excited that Airtel has once again created an enabling environment for the journalists to interact freely and to pursue their passion in sport as they make lifelong connections with their peers,” the managing director expressed.
The finals of the competition that was launched two years ago will be staged at the same venue in December 2011.
Defending champion, Royal Media’s Tony Timase, who topped a field of over 30 entrants to clinch the Airtel Media Golfer of the Year 2010 award, will be the man to watch.
Timase scored a total of 77 points to claim the grand prize from Presidential Press Service’s Kipchillat Kimaru who came in second, narrowly beating Charles Kerich from the Star who came in third.
The ladies prize was won by Josphine Ngumba from the People Daily who beat six other ladies to the title. Robin Njogu of Capital FM, K24’s Tony Kwalanda, James Waindi from The Standard, KBC’s Milton Nyakundi and Idriss Situma from NTV are some of the top players who will be in action on Saturday.