NAIROBI, KENYA August 24 – Dasani Golf Gala 2011 edition comes to a close this weekend following 17 different qualification events around that country.
At stake during the finale at the 18-hole par-72 Karen Country Club, will be a fully paid VIP trip for the winning team to the TOUR Championship, presented by Coca-Cola, at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, the home of Coca-Cola.
According to the Coca-Cola Country Manager Kenya, Jorsen Patten, the 2011 championship was hugely successful.
“This was the second season of the Dasani Golf Gala and it has grown in stature. In 2010, our Dasani winners went to South Africa for the Gary Player Invitational, hosted by Coca-Cola at the Fancourt Golf Resort,” Patten said.
“This year, we have upped the bar, and for the first time in golf in this region, the winners will be going to the home of Coca-Cola in Atlanta to participate in the last event of the PGA Tour of America and one of the most prestigious events on the golf calendar in the USA, the TOUR Championship, presented by Coca-Cola.”
A total of 34 golf teams, made up of four golfers each, and representing the six Coca-Cola Bottling partners, will meet at Karen to compete for the top prize.
“Nairobi Bottlers will be represented by teams from Nairobi, Kiambu, Thika, Machakos and Nakuru, Mt. Kenya Bottlers will be represented by the team from Nyeri, Nanyuki and Nyahururu; Coastal Bottlers will be represented by three teams from Nyali, Mombasa, Vipingo, Malindi and Leisure Lodge,” Patten added.
“Kisii, Rift Valley and Equator Bottlers will be represented by one team each to make up the more than 30 teams that will be at Karen this weekend.”
The defending champions from the 2010 Dasani Golf Gala, the Rift Valley Bottlers team of Willie Samoei, Tim Alala, Ferej Ahmed and Michael Rotich did not make it to the 2012 Grand Finale, running out of hydration at the Eldoret Club.
Speaking from Eldoret Samoei lamented the rainy weather that characterised the qualification round at Eldoret. “Our team, the dream team, was prepared to qualify for the Finals, unfortunately we got the worst of the rainy weather at Eldoret and failed to play well,” Samoei said.
“We trust the teams that will now represent the Rift Valley Bottlers, the team from Nandi Bears and the team from Eldoret, will do well at Karen and win the trip to Atlanta.”
The winning team at the Dasani Golf Gala Grand Finale, will leave the country on the 21st of September 2011 and enjoy the TOUR Championship week in Atlanta, the home of Coca-Cola.
By Correspondent and Eddy Kimani.