NAIROBI, Kenya, January 23- The 2013 Barclays Kenya Open received its first platinum sponsor on Wednesday when Coca-Cola through its bottled water brand Dasani, injected Sh8.4m in the European Challenge Tour showpiece.
The February 14 to 17, 45th edition of the annual jamboree will feature 130 golfers from 26 countries where the host nation will be represented by at least 22 professionals who are members of the Professional Golfers of Kenya (PGK).
Coca-Cola’s General Manager for East Africa, Peter Njonjo presented the sponsorship cheque to the Kenya Open Golf Limited chairman Peter Kanyago at Karen Club where the revamped tournament will be staged.
“We are ecstatic to come on board as the Platinum Sponsor with the hope of not only refreshing the players and spectators during the Pro-Am and main event but also delivering this growing sport to the many lovers of Golf,” Njonjo underscored.
The manager informed they had increased their package for the event from Sh3m last year due to the growing stature of the tournament.
“We are delighted with their continued support of the Kenya Open as the official water partner, a partnership that has seen the profile of the tournament grow due in large to recognition of our commitment to the event as can be seen by your increased sponsorship,” Kanyago said whilst receiving the cheque.
“We are equally pleased that your sponsorship has extended to the Pro-am scheduled for the Muthaiga Golf Club on February 13,” the chairman added.
Local players who will not form the part of the Open will get an opportunity to play with seasoned professionals from the Challenge Tour during the event.
The compliment of Kenyans is completed by four amateurs with South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda being the other African countries whose players will be involved.