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Barclays Open receives Sh4m Coca-Cola boost

Coca-Cola Kenya Marketing Manager Lucy Oduor (L) presents the 4 Million cheque to Richard Wanjala of KGU and Kathleen Kihanya PR & Sponsorship Director KOGL.

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 15 – The Coca Cola Company has announced a Sh4 million sponsorship towards this year’s edition of the Barclays Kenya Open to be held at the Muthaiga Golf Club from March 23 to 26.

The beverage company has been the official water sponsor for the tournament over the past seven years and come on board with Keringet Mineral water for this edition which is also a member of the Coca Cola family.

The 49th edition of the tournament will see participation of 156 golfers from across the world competing for the top price of Sh3.5mn (32,000 Euros).

This year’s field will consist of 22 local professionals and 6 amateurs that include Dismas Indiza, Greg Snow, Jacob Okello, Simon Ngige, Boniface Simwa, Rizwan Charania, Mathew Omondi, Bryan Njoroge and David Wakhu among others.

“The Kenya open championship is a tournament steeped in rich history that the company is very proud to be a part of,” Coca Cola Marketing Manager for Kenya Lucy Odour said

“This marks our seventh year as the official water sponsor of the tournament, however this year we will be coming on board through Keringet Mineral Water, the newest member of the Coke family.” She added.

“By retaining our presence and participation in a premier golfing occasion such as the open, we are able to combine the promise of refreshment for golf.”

Reigning champion Sebastian Soderberg will be looking to defend his 2016 title but might find it difficult as the tournament shifts to a different course as it moves from the Karen Country Club which has hosted the tournament for six consecutive years from 2011 to Muthaiga Golf Club.