Safaricom has invested KSh100 million for the inaugural edition of the 14-leg golf series dubbed ‘Safaricom Golf Tour’.
The Safaricom Golf Tour will be played at various clubs across the country aimed at tapping, nurturing and growing talent among young golfers across the country.
“Our objective for this golf tour is to make golf accessible to people. Our regional tours will help in transforming lives within the sport and breaking down the barriers that have been built around it, which have made it to be seen as a non–inclusive sport,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO Safaricom.
“The young golfers we nurture and develop have an opportunity to become the next generation of pros in future and earn from their passion.”
The 14-leg golf series will kick off in Nanyuki on 29th January after which will head to other golf courses in Limuru, Muthaiga, Nyanza, Nyali, Eldoret, Karen, Machakos, Kericho, Kitale, Royal Nairobi, Nakuru, Kenya Airforce and Vet Lab.
The grand finale will be held at the Vipingo Ridge Golf Resort in August 2022.
Safaricom has partnered with the Kenya Golf Union (KGU), Junior Golf Foundation (JGF) and the National Caddies Association (NCA).
The tour will also feature a caddies’ tournament in partnership with the Kenya National Caddies Association.
The Corporate Day tournament is open to all registered members of the participating clubs in the tour. Winners from each respective event will go on to compete in the grand finale in Vipingo for the grand prize.
The Junior Golf Day is open to all members of the Junior Golf Foundation. Winners (Top Boy and Top Girl) from each respective event will go on to compete in the grand finale in Vipingo for the grand prize.
The Caddies Golf Day is open to all members of the National Caddies Association. Winners (Overall Winner, Top Man and Top Lady) from each respective event will go on to compete in the grand finale in Vipingo for the grand prize.
The Safaricom Golf Tour Golf Clinics will conduct golf clinics targeting students between the ages of 6 to 18 years old, from schools around the golf clubs marked for the tour.
This is a fun golf day that will introduce juniors to golf and ultimately scout and identify an average of about 30 juniors who will train at the club for 8months.
To participate in the junior competition, participants must be aged 21 years and younger.
The tournaments shall be a series of 15 events held in clubs across the country as per the events calendar.
Three of the events shall be run as part of the US Kids Golf Local Tour with an upper limit of 18 Years Old.
Last year in October, Safaricom, along with other corporates, signed an agreement with the Junior Golf Foundation to support them with the training of coaches, local golf tours and nationwide golf development.
SAFARICOM GOLF TOUR CALENDAR
|REGION||CLUB||CORPORATE DAY SATURDAY||JUNIOR GOLF DAY SUNDAY|
|LAUNCH||Golf Park||22nd Jan|
|JANUARY||Nanyuki Sports Club||29th Jan||30th Jan|
|FEBRUARY||Limuru Golf Club||26th Feb||27th Feb|
|MARCH||Muthaiga Golf Club||12th Mar||13th Mar|
|Nyanza Golf Club||26th Mar||27th Mar|
|APRIL||Nyali||9th Apr||10th Apr|
|Eldoret Golf Club||23rd Apr||24th Apr|
|MAY||Karen Country Club||13th May||14th May|
|Machakos Sports Club||21st May||22nd May|
|JUNE||Kericho Club||4th Jun||5th Jun|
|Kitale Club||11th Jun||12th Jun|
|Royal Nairobi||25th Jun||26th Jun|
|JULY||Nakuru Golf Club||9th Jul||10th Jul|
|Kenya Airforce||15th Jul||16th Jul|
|Vet Labs||23rd July||24th July|
|AUGUST||Vipingo Ridge||6th Aug – Finale|