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Safaricom Launches 14-leg Amateur Tour Series ‘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.

Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa swing off at the par 72 golf Park during the inaugural Safaricom golf series launch.

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 14-leg amateur series will culminate with the grand finale at Vipingo Ridge Golf Resort in August, where winners from each event will converge to determine the overall champions.
From far-left Kenyan Golf pro-David Wakhu, Junior Golfer Belinda Macharia, Eden Gashora, Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa and Mr. Joe R. Okudo, the Principal Secretary in charge of Sports at the Ministry of Sports and Heritage pose for a photo during the inaugural Safaricom golf series launch at Golf Park.

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

REGIONCLUBCORPORATE DAY                   SATURDAYJUNIOR GOLF DAY SUNDAY
LAUNCHGolf Park22nd Jan
JANUARYNanyuki Sports Club29th Jan30th Jan
FEBRUARYLimuru Golf Club26th Feb27th Feb
MARCHMuthaiga Golf Club12th Mar13th Mar
 Nyanza Golf Club26th Mar27th Mar
APRILNyali9th Apr10th Apr
 Eldoret Golf Club23rd Apr24th Apr
MAYKaren Country Club13th May14th May
Machakos Sports Club21st May22nd May
JUNEKericho Club4th Jun5th Jun
Kitale Club11th Jun12th Jun
Royal Nairobi25th Jun26th Jun
JULYNakuru Golf Club9th Jul10th Jul
Kenya Airforce15th Jul16th Jul
Vet Labs23rd July24th July
AUGUSTVipingo Ridge6th Aug – Finale

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