By FEVERPITCH REPORTER
This was announced yesterday by Kenya Golf Union Vice-Chairman Alfred Kariuki who is expected to be elected as the new chairman today, during the Union’s Annual General Meeting.
Kariuki was speaking during the launch of the third edition of Dasani Golf Series at the Muthaiga Golf Club.
“We want to support the juniors because they are the future of golf; we have decided that this time, the juniors will be eligible to win prizes and even qualify for the grand finale if they play under the same conditions and not teeing off at the junior’s box,” said Kariuki.
The series will this year visit a total of 18 golf clubs around the country and is open to all amateur golfers with official handicaps.
It will feature players from 36 clubs across the country. The series will culminate in a grand finale at Nairobi’s Karen Country Club on September 29.
Speaking during the launch, Coca-Cola General Manager East Africa, Peter Njonjo said: “We began the Dasani Golf Gala in 2010 with the intention of taking the game to a wider playing base, fusing accomplished players with those wishing to pick up the game. This has played a major role in helping the aspirations of both sets of players, all driven by the strong desire to realise their potential.”
This year’s grand finale will see the winning team of four players travel to Dubai to attend the Grand Finale of the European Tour, the DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates.
While in Dubai, they will have the opportunity to see Europe’s top 60 money earners on the 2012 Order of Merit battle it out for a Sh109,200,000 (US dollars 1.3 million) winner’s cheque.
In addition, they will play to some of the best golf courses in the region, including the Dubai Creek Course and the challenging Faldo Course at the Emirates Golf Club, a course designed by former world number one and six-time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo.