Ugandan professional golfer, Deo Akope, at the green during the KCB Karen Masters practice. PHOTO | COURTESYUgandan professional golfer, Deo Akope, at the green during the KCB Karen Masters practice. PHOTO | COURTESY
By NAIROBI NEWS REPORTER

The KCB Karen Masters Pro Am tournament is on at the par 71 Karen Country Club in Nairobi with 46 pros paired with 46 amateurs.

Friday’s showdown will see ladies amateur field led by former lady captain of Karen Rose Musau playing of handicap 20. Ms Musau has expressed optimism of playing well at the pro-am tournament.

“We are excited that KCB bank is sponsoring the masters and with the course looking superb then hopefully my scores will be just as a good today,” she said.

The PGA Pros include Ireland’s Gary Hurley, Edouard Espana of Spain, Matt Ford, Zarko Petrovic, Ross Kellet, and Denmark’s Karsten Maas among other players.

INAUGURAL TOURNAMENT

The event has attracted golfers from a number of African countries. Ugandan Deo Akope will be envisaging to grab an early lead on day one and build on the wave heading into the Sunday’s showdown.

Speaking earlier on Friday during the final practice round, Akope said that the local regional golfers stand a chance of performing well at the tournament.

“It’s exciting to be in Kenya for the KCB Karen Masters, I look forward to finishing well at the event,” Akope said.

KCB Bank has injected Sh 30 million in the hosting of the inaugural KCB Karen Masters that runs from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 March 2017. The event has attracted 68 pros.