The Vet Lab Sports Club course in Kabete will host the Prime Bank Visa Golf Card holders tournament this weekend. This is the first event Prime Bank is sponsoring this year and a big field of 260 golfers were drawn to tackle the 6,848 yards long course.
Vet Lab is the home of the Kabete Open, a Kenya Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC) series event.
A couple of years ago, Prime Bank in conjunction with the Kenya Golf Union (KGU) and its subsidiary, the Junior Golf Foundation (JGF), introduced a special Visa card tailored for golfers. The card is meant to raise funds to support junior golf development in the country.
Golfers get the card for free and there is no renewal fee. The joining and renewal fees are paid for by Prime Bank and donated to JGF. So far, the bank has donated about Sh1.5 million to JGF for the last two years through this initiative.
A golfer can use the special Visa card to pay entry the fee to the tournament in addition to buying drinks at the club. This weekend’s tournament thus brings together most card holders from across the country to join Vet Lab members. “This is our first event this year and we are looking forward to engage more golfers through Prime Bank sponsored events as we endeavour to promote the game in the country,” Prime Bank’s Jesse Mungai said. Among the big field drawn include Vet Lab’s leading amateurs such as Mike Kisia, currently the top ranked amateur in the country at plus three handicap, Edwin Mudanyi (+1), Mike Njogu, Isaiah Otuke, David Kimani, Paul Muhia and George Karuga.
Those drawn from elsewhere include Muthaiga’s Wachira Mahihu, a former Kenya number one amateur and past national team player captain. Because of the huge field, teeing off is set for 6.30am.
Meanwhile, action in the ladies national calendar switches to Muthaiga Golf Club where the Stanbic Bank-sponsored Ladies Open will take place this weekend. The two-day event will start with ladies foursomes on Saturday morning followed by mixed foursomes in the afternoon, while the 18-hole ladies medal is set for Sunday.
Away in Thika, a field of 250 is drawn for the Mabati Rolling Mills contest while in the Mountain region, Nyeri will host the Kenya Seeds tournament.