More than 50 professional golfers are expected at Limuru Country Club on 4th October 2020 for the inaugural leg of the 2020-2021 Safari Tour. Releasing the calendar today, The Kenya Open Golf Limited, KOGL, announced that 10 events will be held during the season which will run from October to February 2021. The top 12 players will earn slots to play in the Magical Kenya Open in March next year at the Karen Country Club.
“The event at the Limuru Country Club marks the first of the four back-to-back events to be played at Royal Nairobi Golf Club, Vet Lab Sports Club, and Sigona Golf Club. Members of the Safari Tour have been keen to resume active competition ever since the suspension of all sports activities was lifted. Professional golfers love the game and it is key to note it is also their source of livelihood. As we start this third season of the Safari Tour under the shroud of this pandemic, we are looking to give a glimmer of hope to our members and continue growing the game of golf in Africa” said Patrick Obath, the Tournament Director.
Eight events will be played in Kenya while Uganda and Rwanda will host the remaining two rounds. The 2019/2020 Tour had a prize fund of $180,000 across 12 events.
Though KOGL has maintained last season’s guidelines for eligibility and scoring system, the 2020-21 season will be played under stringent medical guidelines. Said Obath: “The tour shall follow the strict protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19 among its members thus the tournament will start without the use of caddies. The visiting professional golfers will be required to present a recent certificate confirming a negative COVID-19 status. Should any member or official of the tour fall sick during the tournament, there will be a medical team at hand to ensure that they are isolated safely and that they are taken care of until they recover.”
Under the Tour rules, players are required to pay Kshs 10,000 registration fees. Players who fail to take up membership are charged Kshs 5,000 per event but do not qualify for consideration in the “road to Magical Kenya” points system. Only 20 players make the cut at every event with the tour winner decided on the total points amassed.