ZIM’s Chinhoyi & Nigerian Odoh to compete at Kenya Open

BY ZBC Reporter
Robson chinhoyi and Nigerian Andrew Odoh are the two regional players who will compete at the 2020 Magical Kenya Open from the 11th to the 14th of March 2020 having qualified through the Safari Tour.
Two other regional players Toto Thimba, a regular at the Zimbabwe Open Golf tournament and Sunshinetour together with compatriot Jayden Schaper also from South Africa have been invited to play at the tournament in Nairobi, Kenya. Chinhoi, a member of Royal Harare has represented Zimbabwe at amateur level is now plying his trade on the East African tour where he is making waves after winning the 2019 castle lite sponsored Entebbe Golf Open in Uganda.
The Kenya Open Golf Championship is East and Central Africa’s premier annual golf event. Now in its 52nd year, it is part of the PGA European Tour having first joined the European Challenge Tour in 1991.
Professional golfers in Zimbabwe and abroad were dismayed by the cancellation of the 10th Zimbabwe Open, the richest professional golf tournament locally and one of five most prestigious tournaments on the Sunshine Tour schedule.
Normally held during the Easter Holidays period at the Royal Harare Golf Club course, the country’s premier golf tournament was moved to August 26, 2019 before being called off.
It is not clear whether this year’s tournament will take place due to the economic challenges the country is facing. The organising committee of the Zimbabwe open could not be drawn to comment on this year’s tournament.
ABSA Bank Kenya announced a Kenya Shillings 75 million sponsorship for the 2020 Magical Kenya Open tourney.
The Kenya Open is a golf tournament in Kenya and has been an event on the European based Challenge Tour schedule since 1991. It was founded in 1967, and has been held at Muthaiga Golf Club near Nairobi every year except 1968, 2004–2008, and 2013, when the tournament was held at Karen Country Club.
The Tournament has attracted elite golfers from all over the world and is currently the second oldest event under the PGA European Challenge Tour. For the traveling golfer, teeing off in one of Kenya’s many world class golf courses makes for a perfect break from a safari. Kenya’s weather is ideal for golf all year round making it one of the world’s top golfing destinations.
The European Tour is the primary golf tour in Europe. The European Tour was established by the British-based Professional Golfers’ Association, and responsibility was transferred to an independent PGA European Tour organisation in 1984.