In Summary

  • The 49th Barclays Kenya Open will this week host celebrated African football legend, Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha.
  • The Nigerian legend, best known for his skills on the football pitch, will be swapping his boots for clubs to play at the Barclays Pro-Am which will take place on Wednesday at Muthaiga Golf Club.
  • The Pro-Am, which has traditionally acted as the curtain raiser to the Open, is aimed at giving Kenyan amateurs an opportunity to play with, and learn from, the best in the sport from all over the globe.

The 49th Barclays Kenya Open will this week host celebrated African football legend, Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha.

The Nigerian legend, best known for his skills on the football pitch, will be swapping his boots for clubs to play at the Barclays Pro-Am which will take place on Wednesday at Muthaiga Golf Club.

The Pro-Am, which has traditionally acted as the curtain raiser to the Open, is aimed at giving Kenyan amateurs an opportunity to play with, and learn from, the best in the sport from all over the globe.

This year’s Barclays Kenya Open tees off on Thursday and ends on Sunday. “We are excited to be hosting Jay Jay Okocha at this year’s Barclays Kenya Open.

“His legendary status transcends football and we hope that his participation in this tournament will excite a section of his fan base to take an interest in golf,” said Caroline Ndungu, director, marketing and corporate relations at Barclays Bank, Kenya.

Some 156 golfers drawn from across the globe will battle it out for a total prize money of 220,000 Euros (just over Sh22 million) with the winner taking home 32,000 Euros (about Sh3.5 million).

Kenya will be represented by a contingent of 22 professionals and six amateurs.

Kenya’s hopes are being carried by among others, Stefan Anderson, Greg Snow, Dismas Indiza and Brian Njoroge. Barclays first sponsored the tournament in 2011 to mark its 95th anniversary and then became title sponsor a year later in a four-year deal.

This year’s sponsorship is part of a three-year extension that was made by the bank last year as part of its centennial celebrations making Barclays one of the tournament’s longest running title sponsors.

“For the last 100 years we have been an integral part of the Kenyan social and economic fabric, contributing to multiple aspects of this country’s development,” said Ndung’u.

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