Among those drawn in the first tee, is Dutchman Wil Besseling who tasted victory by winning the Karen Masters with a fine score of 12 under par on Sunday. He will be partnered by former leading amateur Wachira Mahihu of Muthaiga.
In the same team will be Sweden’s Alexander Wennistam and amateur Anthony Ngera.
Former Kenya Open champion, Jake Roos of South Africa and Frenchman Edouard Espana will be in the team of Njuguna Kirubi and Sam Kairu.
Other big names drawn for action is Victor Riu of France, Englishman Tom Murray and Germany’s Max Kramer. The local pros who will be chasing the Pro-Am money include South Africa-based Stefan Andersen who is chasing his first Kenya Open cut since 2012, the last time the Open was held at Muthaiga.
Other local prs are Muthaiga resident pro Nelson Mudanyi, his brother Boniface Simwa from Eldoret and Nakuru’s Richard Ainley. Only six local pros will be in action in the second Pro-Am on Wednesday, where most of the top visiting pros such as Sebastian Heisele from Germany, Dutchman Jurrian Van Der Vaart, former champion Gary Boyd from England, and another past winner, Robert Dinwiddie, also from England, and defending champion Sebastian Soderberg of Sweden are drawn to battle it.
Some of the player will be using the round to fine-tune their skills in redness for the big hunt for the total prize money of Sh24 million (35,200 Euros). The tournament will kick of the “Road to Oman’’ series.