Safaricom’s (NSE: SCOM) M-PESA has today announced a KES 23 million sponsorship towards the inaugural Ladies European Tour set to take place from 5th to 8th December 2019 at the Vipingo Ridge Baobab Course.
The tournament will not only mark the first time professional lady golfers have played competitively in the region but it will also be the final event of the 2019 season. The 72-hole stroke play competition will be a significant milestone in the history of the sport in Kenya.
“We are honoured to be a key sponsor as Kenya and the region hosts its first ever Ladies European Tour. At Safaricom, we have always been keen at promoting the growth of sports and sporting talent in the country. The Ladies European Tour presents an excellent opportunity to elevate Kenya as a golfing destination and to also encourage uptake of the sport among ladies in the country,” said Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom.
Tickets are now on sale for Kenyans and golf lovers who want to be a part of this spectacular event. General admission tickets are available at KES 1000 per day while VIP tickets will go for KES 10,500 per day or KES 45,000 for a week-long VIP pass.
The VIP ticket offers access to the exclusive Clubhouse rooftop with priority views over the golf course, a welcome present, premium food and drinks, top level security and VIP parking. Tickets are available on www.ticketsasa.com.
The player field for the tournament is 108 with golfing stars from all over the world battling it out for the coveted 300,000 Euro prize fund. Among those scheduled to take part are Tiger Woods’ niece, Cheyenne Woods, and Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord.
Broadcast live across the globe to millions of viewers, the event will showcase Kenya as a unique golfing and holiday destination as well as elevate the country as an important player on the world’s stage, not just in terms of golf but sports in general.
The tournament will be preceded by a Pro-Am on 4th December and the event organisers, U.COM Event will be contacting amateur Kenyan golfers to take their place alongside the professionals.