This year’s, annual Tannahill Golf Tournament will encompass a week long schedule of golf activities commencing on Monday 21st March to Monday 28th March. It has been expanded to be a family affair.
The 92nd edition of the annual Tannahill Golf Tournament will take place during the Easter Weekend at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club.
The tournament is regarded the biggest amateur golf event in Sub-Saharan Africa and will bring together the best amateur players from 9 clubs from Nairobi, Mombasa and Western provinces to compete for the coveted Tannahill Shield.
Participating clubs include Muthaiga Golf Club, Karen Country Club, Sigona Golf Club, Limuru Country Club, Railway Golf Club, Western Kenya, Mombasa Team, and Vet Lab Sports Club including the hosts Royal and defending champions Nairobi Golf Club.
“Unlike other golf events, Tannahill Golf Tournament is played by teams – instead of individuals – of amateur golfers from various clubs who are keen to showcase their golfing skills and team spirit whilst enjoying the company of other competing golfers, ” remarked Royal Nairobi Golf Club Captain, Peter Serem.
In 2015, Royal Nairobi Golf Club emerged the winner of the Tannahill Shield.
“The scoring system, which determines winner of the Tannahill Shield, will remain the same, two points for a win, one point for a draw and no point for a loss.” added the captain.
Activities preceding the main tournament on Easter Sunday on March 27th will be: The Inaugural Junior Foursomes Easter Tournament – whose participants will be juniors from all clubs in Kenya to compete for this inaugural trophy; Open Foursomes – open to all amateur golfers of both genders – and the Longest Drive Competition for men including seniors, women and over 45 years. Professional golfers are allowed to participate in this.
The Tannahill Golf Tournament is the brainchild of Major Arthur Tannahill and was inaugurated in 1924 as an annual event when the general committee of the then Nairobi Golf Club invited teams representing Mombasa, Nyeri, Kiambu, Nakuru and Muthaiga to participate in the tournament. Every club plays one match against each of the other clubs, eight players a side and the format was four-ball-better-ball match play.
The tournament has been sponsored by Jamii Telecommucations, MultiChoice Musimba, a private equity company and the Kenya Nuclear Energy Board.