Last year’s runner-up Merrick Bremner will be among the star attractions when the crème de la crème of the Sunshine Tour return for the 2019 KCB Karen Masters.
Bremner recently participated in the US Open (one of the world’s four majors) at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in California but was chagrined to learn that he had missed the cut after the first two rounds.
The Pretoria based professional will be back at the Par 72 Karen Country Club course this week in his bid to pull off his maiden title in Kenya.
The South Africa pro is being sponsored by Betway who have supported him throughout his golfing career at the Sunshine Tour as well as the US open.
Bremner, who was Day One leader at the 2018 Karen Masters, fired a penultimate day four under par 68 to regain his top spot going into the final round. The world number 433 nevertheless lost the blue jacket to compatriot Michael Palmer by two shots when the latter birdied the 17th and 18th. This saw Palmer sign for an impressive five under par 67 to eclipse hard-fighting Bremner on homestretch.
Bremner turned pro on 25th November 2005. He has won quite a number of Sunshine Tour events including the BMW Classic in 2014. He is the only player to have won the Lombard Insurance Classic three times – in 2008, 2013 and 2016 – with Peter Karmis winning twice in 2007 and 2009 and Justin Harding also winning it twice in 2011 and 2018.
The 2019 KCB Karen Masters will be played from the 27th to 30th of June at the Karen Country Club.
The four day strokeplay event will be preceded by a Pro-Am where local pros and amateurs picked from the Road To Karen Masters serieswull be in action.
Tickets are available on www.ke.kcbgroup.com
KCB KAREN MASTERS PRO-AM QUALIFIERS FROM KCB ROAD TO MASTERS SERIES
SIGONA GOLF CLUB-FEBRUARY 25
Overall Winner -Sabo Kalsi
Men’s Winner -Ishwar Aldasani
Lady winner – Milka Mburu
Guest Winner -Lee Mungai
Staff Winner- Azu Ogolla
Wildcard -Jolly Esmail
NYALI GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB-MARCH 30
Overall winner: Joyce Masai
Men’s winner: Joseph Oluoch
Guest Winner: Fred Wagura (Golf Park)
Wildcard: Abubakar Bajaber (picked from random balloting of cards)
Junior winner: Andrew Wahome (13 years)
Staff Winner: Ibrahim Lande (KCB Bank Platinum Relations Manager)
THIKA SPORTS CLUB-APRIL 13
Overall Winner: Gathuri Wanjau
Men’s Winner: Moses Mburu
Lady Winner: Ann Kariuki
Staff Winner: Martin Kiambi
Guest Winner: Irene Kimeu
Wildcard: Awarded to junior player Simon Ngugi (handicap 6)
NAKURU GOLF CLUB-MAY 11
Overall winner: Sahota Amarpital
Lady winner: Clementine Muli
Guest winner: Kibet John
Staff winner: Allan Kirui
Junior Winner: Daniel Kiragu
Wildcard: Wanjiru Kaime (lady captain)
ROYAL NAIROBI GOLF CLUB –JUNE 15
Overall Winner:- George Makori
Men’s winner-Robert Nyanchoga
Lady winner- Jessica Kang
Staff winner Timothy Kuria
Guest winner Muli Kavita (Machakos Golf Club)
Wildcard -Charles Machani