KCB Karen Masters 2019
The 18-hole Karen Country Golf Club was abuzz with activity as it hosted the latest edition of the KCB Karen Masters Golf Tournament over the weekend. Local and international pros who participated, left Kenyans begging for more following jaw-dropping displays on the course.
The KCB Karen Masters has developed into a distinctively African golf tournament designed to promote the game of golf in Africa. This year’s tournament was fully endorsed by the Sunshine Tour and it involved 152 professional players.
South Africa’s Toto Thimba triumphs.
South Africa’s Pro Toto Thimba won the third edition of the KCB Karen Masters with 26 under par 262, edging Portugal’s Stephen Ferreira who managed a stunning 23 under par 265. Keith Horne, JC Ritchie, Garrick Higo, MJ Viljoen, Thriston Lawrence and Kenya’s Greg Snow scooped the remaining five slots in that order.
Toto had predicted on Friday that he was going to win and told the media in Nairobi as much. “To be honest, am really impressed with the way I played this week,” he said.
“I’ve been working on my state of mind, you know. Everyone said ‘you’re playing well and why can’t you win?’ So, I had to sit down and check myself and see why I can’t win. So, I started reading books of authors like Les Brown, Eric Thomas and that was a turning point in my life because that made me strong mentally and I had a great attitude this week.”
“I knew I was going to win,” he said after receiving the trophy.
First Sunshine Tour Win
This was Thimba’s first career win in the prestigious Sunshine tour and he becomes the third successive first time winner after victories from Garrick Higo at Sun City, Jake Redman at the Lombard Insurance Classic and Martin Rohwer who clinched the Investec Royal Swazi Open.