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GEORGE, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 19: Ryan Cairns during day 2 of the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Fancourt Golf Club on February 19, 2016 in George, South Africa. EDITOR’S NOTE: For free editorial use. Not available for sale. No commercial usage. (Photo by Luke Walker/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images)

One of the notable players from last year’s edition of KCB Karen Masters is hole-in-one star Ryan Cairns.

The 35 year old Zimbabwean professional is among the 156 players entered for this year’s KCB Karen Masters slated for the par 72 Karen Country Club from June 27-30.

The Royal Harare Golf Club pro flabbergasted all and sundry last year’s after sinking a hole-in-one on the par three 5th..

The Memorable hole-in-one earned the Zim an elegant Toyota Prado 2018 model upon  hitting the target from 204m.

Cains went home richer person than last year’s Karen Masters winner Michael Palmer of South Africa with a 3 liter 16 valve car worth 10.3milion. Palmer bagged ZAR 317,000 which went down as his career highest prize money.

Last year, Cairns candidly admitted he was actually not going for the hole in one as he hit his 6-iron which bounced on the green and rolled into the hole.

Cains’ hole-in-one at Karen wasn’t his first. He has savored three more holes in ones, two in South Africa and one in Mauritius.

This year, Cairns tied for eighth on Zanaco Masters in Zambia and most recently T6 on the Sun City Challenge in South Africa.

The Karen Masters was first played on 18 and 19 March 2017 as a 36-hole event, won by Dutchman Wil Besseling who won the top cash prize of US$4,000.

The Dutchman fired his second back-to-back six under par 66 for a total of 12 under par to clinch the inaugural KCB Karen Master as Kenyan pro Greg Snow settled for fourth place.

In 2018 the Karen Masters became a Sunshine Tour event won by Michael Palmer.


Represents: Royal Harare Golf Club

Date of Birth:  12th February 1984

Residence Harare, Zimbabwe

Marital Status Married

Turned Pro 2005

Career Highlights

* Hole-in-one on the par three 5th during the 2018 KCB Karen Masters

*Finished T7 in the Doral Junior Classic in Miami in 2002

*Ranked seventh on the American Junior Golf Association

* Ranked first on the Zimbabwe Junior Golf Order of Merit in 2002.

*Selected for senior zone 6 team in 2002 at age 18.

*Won the African Junior Challenge in Nairobi, Kenya in 2002.

*Represented Zimbabwe as a junior golfer in Scotland, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Japan and the United States