In Summary
  • It’s back to the local scene for Kenya’s elite golfers after last week’s East Africa Challenge Cup in Dar es Salaam Tanzania where Kenya beat the hosts Tanzania by two and half points to re-capture the trophy that had eluded Kenya for four years.
  • A field of 94 players, including seven of the eight players who represented Kenya in Tanzania, will be in action this weekend at Karen Country Club for this year’s Karen Challenge trophy.
  • The 54-hole strokeplay event which is the 11th leg in the Kenya Amateur Golf Championshp (KAGC) series formerly Golfer Of The Year (GOTY), also counts towards the World Amateur Rankings.

It’s back to the local scene for Kenya’s elite golfers after last week’s East Africa Challenge Cup in Dar es Salaam Tanzania where Kenya beat the hosts Tanzania by two and half points to re-capture the trophy that had eluded Kenya for four years.

A field of 94 players, including seven of the eight players who represented Kenya in Tanzania, will be in action this weekend at Karen Country Club for this year’s Karen Challenge trophy.

The 54-hole strokeplay event which is the 11th leg in the Kenya Amateur Golf Championshp (KAGC) series formerly Golfer Of The Year (GOTY), also counts towards the World Amateur Rankings.

As usual, two rounds will be played Saturday morning and afternoon with the final round set for Sunday morning.

Leading the challenge among the top amateurs will be defending champion John Karichu from Limuru Country Club.

During last year’s tournament Karichu, who currently leads in the KAGC series, posted a total of six over par 222 gross to tie with Sigona’s Sujan Shah who he eventually beat in a sudden death play off.

Shah is now a professional and no longer qualifies to play in the event.

Challenging Karichu for the trophy will be players like Vet Lab’s Edwin Mudanyi and Mike Kisia from Vet Lab, Royal Nairobi’s Dennis Saikwa and his club-mate Kenneth Bollo and Kenya Amateur Matchplay champion Joseph Gathumbi.

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