In Summary
  • Fresh from his five shots victory at the Nyanza Open in Kisumu, home player Dennis Saikwa is again the player to beat as some of the country’s top amateurs converge on the par 72 Royal Nairobi Golf Club course for this year’s Uhuru Shield.
  • During the Kisumu event, Saikwa, carded 71 and 77 for a total of 148 gross to beat Vet Lab’s Edwin Mudanyi by five shots while former Golfer of The Year champion Kenneth Bollo, also a Royal player, was third.
  • Surprisingly though, the 54-hole Uhuru Shield which is the second from last in the 2017 Kenya Amateur Golf Championship series has attracted a small field.

Fresh from his five shots victory at the Nyanza Open in Kisumu, home player Dennis Saikwa is again the player to beat as some of the country’s top amateurs converge on the par 72 Royal Nairobi Golf Club course for this year’s Uhuru Shield.

During the Kisumu event, Saikwa, carded 71 and 77 for a total of 148 gross to beat Vet Lab’s Edwin Mudanyi by five shots while former Golfer of The Year champion Kenneth Bollo, also a Royal player, was third.

Surprisingly though, the 54-hole Uhuru Shield which is the second from last in the 2017 Kenya Amateur Golf Championship series has attracted a small field.

This is probably because of the condition of the Royal course which has not been at its best condition lately.

All the same, besides the locals Saikwa, Bollo, and Kevin Juma, other players vying for the Shield include Limuru’s Paul Muchangi and John Karichu, and Vet Lab’s Mike Kisia and Robinson Owiti.

It will be played over 54-holes with the first round set for Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile the Chairman and Captain’s prize events continue this weekend at various clubs in the country.

At Thika Sports Club, the Chairman’s Prize which is the biggest and most prestigious event of the year, has attracted a pool of sponsors including Carol Kinoti, Safaricom, Ketepa, Kwal, Johnnie Walker and Nairobi Bottlers.

A field of 250 players was drawn to battle it out for an array of prizes.

Club chairman, Betty Mutua, the first African lady chair at Thika Sports Club and currently the only lady chair leading a golf club in the country, has also lined up a curtain raiser Friday that will include casino, “mbuzi” and karaoke night.

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