In Summary
  • Ian Campbell, who headed the union in the 1980s, gave the book to current KGU chairman Richard Wanjalla.
  • The book not only gives an account of the game in Kenya, but also across East Africa.

The Kenya Golf Union’s appeal for historical items or materials to put up a library of Kenya’s golf history received a big boost this week when a former chairman of the union donated a decades-old golf book.

Ian Campbell, who headed the union in the 1980s, gave the book to current KGU chairman Richard Wanjalla.

The book not only gives an account of the game in Kenya, but also across East Africa.

“This book, which was edited by R. W. Hooper or “Dickie”, as he was known in the golfing circle then, was published in September, 1953, and it has very useful information which the current golfing community may be happy to know,” said the 86-year-old Campbell, who became KGU chairman in 1981 after serving as the union’s secretary for seven years.

In a rare meeting of the current chairman Wanjalla and Campbell at Karen Country Club on Tuesday, Campbell, who also served as captain of Royal Nairobi Golf Club in 1972, paid great tribute to the early African golfers in the country who he said made great contribution to the game of golf in the country.

“We had great golfers in this country who are worth mentioning in the history of the game such as the late John Mucheru, the late Bob Marjan, Dr Chris Obura, the late Philip Ndegwa, Richard Kemoli, David Wandua, Ben Okello, Lawrence Kariuki, the late Mohammed Rajab, Geras Khakali and Sal Davis at the Coast, among many others played a big role in popularising the game,” he said.

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