In Summary
  • Local professionals take the hunt for places in 2018 Barclays Kenya Open golf tournament to Muthaiga Golf Club Monday, the par-71 course hosting the third leg of the qualifying series.
  • And the number of players seeking to represent Kenya in the Sh62.5 million (500,000 Euros) event has increased this year as more players turn out to try their luck.
  • Also joining the pros are three of Kenya’s four amateurs who will be battling it out for the amateur title during the Open.

Local professionals take the hunt for places in 2018 Barclays Kenya Open golf tournament to Muthaiga Golf Club Monday, the par-71 course hosting the third leg of the qualifying series.

And the number of players seeking to represent Kenya in the Sh62.5 million (500,000 Euros) event has increased this year as more players turn out to try their luck.

Also joining the pros are three of Kenya’s four amateurs who will be battling it out for the amateur title during the Open.

The amateurs are Edwin Mudanyi of Vet Lab, national junior champion Mutahi Kibugu of Muthaiga, and Dennis Saikwa of Royal.

Joining them is Tanzania’s Victor Joseph who was given one of the two amateur slots, the other one having gone to Uganda’s Ronald Rugumayo. Kibugu Mutahi and Nyali’s Agil Is Haq are also preparing for the All Africa Junior Championship in Morocco next month.

Meanwhile, the number of local professionals seeking slots in this year’s Barclays Kenya Open has increased as the qualifying series, organised by the Professional Golfers of Kenya (PGK), reaches the half way point today. A total of 37 pros are expected at Muthaiga to battle it out for the 18 slots available.

These listed to play include Thika Sports Club’s Simon Ngige who along with Dismas Indiza and Rizwan Charania are exempted from qualifying having made the cut in last year’s open. 

During the second leg at Sigona, the big hitter Indiza showed his usual great form by claiming the event with a fine score of 10 under par 278, winning ahead of Kopan Timbe who will probably be the player to watch at a familiar Muthaiga Club course.

It will be interesting to see how Greg Snow, who is at home at Muthaiga, performs against other golfers, among them fellow Muthaiga players Nelson Mudanyi, Nicholas Rokoine and Frank Matiko.

Golf Park’s David Wakhu, and Anil Shah of Royal and new-comer Alfred Nandwa have also been playing well. Teeing off is set for 11.30am.

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