- The five pros who will join Machakos-based pro John Kiondo are Dismas Indiza, Tony Omuli, Erick Ooko, David Wakhu and Simon Ngige
- Spicing up this year’s event besides the visiting players, will be some of Kenya’s leading professionals
- Vet Lab Sports Club’s top two amateurs Robinson Owiti and Edwin Mudanyi will be seeking a third back-to-back victory in the Nairobi District Foursomes
An impressive field of 146 players drawn from as far as Malawi and Uganda is set to battle it out for the 2019 “King Of The Course’’ crown in the ICEA Lion Group-sponsored year opener golf tournament at the par 72 Machakos Golf Club course on Saturday.
Because of the oversubscription and Machakos being a nine-hole course, the competition committee has allowed some teams to play on Friday in order to reduce the pressure in Saturday’s draw. Spicing up this year’s event besides the visiting players, will be some of Kenya’s leading professionals.
The pros, who were invited as a way of promoting the links with Malawi, include those who participated in the 2018 Malawi Open in November which was won by a Zimbabwean pro Frinosa Muradzikwa with an impressive score of 288 gross.
The five pros who will join Machakos-based pro John Kiondo are Dismas Indiza, Tony Omuli, Erick Ooko, David Wakhu and Simon Ngige. The long hitting Indiza finished second in the Malawi Open just three shots behind the winner while the rest tied for sixth place on 294 gross.
Leading the eight Malawian golfers who arrived on Wednesday evening ready for this year’s King of The Course event, is the Malawi Golf Union President Hudson Kantwanje and Malawi Sports Council chairman James Juma.
They were in Limuru Country Club on Thursday where they were joined by Machakos Captain Musembi Mutuku and his vice Joe Mboya for a round of golf. They were later expected to meet Kenya Golf Union (KGU) chairman Lucas Maranga before travelling to Machakos to play in Friday’s Club-Nite event which is a curtain-raiser for Saturday’s action.
Meanwhile, leading the hunt for the Crown this year among the locals, will be defending champion Adelbert Nyabuto Omooria from Kenya Railway Golf Club. One of the leading amateur golfers in the country Omooria produced an impressive round of 39 points to clinch the 2018 title then playing off handicap five.