- Brian Njoroge, one of Kenya’s leading professional golfers, is probably the busiest golfer in the country.
- In addition to his role as the national amateur teams coach, Njoroge also acts as the Kenya Golf Union’s development officer. One would there fore be wondering how Njoroge, also a family man, manages to combine all these responsibilities with his playing career.
- Pro golfers usual put in a lot of hours on the range to keep themselves ready for any event.
Brian Njoroge, one of Kenya’s leading professional golfers, is probably the busiest golfer in the country.
In addition to his role as the national amateur teams coach, Njoroge also acts as the Kenya Golf Union’s development officer. One would there fore be wondering how Njoroge, also a family man, manages to combine all these responsibilities with his playing career.
Pro golfers usual put in a lot of hours on the range to keep themselves ready for any event.
As KGU’s Development Officer, Njoroge’s tasks include the Public Golf course project at Kasarani and the Lenana School golf course where along with KGU officials and other stake-holders from various government ministries, they have been holding meetings to plan the construction of the public course and the conclusion of the Lenana School course.
Njoroge says once concluded, the Lenana School course will act as the centre of junior golf development programmes before others are established elsewhere in the country.
As of now, Njoroge has been co-ordinating with various professionals in different regions of the country on junior golf training. He however admits that there is an urgent need to set up golf academies in various regions countrywide.
But for the time being, Lenana will meanwhile serve as the centre from where talent will be identified for future good amateur golfers. From there, those with talent to become professionals will then be taken to another level of training.
But Njoroge says all these programmes will require funding, one of the reasons why the KGU recently identified a partner who will help the union in soliciting for funds for golf development in the country.
Njoroge, a graduate of Business Management from Southern University in Louisiana, USA, says that with good training programme right from the tender age of five through those academies, Kenya stands a good chance of producing good amateur golfers who will go on to represent the country in international events and in turn move to the professional level.
“We have had good amateur golfers, some of whom have gone on to become professionals, but most of those are self-taught and make their own effort to reach where they are. For one to become a good golfer either in the amateur of professional ranks, one needs a strong foundation,’’ says Njoroge.
Like many golfers from golf playing families, Njoroge who picked the interest from his father George Njoroge, started playing at the age of 11 at Vet Lab Sports Club and featured in a number of junior events, although it was not until the age of 15 when he developed more interest in the game.
Born in Nairobi on January 17, 1978, he attended St Mary’s and St Austin’s schools before moving to the United States of America for further studies, first at Peninsula College in Washington State before moving to Louisiana.
This is where his golf started improving and was able to win seven South Western Athletic Conference (SWAC) tournaments and finishing second in a few others.
Back home before turning professional in 2005, Njoroge turned out for the national amateur team.
He was in the line-up for the 2004 and 2005 Africa Zone Six Championships in Sun City, South Africa, and at Royal Swazi in Swaziland. Like a number of his colleagues in the local pro golf circuit, Njoroge featured in a number of local and international tournaments from 2006 to date.
Locally, his breakthrough was during the 2007 Kenya seed trophy in Kitale where he won with a good score.
This came after after featuring in several tournaments in America’s Gateway Tour between 2006 and 2007.
“These events helped me alot as I was able to focus more on my game’’. Upon his return to Kenya, Njoroge travelled to Southern Africa for several events in the Sunshine Tour in South Africa and Zambia.