In Summary
  • On Friday, the group was at Muthaiga to test the challenging par 71 Muthaiga course after meeting KGU boss Maranga
  • Kantwanje said besides playing in the King of The Course tournament in Machakos, they were keen to learn how Kenya has been able to develop the game of golf
  • Maranga advised the MPGA president to work together closely with KOGL and PGK to see whether Malawian pros can participate in the Safari Tour or the Kenya Open

The Malawi Professional Golfers Association (MPGA) is keen on working closely with the Professional Golfers of Kenya (PGK) and the Kenya Open Golf Limited (KOGL)-organised Safari Tour with the view of having Malawi professionals invited to play in the tour.

The on-going 2018/2019 Safari Tour has been featuring pros from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania though moving forward, it is the wish of the KOGL to see the tour attract pros from East Africa and beyond with the availability of sponsors.

Speaking during a meeting between the visiting Malawian golfers and the Kenya Golf Union (KGU) chairman Lucas Maranga at the KGU offices at Muthaiga Golf Club, MPGA President Patridge Shycal - who is also the Secretary General of Africa Professional Golfers Association (PGA) - said his country is committed to developing professional golf by sending its players to participate in various events in the continent.

“We know the Kenya Open is now a European Tour event and it may not be easy for a Malawian pro to be invited to play. We are however very keen to collaborate with the organizers of Safari Tour to see if we can work together for the benefit of both our pros and Kenyan pros,’’ said Shycal who was the man behind the Malawi Open last November, the first ever open pro event in Malawi.

Shycal, himself a professional, said it was his wish to see Africa having one big pro tour that will bring together professionals from the African continent. He is among a group of eight Malawian golfers who are in Kenya to participate in the “King of The Course’’ set for Saturday at Machakos Golf Club.

The group led by the President of Malawi Golf Union (MGU) Hudson Kantwanje and which includes the Malawi Sports Council chairman James Chuma, played in Limuru Country Club on Thursday. On Friday, the group was at Muthaiga to test the challenging par 71 Muthaiga course after meeting KGU boss Maranga.

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