John Karichu celebrates after scoring a putt at the 18th green during the Kenya Amateur Matchplay Championship at Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi, June 20, 2014. Photo/Stephen Mudiari/www.pic-centre.com. (KENYA).


Current Kenya Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC) leader, Limuru’s John Karichu will lead Kenya’s contingent to this year’s Africa Amateur Golf Team Championship to be held on October 9-14 at Elephant Hills Golf Club, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The team of four named yesterday by Kenya Golf Union (KGU) chairperson Richard Wanjalla also has Vet Lab’s Edwin Mudanyi, Mutahi Kibugu of Muthaiga and Railway’s Alfred Nandwa. The four member squad has been undergoing training under KGU’s coach John Liefland.

The four are the current top amateur golfers in the country with three, but for Kibugi, having been part of the indomitable team that won the 2017 East African Golf Challenge Trophy following three days of play in Tanzania in August, dethroning Uganda to deny them the fourth straight regional title .

At least 20 countries will take part in the biennial continental showpiece with 15 having confirmed their participation among them title holders South Africa. In 2015 the tournament was held at Limuru Country club where Kenya finished second.

We are pleased to announce the team that will represent the country in an event that remains one of the most prestigious golf competitions in Africa. Our team is comprised of strong and experienced players, the selection having been done through KGU’s ranking,” said Wanjalla who doubles as the head of delegation to Zimbabwe.

The tournament hosted by members of Africa Golf Confederation whose membership is open to all National Golf Associations of Countries in Africa prepares the top African amateur golfers for the World Amateur Team Championship that are held biannually under the auspices of the International Golf Federation.

Each country is represented by four players and the format is 72- holes stroke play competition played for four consecutive days. The team score for each day shall be obtained by adding the best three of the four gross scores. The score counting for the competition shall be the aggregate gross score for the team over the four rounds, with the lowest aggregate score clinching the trophy.

While the tournament is being held, an individual tournament will also take place. The tournament will be stroke play over 72 holes in four consecutive days of the event; 18 holes per day. The winner of the individual event shall be the player obtaining the lowest aggregate score over the four rounds played.