Kenya Golf Guide

National golf team captain Mathew Omondi (left) with coach Charles Farrar pose for a photo during the Africa Zone VI Championship in Windhoek, Namibia late last month.


It looked like the dice had been cast even before the National Golf team left the country for this year’s Africa Zone VI Championship in Windhoek, Namibia.
There were reservations in the manner Kenya Golf Union (KGU) picked the national team players, with a lot of mixed reactions from local golf enthusiasts and players on social media and the mode of
selection clearly turned to haunt the Union.
Kenya, who just three years ago were crowned Africa champions in Botswana for winning the same tournament, could only manage a fourth finish this time, behind winners South Africa, Zimbabwe and hosts Namibia, amassing a total of 11 points.
South Africa won the event on a score of 23, while Zimbabwe was second on a score of 19 and Namibia third on 15.
Initially, the competition used to be between South Africa and Kenya but the unfolding trend is sickening.
KGU previously used to pick the national team purely on merit, and to get the best amateurs in the country they simply picked the top players on the Golfer Of The Year standings, a format they overlooked this time for unclear reasons and the outcome was certainly poor.
It should be a lesson well learnt for the Union selectors and they should not repeat a similar mistake in future.
Although golfers are still seeking answers from the union on the criteria they used to select the team, the damage is already done and focus should now swiftly shift to future events to ensure that the
country regain its lost glory in the sport.
The image of favouritism should not be depicted in the mode of selection; all players should be given a chance to represent the country so long as they can prove their mettle. charms pandora pas cher charms pandora pas cher

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