Kenya Golf Guide

David Wakhu follows his tee shot during a past tournament. He will among the pros in action at Royal tomorrow for the next four days.


Kenyan  professionals resume the hunt for Order of Merit points, and cash in the 2014 KCB Golf Tour series at Royal Nairobi Golf Club course. The first round of the 72-hole tournament which is the second in this year’s series following the opening leg at Thika Greens Resort, is scheduled for Tuesday (tomorrow).

At the close of entries middle last week, a total of 41 professionals had listed their names to play in the one million shillings tournament where the overall winner will take home Sh192,000 and Sh145, 000 for the second placed player. However tournament director Elisha Kasuku  said one of the two South Africa based players Stefan Andersen had confirmed participation while  Nelson Mudanyi  is yet to confirm. Kasuku however said Mudanyi will be allowed to play if he arrives in the country on time. “I have not been able to get Mudanyi, but if he arrives early enough, he will be able to tee off and so is Muthaiga’s  Anil Shah who has been away in the USA since last week.

However, most if not all the country’s leading professionals  are definitely set to  tackle the par 72 Royal Nairobi. They include local pros Charan Thethy, his younger brother Hardeep Thethy, Hesbon Kutwa, David Wakhu, and Erick Ooko. Also listed at Royal is Thika Sports Club’s Simon Ngige who goes to Royal as they leader of the series having take the first leg at Thika, as well as Kenya’s most known professional Dismas Indiza who led a strong contingent of 12 pros to Kigali for the weekend’s Rwanda Open at Kigali Golf Club where he shot nine over par to finish four shots behind the winner  Rwandan pro Jean Baptiste Hakizimana.

Tournament director and senior pro Elisha Kasuku is happy with the entry. “ I must say I am very happy with the entry list so far and will be very glad to see even more players coming at Royal on Tuesday’’ said Kasuku during the weekend. This year, KCB has set aside a total of Sh24m from which, Sh5.7m will be prize fund for the professionals with the grand finale at Nyali in September offering Sh3 million. In addition, the top three pros in the order of Merit after the end of the series will be sponsored to play in next year’s Sunshine Tour series. The pros are playing four rounds with the fourth round being a pro-am round on Friday where they will be joined by Royal members and guests of KCB. nike air max junior nike air max junior

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