Kenya Golf Guide

Nelson Simwa (right) in past action. He is part of the national team to defend the East Africa Challenge title in Kampala.

Robinson Owiti, Kenya’s captain at last year’s East Africa Challenge has called on Kenya Golf Union (KGU) to enable the team to train together in order to prepare well for their title defence during the regional event that will take place at the Entebbe Golf Club in Uganda between August 27 and September 1.

Owiti was speaking a day after KGU named a strong team of five top amateur players and four juniors. Training for the event is expected to start today with the senior players practicing at Muthaiga Golf Club while the juniors will be training at the Nyali Golf Club.

We need to practice together and plot how we are going to play in Uganda. That is the only way we will be able to defend the title, we don’t need to train in two different venues and we are one team,” Vet Lab’s Owiti who is currently third in the Golfer Of The Year standings told Kenya Golf Guide.

While announcing the team the the union chairman, Peter Warui said that by selecting juniors, it is a bold move and one of the steps aimed at golf development.

The Team to East Africa Challenge 2014 will be led by Head of Delegation Warui, Anthony Muhoro -Tournament Director and the team coach Anil Shah.

The East Africa Golf Challenge event remains one of the most prestigious golf competitions in East Africa. It was first played in 1999 in Kenya and it involves the members of East Africa Community. Last year Ethiopia was invited to participate and they have also confirmed their participation in this year’s event.

Competing countries include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia. The format involves 4 rounds of golf with singles, foursomes, four ball better ball and final singles. Each country has eight players and a reserve.

It will consist of the following:

1.Nelson Simwa- Vet Lab

2.John Karichu – Limuru

3.Robinson Owiti- Vet Lab

4.Tony Omuli- Golf Park

5.Alfred Nandwa- Njoro

6.Tahir Mohamed- Nyali- Junior

7.Daniel Nduva ( Nyali- Junior)

8.Mathew Wahome- (Nyali- Junior)

9.Adel Balala- (Nyali- Junior)

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