Kenya Golf Guide

P Kamuga practices a swing during the Kenya Airways Safari at Kiambu Golf Club at the weekend.


Home golfer David Nyaga shot 38 stableford points to emerge the overall winner during the ninth round of the 2014/2015 Kenya Airways Golf Safari series at the 9-hole Kiambu Golf Club.

Playing off handicap 22, Nyaga outplayed a large field of 182 guest, staff and home players. He shot 20 in the first nine and 18 in the second nine.

Despite carrying the day on count back, Nyaga was all smiles as he secured a place in the Grand Finale over and above two KQ return tickets to fly a destination of choice within the African continent.

“I’m on cloud nine. I never imagined at tee-off that I would emerge the winner but after great determination and pressure things worked out really well,” said Nyaga.

Handicap 16 James Karanja carded 38 stableford points to emerge the men’s winner. Karanja also makes it to the Grand Finale at Windsor on March 26 alongside lady winner Patricia Wangongu (handicap 23) who played a total of 36 stableford points. The Men’s runner-up trophy went to handicap 10 golfer Isaac Gichia on 37points.

Lady runner-up playing off handicap 17 was none other than Charity Njoroge on 36 points.

Longest Drive honours for men went to handicap 37 Michael Ngene. Ngene completed a rare double also chalking-up the junior winner’s accolade.

The Longest Drive Lady winner was Jane Njoroge. Like Ngene, Njoroge also completed an impressive double also clinching nearest to the pin on 7ft.

The Kiambu tour was indeed one of the best attended tournaments in recent times with a big field of 182 golfers showing up.

Thika is thus far the best attended in the KQ series with 280 followed by Limuru with 257.

Saturday’s event was graced by KQ’s Information System (IS) Director Kevin Kinyanjui who said: “KQ is committed to promoting and supporting sports and sports tourism in Kenya and beyond as a way of contributing towards sustainable development of Africa.”

Kinyanjui added that “KQ now boasts of the youngest fleet in the continent and with the largest network of destinations in Africa. We have new aircrafts including Dreamliner, B 777 and 737-800 as well as swanky lounges at JKIA that will help us achieve the dream of promoting sustainable development of Africa”.

Meanwhile, the seventh leg of the international KQ Golf Safari resumes at Kampala’s Uganda Golf Club on January 17.

The international schedule going round KQ destinations has thus far seen golfers from around the globe fight it out for Grand Finale slots at Time Club in Ghana, Royal Harare GC, Hong Kong’s Shek O club, Guangzhou’s Dragon Lake GC, Gymkhana in Tanzania, the IBB Abuja club and Ikoyi GC in Lagos graced by Kenyan Ambassador to Nigeria Tom Amollo.

It will also visit the Riverdale CC in Thailand the week after and the Reef Golf Club in Seychelles on January 31. Pecanwood Golf Club in SA and Lusaka Golf Club will wind up the tour of Africa.

The Kenya Airways Golf Safari, through “KQ Holidays” is designed to promote Kenya as a top golf tourism destination. With more than 35 golf clubs across the country, reasonable green fees, a tourist friendly exchange rate, all-year-round golfing weather, adequate hotel bed space and regular flights to Europe and Asia, Kenya is poised to tap into the $2 billion a year golf tourism market.

After Kiambu Golf Club, the tournament visits Nakuru, Muthaiga, Sigona, Karen, Vet Lab and the Royal Nairobi Golf Club.

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