Kenya Golf Guide

Richard Ainley.


Controversy today surrounded Richard Ainley’s last minute disqualification as the 48th edition of Kenya Open Golf Championship teed off at the Karen Golf and Country Club.

A heated argument ensued on social media after the Nakuru pro posted of his facebook page that:

“Because of my facebook post I’ve been refused to play as my invitation has been withdrawn. To those I may have offended I’m sorry. To all you other kenyans play well!”

The initial post on his page that he claims led to his disqualification, read: “I see colonization had not ended. Only Kenya’s elite and mzungus allowed to park at the Kenya Open Karen country Club. Us few players that have cars have to make a good long trek yet it does not matter if your late. Shindwe! I’m taking it low out of anger.”

However, in a rejoinder, Kenya Open tournament director Patrick Obath said Ainley was believed to have used abusive language on a marshal and security official when he arrived at the club.

“According to golf rules the world over any golfer or persons using comments, that may harm or discredit officials, fellow golfers, security officials, volunteers, third party and media persons will not be allowed to continue taking part in said tournament,” said Obath, who quoted the general regulations developed by European Tour Guides.

“I will not be playing at this year’s Kenya Open. I am serious and my decision is final,” said Ainley when reached for comment.

He added: “Playing at the Kenya Open one needs a minimum of Sh60, 000, because there is a registration fee of Sh20, 000, caddie fee for a whole week is Sh21, 000 and transport to and from the venue including food, the figure goes beyond Sh60, 000. Why should I pay to play at the Open?” cheap air max cheap air max

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