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SAFARI TOUR SEASON TO TEE OFF IN APRIL

Posted on Wednesday, 20th March 2019 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Mumias based Pro golfer, Dismas Indiza, the winner of the Karen leg of the Safari Tour.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

The 2019-2020 Safari Tour Golf Series will tee off in April this year, the Kenya Open Golf Limited has today announced.

Making the announcement at the prize-giving ceremony of the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship, Chairman Peter Kanyago said that plans are underway to have the tournament extended to other East African Countries.

“Through your Government’s support, as well as that of our sponsors, I am pleased to announce that we now plan to embark on the 2019-2020 Safari Tour Golf Series starting this April. The tournament will feature 12 tournaments spread across Kenya and the East African region,” he said.

He added: “It is our conviction that the continued improvement of this tournament will help local and regional players excel at the Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship in the years to come.”

The Safari Tour Golf Series was inaugurated in August 2018 to help prepare local and regional pros for the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship. A total of seven events were held across the country, producing five different champions.

Remaking in this, Chairman Kanyago said: “Through the support of your Government, I am delighted to report that we started The Safari Tour last year to help our local and regional pros prepare for this year’s Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship. I am pleased to report that we held seven Safari Tour events which featured five different winners,”

A total of 14 Kenyans qualified to play at this year’s Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship through the Safari Tour Golf Series.

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NGIGE REIGNS SUPREME AT THE 2019 MAGICAL KENYA OPEN

Posted on Monday, 18th March 2019 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

President Uhuru Kenyatta congfratulates Kenya’s top pro at the 2019 Magical Kenya Golf Championship, Simon ngige, who finished tied in 25th. He took home Kshs 1.2 million for his efforts.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

A superb birdie chip off the edge of the 18th green saw Thika Golf Club’s Simon Ngige end his 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship campaign with a round of 69 for a tournament total of 5-under 279 to see him finish tied in 25th.

He carded a total of 33 on the first nine courtesy of birdies at the par-3 second, the par-5, sixth and the par-4, seventh; with his only dropped shot at the first nine coming at the par-3 fourth. On the back nine, he shot a lone bogey at the par-5, 11th and holed the incredible birdie at the 18th to card a total of 36.

Speaking after the round, Ngige said he was pleased with his performance, adding that he now looks forward to playing at more tournaments.

I had a lot of fun on the course and loved the fact that there were fans around me who made me feel comfortable. The golf course was in great shape and the wind wasn’t as severe as it has been through the week; so generally, it was a good day for me,” he said.

He added: “I am going to Zambia in a week for the Zambia Open then the Zimbabwe Open. I am driving well off the tee and I just need to practice on the green from Wednesday.

Speaking about the impact the 2018/19 Safari Tour Golf Series has had on local Pros, Ngige said: “The Safari Tour has been really good to us. For years, we have yearned for a Tour that engages us for a year; and now we have the Safari Tour which has tested us and pushed us out of our comfort zones. I look forward to playing at the 2019/2020 season of the tour.”

This was his best-ever finish at the Kenya Open Golf Championship for which he took home € 10,615 (equivalent to KShs 1.2 million).

Meanwhile, Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort’s Justus Madoya, ended the tournament with a round of 75 to leave him tied in 72nd place with a total score of 4-over par 289.

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