Karen Country Golf Club [Stafford Ondego, Standard]
This year has got off to a great start! We were preparing for an event; The Magical Kenya Open, scheduled for March 18-21, and the European Tour granted us a second event last week, the Kenya Savannah Classic, March 23-26.
With only one day of rest between the two tournaments, the golfers are up to an excellent endurance test. A double headed ball on the European Tour during this Covid-19 pandemic is not uncommon and will help reduce player exposure while traveling.
The ability to host two consecutive events is a great honor for Kenyan golf. The fact that the European Tour deemed it appropriate to host the event here is evidence of Kenya’s attraction as a great golf destination.
The fact that the two events take place at Karen Country Club, which has been voted Best Golf Course in Kenya for two years in a row, is the cherry on the cake.
The two tournaments will be broadcast live on KTN TV, SuperSport and many other channels worldwide. Golf in Kenya will be broadcast to around 490 million households for two weeks in March.
This could not have come at a better time for the Kenyan tourism sector.
All you have to do is select the 12 Kenyans and three non-Kenyan members of the Safari Tour who will take part in both events. We already have names of the six amateurs who will take part in the Magical Kenya Open.
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You are Paul Muchangi from Limuru Country Club, who is the 2019 Kenya Amateur Matchplay Championship winner. Victor Joseph from Dar es Salaam Gymkhana, winner of the Kenya Amateur Strokeplay Championship 2019.
2020 Kenya Amateur Match Play Championship winners Isaac Makokha of Vet Lab Sport Club, Jay Sandhu of Royal Nairobi Golf Club who won the 2020 Kenya Amateur Strokeplay Championship and the two best junior golfers in Kenya; Mutahi Kibugu and Taimur Malik from Muthaiga Golf Club complete the list of amateurs.
The final event in the 2020-2021 Safari Tour series begins tomorrow at the Karen Country Club.
Greg Snow leads the Road to Magical Kenya Open and is guaranteed a slot for the two European Tour events.
The top eight on the list are also virtually certain to take part in the tournaments. There will be a big battle over the last four slots reserved for Kenyans.
The same goes for non-Kenyans; Only Robson Chinhoi from Zimbabwe is guaranteed a slot on the Safari Tour. The rest will fight for the remaining two slots.
Deo Akope and Phillip Kasozi, both from Uganda, are best placed to get the slots, but it all depends on the points they get at Karen Country Club next Wednesday.
-Wang’ombe is the General Manager of Kenya Open Golf Limited