History was made yesterday as Isaac Makokha won the 2020 Kenya Amateur Matchplay Championship at Vet Lab Sports Club.
The event which started on Thursady 17th September 2020 attracted 108 players and there were only two left to battle for the title. Jay Sadhu and Isaac Makokha fought it out on Sunday where they played 34 holes and Makokha won 3 up with 2 to go.
Vet Lab Sports Club will from tomorrow 17th – 20th
September 2020 host the 98th edition of the Kenya Amateur Matchplay Championship.
The event which
counts towards the world Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) has attracted 108 golfers.
The Kenya Amateur Matchplay Championship, organized by
Kenya Golf Union (KGU), is the oldest and most prestigious match play events in
Kenya. Since 1910, the tournament has been played each year except for 1915-1919
during the First World War and 1940 – 1945 during Second World War.
All eyes will be on defending champion Paul Muchangi from Limuru
Country Club who clinched the title last year after a tight contest. Other
players to watch will be Simon Njogu, Jay Sandhu, Isaac Makokha and John
The event has attracted 19 juniors including the top junior in
the country Mutahi Kibugu alongside Njoroge Kibugu, Daniel Kiragu, Taimur
Malik, Njogu Kung’u , Ali Wassim among others. The tournament has also
attracted Celestine Nsanzuwera from Rwanda and Sigmund Haland from Norway.
The tournament will start with with a 36-hole strokeplay
knockout rounds and only 32 players will advance to play in the matchplay
rounds. After the four-day tournament the winner will get an automatic slot to
play in the 2021 Magical Kenya Open that is scheduled to take place in March at
the Karen Country Club.
“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we have received a good field
from all over the country. We will ensure that the guidelines provided by the
Ministry of Health as well as the Ministry of Sports to help curb the spread of
COVID -19 are followed.” said the Tournament Director, Peter Kiguru.
“The tournament will be played without caddies as directed by
the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Honorable Mutahi Kagwe, and
there will be no formal presentation at the end of the competition.” added Kiguru.
On 31st July 2020, the Kenya Golf Union issued out a notice to all clubs informing them of the new date of the 2020 Annual General Meeting. The meeting that had been earlier scheduled for 24th May 2020 but was later postponed due to the COVID 19 pandemic will now be held on 21st August 2020.
Ben Omuodo who was nominated as the KGU chairman by the Royal Nairobi Golf Club and will replace Mr. Anthony Murage . Mr. Omuodo has served at the Union for 7 years.
For the position of the Vice-Chairman, Mr. Peter Kiguru was nominated by hi club – Sigona Golf Club. Mr. Kiguru joined the Union in 2017.
Njani Ndiritu was be nominated by his club as the 2020/2021 Honorary treasurer. Mr. Ndiritu served as a chairman of the Golf Talent Foundation before joining the Union in 2017.
Mr. George Gathu and Mr. Ndiga Kithae have both been nominated as Honorary secretary by their respective clubs. An election for this post will be held during the AGM.
There will be an election for the 6 positions of the executive committee. As at 31st March the Union received 7 nominations as follows;
Chris Muchugu Nominated
by Njoro Country Club
Collins Ojiambo Nominated
by Karen Country Club
David Ndung’u Nominated
by Limuru Country Club
Karugu Macharia Nominated
by Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club
Martin Nyaga Nominated
by Kiambu Golf Club
Peter Kimani Nominated
by Ruiru Sports Club
Philip Ochola Nominated
by Muthaiga Golf Club
This year the meeting will be hybrid, meaning there will be physical attendees and some will attend via video conferencing.
The 2020 Kenya Amateur Golf Championship Ranking has been canceled.
After serious deliberations with the Kenya Golf Union Board of directors during a meeting held on 21st July 2020, the board agreed to cancel the KAGC ranking since most of the KAGC events have not been played this year.
‘As you are aware, due to the COVID -19 pandemic and the consequent guidelines from the Ministry of Health and the Kenya Golf Union to curb the spread of the disease, many KAGC events have not been played and we may not have sufficient time to reschedule all these events.’ said Mr.Ben Omuodo , Tournament Director
‘ We understand that it may not be practicable for many of the clubs to host the KAGC events under the prevailing circumstances. We are also cognisant that many players may not be willing or able to travel to participate in these events. ‘ added Mr. Omuodo
The Union will however offer support to any club willing to run their KAGC competitions in ensuring that the event posters are widely circulated.
Further, the two KGU owned events e.i the Kenya Amateur Strokeplay and Kenya Amateur Matchplay will still be played and invitation will be sent to all clubs.
The Chairman of Kenya Golf Union on 20th June 2020 lifted the ban on handicaps, running of organised competitions and reciprocation.
‘We would therefore like to reinstate handicaps in the country and allow competitions, as long as these are held with utmost care to avoid congregation of any kind. Clubs are advised to announce results of any competition using means that do not require golfers to congregate in the club house. Clubs are also now free to allow reciprocation or fourballs if they are able to do so while maintaining the same due care.’ Said Mr. Murage.
The use of caddies is still not allowed until such a time when the Ministry of Health shall advise. However the chairman noted that ball spotters are allowed on the course to help golfers locate their balls as long as they (don’t handle the golf balls, clubs or bags and maintain at least two club lengths away
GOLF IN KENYA UNDER COVID-19 GOVERNMENT
continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government of Kenya
directives that are meant to stop the spread of the disease. At the moment,
playing of the game of golf in Kenya is still allowed as long as golfers
strictly follow the set guidelines.
a follow up to the notice that we sent out on the 8th of April, we
would like to extend the suspension of all handicaps in Kenya up to a time that
the government shall lift the ban on congregating of 15 people or when we as
the governing body of golf in Kenya lift the suspension. Until then, we would
like to advise golfers to strictly observe social distancing and follow all the
guidelines that have been issued by the government.
golf club needs to adapt procedures that will strictly abide with Government of
Kenya directives. To this end we would like to advise clubs to consider
adopting the following steps to help with compliance
Practice areas: to
avoid gathering at the practice range or practice putting greens, identify how
many golfers can safely use these facilities and ensuring the limit is observed.
Clubs should also provide sanitisers for golfers using these areas.
Booking tee times:
clubs should organise a system of booking and allocation of tee times to ensure
that golfers don’t gather around the tee. The maximum number of golfers in a
group per tee time should not exceed three and there is to be a minimum of
10-minute intervals between tee times.
Notices and reminders:
clubs should place notices on tees reminding golfers to keep two meters apart
on the teeing areas as well as throughout the round. The starters should also
repeat the message to all golfers.
After the round:
remind golfers to leave the course and club facilities after their round. This
is more so for clubs that have not reopened their restaurants.
RESTAURANTS IN GOLF CLUB HOUSES DURING THE PERIOD OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The Government of Kenya has recently
announced that it shall allow restaurants to re-open under strict guidelines
during this period of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic. We at the Kenya Golf Union
have since sought some clarification on the same and have received the attached
forms for use by clubs that wish to re-open their restaurants. All clubs have
to make their own applications and follow up with the relevant government offices
to get the necessary approvals.
Should a Golf Club get the necessary
approvals from the Ministry of Health, then they shall be allowed to open and
operate their restaurants under the set guidelines. For avoidance of doubt, all
Golf Clubs that do not obtain the necessary approvals from the Ministry of
Health must remain closed as per the notice from the Union dated 8th
POSTPONEMENT OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL
Following the Government of Kenya’s directive on the 6 th of March this year banning gatherings of more than 15 people to help stop the spread of the dreaded COVID-19, it is currently not practicable to have the Annual General Meeting of the Governing Council, which, is required by our constitution, to have a quorum of 15. At a meeting held on the 30th of April this year, the Executive Committee resolved to postpone the Annual General Meeting of the Governing Council until such a time that the current restrictions shall be lifted. Dated this 1st Day of May 2020.
LARRY NGALA IS NOW
THE JUNIOR GOLF FOUNDATION PRESIDENT
Larry Ngala is the new boss of Junior Golf foundation. He takes over from Eng. Gitonga Kabera who has been the Junior Golf Foundation boss since 2016. During his appointment on 4th March 2020, the KGU Chairman Mr Anthony Murage said “We have no doubt in our minds that under your leadership, Junior Golf Foundation shall continue to create an enabling environment for the sport to grow among our youth”
Mr. Ngala is a sports writer working with the Nation Media
Group and doubles up as a trustee of the Junior Golf Foundation since 2018, His
passion and dedication to junior golf is very well noticeable from his weekly
golf articles where he fights for junior golfer’s inclusion and acceptance to
Since its inception, the foundation has been led by Eddie
Njoroge from 1996-2000, Vishy Talwar from 2000 to 2005, David Mogere 2006-2009,
Ashwin Gidoomal from 2009-2016 and Joselle Gitonga from 2016-2019.
He will lead a team 6 other trustees namely John Wachira,
David Kihara, Shem Orwenyo, Mary Ang’awa, Nancy Ikinu and the newly appointed
trustee Irene Auma. “ I will dedicate myself to work towards the grassroot golf
development program that was started last year ensuring that golf reaches every
corner of this country with the support with our regional representatives” Said