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Isaac Makokha wins the 2020 Kenya Amateur Matchplay Championship

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.

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With this win, Makokha is the 1st to secure a slot to play the 2021 Magical Kenya Open.

2020 KENYA AMATEUR MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

17th – 20th September 2020

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 Lejirma.

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.

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KENYA AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP RANKING

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.

ENDS

RESUMPTION OF HANDICAPS AND RECIPROCATION

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 RESTRICTIONS

To:      All Member Clubs

7th May 2020

GOLF IN KENYA UNDER COVID-19 GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS

We 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.

As 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.

Each 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

REOPENING OF RESTAURANTS IN GOLF CLUB HOUSES DURING THE PERIOD OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC

REOPENING OF 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 April 2020.                                              

George Gathu                                                                       

  Honorary Secretary                

POSTPONEMENT OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL

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.

BY ORDER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

George Gathu

Honorary Secretary

2020 RULES SCHOOL SCHEDULE

2020 RULES SCHOOL CALENDAR  
  
VENUEDATE 
Eldoret Golf Club7th February 2020
Golf Park17th April 2020
Thika Greens15th May 2020
Muthaiga Golf Club12th June 2020
Kenya Railways 10th July 2020
Mombasa Golf Club14th August 2020
Kiambu Golf Club10th September 2020
 Kakamega Sports Club9th October 2020

LARRY NGALA IS THE NEW JGF PRESIDENT

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 clubs.

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 Ngala.

2020 Muthaiga Open

Muthaiga Open was held from 22nd – 23rd February 2020 at Muthaiga Golf Club. The 72 hole event attracted a field of 9 players.

Mutahi played a gross score 70, 73 and 73 a total of 216. This is the second time Mutahi Kibugu has won a KAGC event, the first one being Winston Churchil held at Thika Sports Club last year.

The Next KAGC event will be held at Kakamega Golf Club ( GoldFields Trophy) from 28th February to 1st March 2020.

2020 Muthaiga Open results

Mutahi Kibugu707373
Steve Kibare757172
CHANDARIA, Neer777074
NJOROGE, Samuel727674
Zurovac Leo797274
 
Karanga Mike757575
KISIA, Moses767674
NJOGU, Simon757975
MULAMA, Sammy767975
ANDREA, CHRIS837475
IRUNGU, Antony797677
GITONGA, John767977
CHANDARIA, Bhavnish788273
Koina, John777977
CIERA, Bo777879
RIMUI, Peter748179
KIARIE, Edwin817777
LEJIRMA, John767881
MAKOKHA, Isaac827876
KAMENCHU, James807779
OMONDI, Bernard827877
JUMA, Kevin777981
NJUGU, E N 787683
KIBUGU, Njoroge 827878
MAIYO, VICTOR827979
MURIMI, Ben778182
GITONGA, David818377
KARARI, Simon867778
SHAH, SHIVAM817981
Ngene, Mike827485
LAISI, Sampo748285
MACHARIA, Peter907676
NDUATI , Paul828080
KINUTHIA, Anthony837881
ADAGALA, Collins768383
RONO, Josphat818280
SHAH, SHIV828180
AGENGO, Emmanuel798778
MATANO, David838180
SODI, Aman798382
ODERO, ROBERT817984
VITISIA, Evans858377
DHALL, Kumar788682
KINYARA, B828679
BHACHU, Tejdeep848281
MANYWANDA, EDWARD818383
NJOROGE, Reuben818285
KITUR, Aaron828681
KOECH, Nelson848283
K’ANJEJO, Walter878380
ICHANGI, Joshua818584
ONSOMU, Andrew828187
NDUNGU, Duncan818387
MUNYUA, Frank858681
OROKO, Wilfred898182
KIARO, Steve878779
LANGAT, Reuben898282
Gakuo, Dennis789283
KUBWA, Reuben888482
ORINDA, STEVE848585
KIMANI, Edgar848585
BHABRA, R S828786
ALI, WASIM RAJAB868387
KOGO, Josiah878784
MUTAI, Kenduiwo838887
NGUGI, SIMON887992
LEMING’ANI, Rafael819584
KIMANZI, Fidhelis869284
KARANJA, Nicholas888490
GATHUMBI, Joseph798994
NGENE, Evans878591
Kanjumba, Macharia908787
CHESUMEI, Darren918588
BUTICH, Godfrey868791
ONDIGO, James879286
MUNYIRI, Ken879089
Korir, Noah928789
KOECH, Mathew839393
KARIUKI, J A909387
ONYINO, Walter968791
NYARIBO, H1049996