Golf Golf

Muthaiga to host KCB regional showdown


NAIROBI, Kenya, February 28- Muthaiga Golf Club will host golfers from the region in this year’s second leg of the KCB East Africa Golf tour scheduled that starts on Friday.

The tournament follows the successful premier of the tour at Thika Golf Club where Royal Nairobi Golf Club professional Anil Shah produced an impressive five under par 67 in the closing round of the KCB Advantage Banking Challenge, to walk away with the top prize.

According to the Professional Golfers of Kenya (PGK) captain, Rizwan Charania, the Muthaiga event is a four round affair unlike Thika which had three.

A field of 36 professionals including Haile Ghedreegziabher from Ethiopia have already signed up for the showdown.

Thika Golf Club’s Simon Ngige, Njuguna Ngugi from Railways and Muthaiga’s Paul Thuo are among Kenyan pros expected to be in contention for victory.

Last year’s grand finale winner, Anil Shah of Royal Nairobi, is also expected to take part in the four day event.

Dismas Indiza, who has been away in South Africa for the past two weeks taking part in the recently concluded Telkom PGA tournament that’s part of the South Africa Sunshine Tour, has also confirmed participation.

The six amateurs who have been drawn to play in the Kenya Open will also take part in KCB Golf tour in Muthaiga as part of their preparations.

A Pro- Am will take place on Friday with a field of 120 amateurs drawn from KCB corporate guests. The final round will be on Saturday where Muthaiga club members will get a chance to play with the professionals.

The bank has committed a total of Sh9m, of which Sh6.4m is the prize kitty for the professionals while the golf administration and prizes for the amateurs amount to Sh2.6m.

This year the tour will visit Thika, Muthaiga, Nyanza, Royal Nairobi, Nakuru and Nyali Golf and Country Club Mombasa.