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Kenya to participate in Golf World Amateur Championships



Mathew Wahome in a past golf tournament.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya
Mathew Wahome in a past golf tournament.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, May 6 – Kenya has confirmed participation for the 2016 World Amateur Team Championships Eisenhower Trophy that will be held in Cancun, Mexico on September 21-24, 2016.

The courses of El Camaleón Golf Club at the Fairmont Mayakoba and the Grand Coral Riviera Maya Resort will be used for the championship.

The championship features the world’s leading amateur’s players and is played over 72 holes of stroke play. Each country is represented by a team of four players.  Two rounds will be played on each course with the two lowest scores to count in each round. The team with the lowest combined score wins the prestigious Eisenhower Trophy.

In preparation for this among other international tournaments coming up in the year, KGU held a qualifier tournament involving Golfer of the Year (GOTY) top order of merit players and top amateurs from all the clubs in the country.

The top 12 players qualified to join the training camp and the coach will pick three wild card call ups to fill up a strong 15 member national team squad to undergo vigorous training .

This is aimed at taking Kenya back to being the dominant top golf country in Africa. The squad will undergo a three-month training session starting next week under KGU golf development officer, Brian Njoroge who will train and mentor the squad. The best three players to represent Kenya in this prestigious championship will be named after the camp.

After the selection of the squad KGU chairman Anthony Muhoro said: “The intent of the selection criteria is to provide our players a series of participation, ranking and performance benchmarks”.

“For players who have goals to have success on the international stage at the amateur or professional level we feel these benchmarks are appropriate goals to achieve so they are best prepared to have success at the international amateur or professional level. These criteria have been reviewed to remain as current as possible, reflecting the performance of today’s competitive international environment,” the chairman mentioned.

This championship will be hosted by the Mexican Golf Federation (FMG) through the umbrella of International Golf Federation. This is the 30th edition of this men’s championship.

– About Eisenhower Event –

The championship is a biennial international amateur competition conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF), which comprises national governing bodies of golf in 126 countries and international professional tours.

The championships are two international team golf events competing for the Espirito Santo Trophy (women’s competition since 1964) and the Eisenhower Trophy (men’s competition since 1958), named after the then President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The competition is rotated among three geographic zones: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa. The IGF was founded in 1958 to encourage the international development of golf and to employ the game as a vehicle to foster friendship and sportsmanship among the peoples of the world.

The IGF serves as the International Olympic Committee’s recognized International Federation for golf. Among the notable past players are Tiger Woods (USA) ’94,Sergio Garcia (ESP) ’96, ’98,Trevor Immelman (RSA) ’98 Ricky Barnes (USA) ’02, Eduardo Molinari (ITA) ’04, Francesco Molinari (ITA) ’04,Martin Kaymer (GER) ’04, Rory McIlroy (IRE) ’06, Rickie Fowler (USA) ’08.