Top amateur save for Coast Open

Kelly Gachaga from Muthaiga in the past. [Maarufu Mohamed, Standard].

Kenya’s top amateur golfers will be flexing their muscles at this year’s Coast Open 2022 ‘Barry Cup’ Championship, which begins tomorrow at the par 71 Sea-Link Mombasa Golf Course.

The two-day, 36-hole stroke event, which ends Sunday, is the 102nd edition of the championship at the club and has attracted some 100 leading amateurs with qualifying handicaps nationwide.

Unfortunately, the Kenyan team, who won the African Region IV Championship in Uganda last weekend, will not take part.

The team, which includes home champions Adel Balala, Railways’ John Lejirma, Limuru’s Dennis Maara and Kiambu’s Michael Karanga, are training ahead of the 2022 Victoria Cup tournament to be played at Limuru Country Club next weekend. Hosts Kenya play against Uganda.

Club Captain James Gitonga said management worked around the clock to ensure the success of the event and assured golfers the course was in excellent condition.

“We are poised to host the championship and golfers should expect challenges around the course, particularly with the current high winds from the nearby Indian Ocean which could affect their shots,” Gitonga said.

He added that the event has received massive support from local golfers and an invitation is open to golfers from Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.

The championship, which began in 1913, is the country’s premier golf event, held under the auspices of the Kenya Golf Union (KGU).

This is where golfers collect points if they want to qualify for the 2023 Magical Kenya Open.

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