2015/16 Yearbook Sport

Golf

(2014, 2015):

The results of the Kenya Open golf championships of 2014 and 2015 best illustrate the standard of the sport and particularly the men’s game.

The Kenya Open competition is world class. It is part of the second-tier premier tour in Europe — the European Challenge Tour, from which players graduate to the European Tour. The Kenya Open has long been a popular destination for players from all over the world aiming at making the European Tour. Therefore, indigenous Kenyans, during the Kenya Open, face the stiffest competition they could expect. Yet, in 2014, the local standards have been decent and ambitions well understood. Greg Snow was in the hunt of the Kenya Open title for most of the competition in 2014. Eventually he finished a commendable 10th in the fight won by South African Jake Roos. It was a massive letdown that Snow, from a title contender and thrilling inspiration of Kenyan golf would fail to make the cut in the 2015 Kenya Open.

Nevertheless, locals stayed in the fight in 2014 and 2015, Dismas Indiza staying in contention alongside Snow in 2014 to finish 13th,  and making up for Snow’s slump in 2015 by being the top placed Kenyan – at 20th  position – when another South African Haydn Porteous won at Karen Country Club.

From the leader board of the 2014 and 2015 Kenya Open competitions, it is obvious who both the top professional and amateur male golf players are in the country.

Brian Njoroge and Mathew Omondi made the cut in 2015 to join Indiza in the hunt for top honours. Only Snow and Indiza made the cut in 2014.

The women’s game looked up with good results during this period. The Kenyan girls regularly pit their skills against prominent foreign competition. Top class foreigners also attend major competitions organized locally by the Kenya Ladies Golf Union (KLGU). Among the most prominent are the Gilberson and Page Trophy.

Brief history of the Gilberson and Page Trophy:

The Gilberson and Page Trophy, (G & P), was first presented in 1969 by Jack Gilberson and Reg Page of Zambia and was originally between Zambia and the then East Africa. The present format was adopted in 1983 as a Triangular between Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The event became biennial in 1991. The 2015 Gilberson & Page Trophy— a Tri-Nations [Zimbabwe, Kenya and Zambia] competition — was held in Harare, Zimbabwe, between August 3-6 at the courses of Borrowdale Brookes and Chapman Golf Club. Kenya last hosted the event in 2013 at Karen Country Club where they successfully defended the trophy.

The seven-lady Kenya team, captained by Muthaiga’s Christina Andersen, who had steered the team to victory in 2011 in Zambia illustrated the top cream of women talent in Kenya golf; an almost officials rankings roster which was:

  • –    Naomi Wafula – (Handicap 2)
  • –    Agnes Nyakio – (H/c 6)
  • –    Kellie Gachaga – (H/c 6)
  • –    Mercy Nyanchama – (H/c 8)
  • –    Joyce Wanjiru – (H/c 9)
  • –    Rachel Chebukati – (H/c 11)
  • –    Christina Andersen – (H/c 6)
  • –    Team manager: Mary Wambugu – Kenya Ladies Golf Union (KLGU) chairperson.

Kenyan girls also took part in a second major tournament, the All Africa Challenge Trophy (AACT). The 12th edition in 2014 was hosted at Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi. The 54 holes championship returned to Kenya after 20 years.

The AACT is a biennial continental ladies golf championship and 17 countries registered for the 2014 edition with 48 players contesting for the prestigious trophy — first played for in 1992 in Zimbabwe.

Following the inaugural event in 1992 at Chapman Golf Club, Harare, Zimbabwe, the event has been to all corners of Africa – South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Egypt, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia.

The defending champions, South Africa were at the 2014 competition together with Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Botswana.

The Challenge Trophy brought together the best lady amateur golfers on the continent; each country represented by three players and a non-playing captain. Using Eishenhower scoring, the best two scores per round counted towards the daily team score in the 54-hole stroke play format.

South Africa has dominated over the years — with the exception of 2006 when the team trophy was won by Egypt. The winner of the Best Junior Player in Botswana was Kenya’s Naomi Wafula while her mentor, the Kenya great, Rose Naliaka, won the individual trophy in 2002.

2015 KENYA OPEN GOLF (…selected results…):

(European Challenge Tour – men’s – event)

  1. Haydn Porteous (South Africa) – 271
  2. Brandon Stone (SA) – 271
  3. George Woolgar (England) – 272
  4. Sam Walker (England) – 273
  5. Daan Huizing (The Netherlands) – 275
  6. Jens Fahrbring (Sweden) – 276
  7. Jaakko Makitalo (Finland) – 276
  8. Victor Riu (France) – 276
  9. Emilio Cuartero Blanco (Espana) -277
  10. Jose-Filipe Lima (Portugal) – 277
  11. Andrew Marshall (England) – 277
  12. Ricardo Gouvela (Portugal) – 278
  13. Cyril Bouniol (France) – 279
  14. Jeff Winther (Denmark) – 279
  15. Jacob Glennemo (Sweden) – 280
  16. Maz Orrin (England) – 280
  17. Damian Ulrich (Switzerland) – 280
  18. Louis de Jager (SA) – 281
  19. Joachim B Hansen (Denmark) – 281
  20. Sebastian Heisele (Germany) – 281
  21. Ross Kellett (Scotland) – 281
  22. Stuart Manley (Wales) – 281
  23. Ruaidhiri McGee (Ireland) – 281
  24. Andreas Harto (Denmark) – 282
  25. David Law (Scotland) – 282
  26. Nicolo Ravano (Italy) – 282
  27. Steven Brown (England) – 283
  28. Edouard Dubois (France) – 283
  29. Paul Howard (England) – 283
  30. Dismas Indiza (Kenya) – 283
  31. Jesus Legarrea (Espana) – 283
  32. Borja Astudillo Virto (Espana) – 283
  33. Jamie Elson (England) – 284
  34. Dylan Frittelli (SA) – 284
  35. Simon Griffiths (England) – 284
  36. Steven Jeppesen (Sweden) – 284
  37. Joel Stalter (France) – 284
  38. Duncan Stewart (Scotland) – 284
  39. Pontus Wildegren (Sweden) – 284
  40. Joao Carlota (Portugal – 285
  41. Samuel Echikson (Belgium) – 285
  42. Niccolo Quintarelli (Italy) – 285
  43. Jack Senior (England) – 285
  44. Mathew Southgate (England) – 285
  45. Oscar Stark (Sweden) – 285
  46. Peter Whiteford (Scotland) – 285
  47. Martin Wiegele (Austria) – 285
  48. Clement Berardo (France) – 286
  49. Pedro Figueiredo (Portugal) – 286
  50. Chris Hanson (England) – 286
  51. Martin Rominger (Switzerland) – 286
  52. Jens Dantorp (Sweden) – 287
  53. Niall Kearney (Ireland) – 287
  54. Maarten Lefeber (The Netherlands) – 287
  55. Lukas Nemecz (Austria) – 287
  56. Jamie McLearey (Scotland) – 288
  57. Brian Njoroge (Kenya) – 290
  58. Jack Harrison (England) – 291
  59. Ken Benz (Switzerland) – 292
  60. Christophe Brazillier (France) – 292
  61. Jesper Billing (Sweden) – 297
  62. Matthew Omondi (Kenya) – 297

DID NOT MAKE CUT (Two days total show):

  1. Oliver Bekker (RSA) – 143
  2. Elias Bertheussen (Norway) –
  3. Erick Obura (Kenya) – 143
  4. Njuguna Ngugi (Kenya) – 144
  5. Riz Charania (Kenya) – 146
  6. David Opati (Kenya) – 146
  7. Ajay Shah (Kenya) – 147
  8. David Wakhu (Kenya) – 147
  9. Philip Kasozi (Uganda) – 148
  10. James Karanja (Kenya) – 148
  11. Andrew Odoh (Nigeria) – 148
  12. Jean-Baptiste Hakizimana (Rwanda) – 149
  13. Jacob Karanja (Kenya) – 149
  14. (Amateur) Alfred Nandwa (Kenya) – 149
  15. Boniface Simwa (Kenya) – 149
  16. Greg Snow (Kenya) – 149
  17. Kopan Timbe (Kenya) – 150
  18. CJ Wangai (Kenya) – 150
  19. Ken Abuto (Kenya) – 151
  20. Frank Matilo (Kenya) – 151
  21. Simon Ngige (Kenya) – 151
  22. Tony Omuli (Kenya) – 151
  23. Nicholas Rokine (Kenya) – 151
  24. (Am) Boniface Koskei (Kenya) – 152
  25. Hesbon Kutwa (Kenya) – 152
  26. (Am) Robinson Owiti (Kenya) – 152
  27. (Am) Nelson Simwa (Kenya) – 152
  28. David Odhiambo (Kenya) – 153
  29. Sullivan Muthigia (Kenya) – 154
  30. Jacob Okello (Kenya) – 154
  31. Anil Shah (Kenya) – 154
  32. Stefan Andersen (Kenya) – 158
  33. (Am) John Karichu (Kenya) – 159
  34. (Am) Mathew Wahome (Kenya) – 160
  35. James Lorum (Kenya) – 161
  36. James Mudanyi (Kenya) – 164

2014 KENYA OPEN GOLF (…selected results…):

(European Challenge Tour event)

  1. Jake Roos (South Africa) – 278
  2. Adrien Bernadet (France) – 279
  3. Lasse Jensen (Denmark) – 279
  4. Pedro Oriol (Espana) – 279
  5. Steven Brown (England) – 281
  6. Dodge Kemmer (USA) – 281
  7. Thomas Linard (France) – 281
  8. Danie Van Tonder (RSA) – 281
  9. Pontus Widegren (Sweden) – 281
  10. Oliver Bekker (RSA) – 282
  11. Bend Ritthammer (Germany) – 282
  12. Greg Snow (Kenya) – 282
  13. Jamie Elson (England) – 283
  14. Dismas Indiza (Kenya) – 283
  15. Maarten Lefeber (The Netherlands) – 283
  16. Sam Little (England) – 283
  17. Cyril Bouniol (France) – 284
  18. Matt Ford (England) – 284
  19. Sam Hutsby (England) – 284
  20. Andrew McArthur (Scotland) – 284
  21. Oliver Wilson (England) – 284
  22. George Woolgar (England) – 284
  23. Chris Hansen (England) – 285
  24. Jeppe Huldahl (Denmark) – 285
  25. Jerome Lando (France) – 285
  26. Niklas Lemke (Sweden) – 285
  27. Philip Price (Wales) – 285
  28. Alvari Velasco (Espana) – 285
  29. Byeon Hun An (Korea) – 286
  30. Dave Coupland (England) – 286
  31. Edouard Dubois (France) – 286
  32. Jordi Pinto (Espana) – 286
  33. Mortiz Lampert (Germany) – 286
  34. Andrew Marshall (England) – 286
  35. Oscar Stark (Sweden) – 286
  36. Martin Wiegele (Austria) – 286
  37. Wil Besseling (The Netherlands) – 287
  38. Ben Evans (England) – 287
  39. Jordi del Moral Garcia (Espana) – 287
  40. Carlos Aguilar (Espana) – 288
  41. Bjorn Akesson (Sweden) – 288
  42. Lorenzo Gagli (Italy) – 288
  43. Lloyd Kennedy (England) – 288
  44. Jesus Legarrea (Espana) – 288
  45. Pierre Relecom (Belgium) – 288
  46. Filippo Bergamaschi (Italy) – 289
  47. Edouard Espana (France) – 289
  48. Julien Guerrier (France) – 290
  49. Gary Lockerbie (England) – 290
  50. Haydn Porteous (RSA) – 290
  51. Jeff Winther (Denmark) – 290
  52. Robert Coles (England) – 291
  53. Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (France) – 291
  54. Andrew Johnston (England) – 291
  55. Damian Ulrich (Switzerland) – 291
  56. Oliver Farr (Wales) – 292
  57. Zane Scotland (England) – 292
  58. Alessandro Tadini (Italy) – 292
  59. Steven Tiley (England) – 292
  60. TC Charamba (Zimbabwe) – 393
  61. Robin Kind (The Netherlands) – 293
  62. Alessio Bruschi (Italy) – 294
  63. Joakim Lagergren (Sweden) – 294
  64. Martin Rominger (Switzerland) – 294
  65. Ken Benz (Switzerland) – 296
  66. Jesper Kennegard (Sweden) – 297
  67. Sam Walker (England) – 298
  68. Alexander Bjork (Sweden) – 299

DID NOT MAKE CUT (two days total shown):

  1. Philip Archer (England – 146
  2. Luke Goddard (England) – 146
  3. Chris Lloyd (England) – 146
  4. Njuguna Ngugi (Kenya) – 146
  5. Tomas Norret (Denmark) – 146
  6. Thomas Pieters (Belgium) – 146
  7. Florian Praegant (Austria) – 146
  8. Niccolo Quintarelli (Italy) – 146
  9. Charles- Edouard Russo (France) – 146
  10. Joel Sjoholm (Sweden) – 146
  11. Shaun Smith (RSA) – 146
  12. Anthony Snobeck (France) – 146
  13. Simon Ngige (Kenya) – 147
  14. Brian Njoroge (Kenya) – 147
  15. David Wakhu (Kenya) – 147
  16. Stefan Andersen (Kenya) – 148
  17. Riz Charania (Kenya) – 149
  18. (Am) Tony Omuli (Kenya) – 149
  19. Nicholas Rokoine (Kenya) – 149
  20.  Jacob Okello (Kenya) – 150
  21. Deo Akope (Kenya) – 151
  22. John Kiondo (Kenya) – 151
  23. Sullivan Muthugia (Kenya) – 151
  24. Mathew Omondi (Kenya) – 151
  25. (Am) Justus Madoya (Kenya) – 152
  26.  Nelson Mudanyi (Kenya) – 152
  27. David Odhiambo (Kenya) – 152
  28. Denis Anguyo (Uganda) – 153
  29.  Kangwine M Chiluba (Zambia) – 153
  30. David Opati (Kenya) – 153
  31. (Am) Daniel Nduva (Kenya) – 155
  32. (Am) Robinson Owiti (Kenya) – 155
  33. Boniface Simwa (Kenya) – 155
  34. John Wangai (Kenya) – 155
  35.  Anil Shah (Kenya) – 145
  36. Kopan Timbe (Kenya) – 156
  37. Jean-Baptiste Hakizimana (Rwanda) – 157
  38. Hardeep Thethy (Kenya) – 159
  39. Ganeev Giddie (Kenya) – 161
  40. (Am) Nelson Simwa (Kenya) – 162
  41. (Am) John Karichu (Kenya) – 154

Kenya women’s golf team profiles:

Naomi Wafula
  • DoB: 28-11-97
  • Handicap: 2
  • Represented Kenya for 5 years. Awarded the 2014 Junior Golfer of the year.
  • Ladies Golfer of the Year 2013
  • Overall Junior Winner (AACT, Botswana, 2012)
  • Team Member: Gilberson & Paige Kenya Team 2011, 2013, 2015 / AACT Kenya Team 2012, 2014
Christina Andersen
  • DoB: 08-12-87
  • Handicap: 6
  • Team Captain – Gilberson & Paige Kenya Team, Zambia 2011, Nairobi 2013, Zimbabwe 2015 / Team Member AACT Kenya 2014
  • Junior British Open, Africa Trophy Winner 2002
Agnes Nyakio
  • DoB: 19-12-96
  • Handicap: 6
  • Team Member: Pre-AACT, Zambia 2013, Malawi 2015
  • Windsor Ladies Open Winner 2015
  • Limuru Ladies Stroke play Championship Winner 2015
  • Golf Park Ladies Open Winner 2015
Kellie Gachaga
  • DoB: 02/05/2000
  • Handicap: 6
  • Team Member – Pre-AACT Malawi 2015
  • World Callaway Junior Championship, San Diego, Player
  • US Open Kids, North Carolina, Player
Mercy Nyanchama
  • DoB: 28/12/95
  • Handicap: 8
  • Team Member: G&P Team, Kenya 2013, Pre-AACT, Malawi 2015
Joyce Wanjiru
  • DoB: 24/02/87
  • Handicap: 9
  • Team Member: Pre-AACT, Malawi 2015
  • Kiambu Ladies Open Winner 2015
Rachel Chebukati
  • DoB: 12/08/92
  • Handicap: 11
  • Team Member: G&P, Zimbabwe 2015