The Kenya Golf Union(KGU) has finally named a team of six amateurs who will take part in the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open.
This follows a pre-qualifying event held at Muthaiga on Monday, which attracted five off-scratch players and where Muthaiga’s Bhavnish Chandaria, a former chairman of the club carded rounds of 70 and 74 to emerge the leading qualifier.
The event was organized to fill in the slot for the junior player Kibugu Mutahi who does not qualify because of his handicap. Mutahi is currently playing off handicap two instead of the required scratch.
Chandaria now joins Kenya Open Amateur Strokeplay champion Daniel Nduva of Nyali, 2017 Golfer of The Year champion Edwin Mudanyi of Vet Lab, Royal Nairobi’s Dennis Saikwa and Tanzania and Uganda champions Victor Joseph and Ronald Rugumayo.
The open usual attracts a field of 156 players, 150 professionals and six amateurs. Over the last three years, one slot among the six amateurs has been reserved for the country’s top junior.
The six amateurs which the Union has nominated to participate are:
1. Edwin Mudanyi-Vet lab
2. Bhavnish Chandaria-Muthaiga Golf Club
3. Dennis Saikwa-Royal Nairobi Golf Club
4. Daniel Nduva-Nyali Golf & Country Club
5. Ronald Rugumayo-Toro Golf Club (Uganda)
6. Victor Joseph- Dar es Salaam Gymkhana (Tanzania)