Four local amateurs will be in the starting list of the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open at Muthaiga Golf Club from March 22 to 25.
According to the list released by the Kenya Golf Union(KGU), the four players will be Edwin Mudanyi of Vet Lab Sports Club, Daniel Nduva of Nyali Golf and Country Club, Mutahi Kibugu of Muthaiga and Royal Nairobi’s Dennis Saikwa.
Mudanyi emerged the 2017 Kenya Amateur Golf Championship(KAGC) series champion, while the South Africa based Nduva is the Kenya Amateur Open Strokeplay champion. The 16-year-old Mutahi Kibugu was included as the country’s top junior golfer while Saikwa was second in the 2017 KAGC series order of Merit.
Missing in the series is Kenya Amateur Matchplay champion Joseph Gathumbi. In his absence, the KGU has thus given the slot to the top Ugandan amateur while the sixth slot will go to the top Tanzanian amateur. The two foreign players must be playing off scratch and better during the Open.
A total of 156 players including the six amateurs will be battling it out at Muthaiga during the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open which marks its 50th anniversary this year with an increased prize fund of Euros 500,000 (Sh62.5m) which makes it the top and richest event in the 2018 European Challenge Tour series.
The overall professional winner will take home Euros 80,000 (Sh10,150,000) while the top amateur who will have to make the second round cut will receive the trophy and some World Amateur Ranking points.