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European Tour Tournament Director Paul Carrigill

All Set To Host The 2019 Kenya Open As Major Changes Take Shape

Nairobi, Tuesday, January 22, 2019: The Kenya Open Golf Limited (KOGL) has exuded confidence that it is set to host this year’s Kenya Open Golf Championship, with final preparations in top gear in readiness for Eastern Africa’s biggest golf tournament. The Kenya Open, which this year will be held at the Karen Country Club from the 14th to the 17th of March, will be joining the prestigious European Tour – in a move that will significantly raise the profile of the tournament while enhancing Kenya’s golf tourism proposition. Speaking during a course inspection by European Tour officials at the Karen Country Club today, KOGL Chairman, Peter Kanyago, said that the board is pleased with the progress it has made in preparing for this year’s tournament and that it is looking forward to host East Africa’s biggest golf tournament. “We are pleased with the progress which we have made to prepare ...
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Peter Kanyango and the Sports PS Amb Kirimi Kaberia

Kenya Open Attains European Tour Status

Nairobi, Monday, August 13, 2018: The Kenya Open Golf Limited (KOGL) has today announced that the Kenya Open Golf Championship has attained a European Tour status and shall, starting next year, join the prestigious global golf series that features international greats such as Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood among others. The 2019 Kenya Open Golf Championship, which will be held at the Karen Country Club from the 14th to the 17th of March, is expected to draw the interest of top golf talent from across the globe and further boost the country’s sports tourism offering as a result. While making the announcement, KOGL Chairman, Peter Kanyago, said that the attainment of the European Tour status grants the Kenya Open Golf Championship a larger profile which brings with it greater demands and rewards for all involved. “Today, I am pleased to announce that the Kenya Open Golf Championship, having been ...
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Lorenzo Gagli Lift Barclays Kenya Open Trophy T

Lorenzo wins Barclays Kenya Open 2018

Italian Lorenzo Gagli scored a dramatic Barclays Kenya Open title in a sudden death play off against Swedish player Jens Fahrbring, as day three leader and 2016 champion Sebastian Soderberg faded away to joint sixth at Muthaiga Golf Club course. Gagli and Fahrbring had tied on 11 under par 273 at the end of regulation play. Gagli who had started the day in the team behind the leaders, shot 3 under par 68 while the Swedish player Fahrbring posted 4 under par 67 to also finish the tournament on 11 under. The two hence went for the play off where after tying with pars in the first two holes, Gagli sparred as Fahrbring bogeyed the hole after firing to the water. Gagli won the first prize of 80,000 Euros while Fahrbring was placed in second place with a prize of 55,000 Euros. The winner had made four birdies and only ...
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Sebastian Soderberg Pix

Soderberg On Top After Day 3 And Seeks To Do A Double

Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg gave a clear indication of his intention for a second Barclays Kenya Open victory after a solid round of five under par 66 during the third round of this year’s championship at Muthaiga Golf Club. Thanks to his string of birdies and one eagle, Soderberg starts the final round on Sunday with a two clear shots lead from hot charging Germany's Max Schmitt and Philip Mejow. “I played a solid round today, which was propelled by a mid round eagle at the 10th. “ I actually didn’t think much of him(Max Schmitt), but focused on my round’’ said the 2016 Barclays Kenya Open winner. Should he  manage to bag the title, he will be the second player to win the championship both at Karen and Muthaiga Gold Clubs, following the footsteps of England’s Maurice Bembridge in 1968 at Karen and Muthaiga the following year. Soderberg collected his ...
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Max Schmitt of Germany

German Rookie Schmitt Takes Lead After Two Rounds

German professional Max Schmitt made a move to the top of the leaderboard with the day’s best round of six under par 65, to lead the surviving 73 players to the last two rounds of this year’s Barclays Kenya Open at Muthaiga Golf Club on Friday. The 19-year-old overnight leader  said he was very happy with his round though he felt bad dropping a shot at the par five-10th which, he considered an easy hole. He started the day by picking up birdies on the fourth and seventh, then birdied the 11th and 12th and 14th and 15th with the last one coming at the 17th, to lead with a two rounds total of 10 under par 132. “I am excited about the next two days, my start could not got better than it has been’’ said Schmitt who his making his first Challenge Tour appearance. He leads Norway’s Johannessen ...
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Kellet And Orrin Take Charge After Day One Of The Open

Two British players tied at the top of the leader board at the close of the opening round 2018 Barclays Kenya Open at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf club course on Thursday. Ross Kellett of Scotland was the first on the leaderboard with an impressive six under par 65 despite the course playing long. He was later joined by 23 year-old Englishman Max Orrin also 65 at the close of a stiff competition which saw over 72 players firing level par and better, meaning today's cut could easily be on under par scores. Kellett, 30, got off with a birdie at the par four-first, birdied the third hole before picking up an eagle at the fourth. He dropped one shot at the sixth, but an eagle at the 10th and birdies on the 11th and 18th holes was good enough for Kellett who remained at the top on his own ...
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The Wait Is Over But Who Will Carry The Day?

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 - It will be a battle-royale as the 50th edition of the Barclays Kenya Open gets under way at the "home of golf'' Muthaiga Golf Club course from 7am on Thursday. With a top prize fund of Euro 500,000, the richest in the 2018 European Challenge Tour series, this year's Open with a big government support, has attracted an all star field of 156 players. They will be vying for the top prize of 80,000 Euro (about Sh10 million plus a chance to qualify in the lucrative European Tour. Challenge Tour director Paul Carrigill, himself a former Challenge and Kenya Open player, says the event offers a great chance for whoever wins, to play in the European Tour next year if he can pick up some five or so top 10 finishes in the remaining part of this year's tour. "The prize money is good and hence ...
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The €89,400 Mercedes Benz

Mercedes Benz Prize For A Hole-In-One

Nairobi, Tuesday, March 20, 2018: A Mercedes Benz GLC 250 Coupe, valued at €89,400 (approximately KES 11 Million), is up for grabs at this year’s Barclays Kenya Open Golf Tournament for the player who successfully sinks a hole-in-one at the 13th hole of the par-71 Muthaiga Golf Club. The top-of-the-rangeMercedes sports, among other features,Google Maps with voice command, intelligent lighting, cornering light function which adapts to the road20 metres ahead of a corner and Pre-Safe Function which detects a collision and reduces impact of the collision, should it eventually happen. Last year, Oliver Lindell from Finland, sank the first-ever competitive hole-in-one at the Barclays Kenya Open Golf Championship to win a Ford Ranger WildTrak valued at KES 6.9 million.The Finn is back for this year’s tournament and will be fancying his chances over the period of the tournament at an occasion where many other players will also try their luck ...
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Frenchman Victor Riu Wins Final Qualifer

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 - It was a do-or-die contest with only three slots available for 33 top notch professionals and, in the end, it was the experienced Frenchman Victor Riu who carried the day. He fired six under par 66 to book his place at the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open slots in the pre-qualifying round at Vet Lab Sports Club. It was nail-biting finish for the final two slots with matters having to be settled through a six-way play-off and eventually sudden death featuring Sweden’s Niclas Johanson, Portugal's Pedro Figueredo and Mateusz Gradecki of Poland, after tying on three under par 69. Johanson and Figueredo sailed through joining Riu in the starting line-up for the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open that begins on Thursday at Muthaiga Golf Club. Niclas holed a birdie on the third hole, while Pedro parred at the fifth to claim the third position. Gradecki will however, ...
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Odhiambo, Mediratta And Kubwa Grabs Final Slots

Nyanza Clubs' David Odhiambo, Mohit Mediratta of Sigona and Muthaiga Golf Club's Jeff Kubwa bagged the last 3 spots for Kenyan Pros who will play at the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open next week. This now brings to 22 the number of Kenyan Pros who will be in action at Muthaiga Golf Club next week. They qualified after in the their successful outing at the PGK Masters at Muithaiga Golf Club where David Odhiambo carried the day. Despite the waterlogged Muthaiga course , Odhiambo fired one over par 72 for an aggregate of four under par 280. Mediratta shot level par 71 for for three under 281 while Kubwa carded also 71 for 284. The wet condition at Muthaiga appeared to have suited many of the players as majority returned 72 and better meaning that Kenya  may have a big number of players making the cut if the rains continues thus ...
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