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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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Dismas Indiza

First 19 Local Pros For 2018 Kenya Open Named

Nairobi, Wednesday, March 14, 2018: Mumias Sugar’s Dismas Indiza, Windsor Golf Club’s Riz Charania and Thika’s Simon Ngige are among top Kenya professional golfers leading a contingent of 19 Kenyan professional golfers who have been confirmed to take part at this year’s Barclay Kenya Open Golf Championship at the Muthaiga Golf Club from 22nd to 25th March, 2018. The 19 are part of a total of 22 Kenyan professionals that the Professional Golfers of Kenya will submit to the Kenya Open. According to the Tournament Director, Patrick Obath, PGK carried out their qualification rounds and submitted the names. “The contingent of Kenyan professionals is selected by the PGK through their own criteria and they in turn send in the names,” he said. “So far the PGK has submitted 19 names and I am expecting another three names from them shortly.” Indiza, Ngige, and Charania, automatically qualified for the 2018 Barclays ...
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Sebastian Soderberg

Three Former Champions To Play This Year

The 2009 Kenya Open winner, Gary Boyd, 2010 winner Robert Dinwiddle and 2016 champion, Sebastian Soderberg (pictured), lead the contingent of foreign players expected to take part at this year’s Barclays Kenya Open Golf Championship next week. The three will lead a high-caliber list of entries by foreign players who have expressed interest to take part in this year’s tournament, and whose participation at the tourney is now awaiting ratification by the European Challenge Tour. Englishman Gary Boyd won the 2009 Kenya Open Championship with a total gross score of 13-under 271, which was a personal improvement from the previous year’s tournament where he had finished 5th with a round score of 6-under 278. Gary has also featured at the Kenya Open Championship in 2014, 2015 and last year where he finished 63rd. Fellow Englishman, Robert Dinwiddle, won the 2010 edition of the Kenya Open Golf tournament with a 12-under ...
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Jacob Okello

Fifteen Local Pros Qualify

Local pro golfers return to the par 71Muthaiga Golf Club this morning (Monday, March 12th) to battle it out for the PGK Masters which is the sixth leg and the last Kenya Open qualifying series. A total of 15 players qualified from the first five events held at Sigona, Muthaiga, Royal and Windsor. This means only three players will qualify in this week at Muthaiga to bring the number of Kenyan pros in the Open to 22 including Dismas Indiza, Simon Ngige, and Riz Charania who made cut in last year’s Open as well as Stefan Andersen who was given a wild card by the Professional Golfers of Kenya(PGK). According to the list released by the PGK, the 15 players who have already booked their way to Muthaiga for the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open are; 1. Alfred Nandwa 2. Brian Njoroge 3. John Wangai 4. David Wakhu 5. Jacob Okello ...
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Bhavnish Chandaria

Bhavnish Qualifies For Kenya Open

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, ...
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Nation Media Group Renews Commitment

Nairobi Monday 5th March 2018 – The Nation Media Group (NMG) today renewed its commitment to the Kenya Open Golf Championship, with a sponsorship deal worth KES. 4 Million towards the 2018 tournament, set to take place from the 22nd to the 25th of March at the Muthaiga Golf Club. This sponsorship deal stretches NMG’s partnership with the annual tourney, as the official Media partner, to 22 years. Speaking during the Cheque handover ceremony held at the Nation Center, NMG acting CEO Stephen Gitagama, expressed his company’s commitment to continue supporting the Kenya Open and the sport of Golf. "The Nation Media Group has once again renewed its commitment to support the Kenya Open by offering both advertising and editorial support in a bid to enhance coverage of the tournament. This goes to reaffirm the Group’s commitment to the Kenya Open Golf Championship, and, by extension, the general growth and ...
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