Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Muthaiga to host All Africa Challenge golf

PHOTO | FILE Naomi Wafula follows her tee during training session in the past. Muthaiga Golf Club’s par 71 course will host the 2014 edition of the All Africa Challenge Trophy golf championship in June.

PHOTO | FILE Naomi Wafula follows her tee during training session in the past. Muthaiga Golf Club’s par 71 course will host the 2014 edition of the All Africa Challenge Trophy golf championship in June.  NATION

By LARRY NGALA
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Muthaiga Golf Club’s par 71 course will host the 2014 edition of the All Africa Challenge Trophy golf championship in June.

While announcing the venue, the chairman of the AACT Organising Committee, Dorcas Mbalanya who is also the immediate past chairman of the Kenya Ladies Golf Union (KLGU) said: “We are delighted that Muthaiga has agreed to host this prestigious event once again.  We must show off our country’s best golfing facilities and the golf course is in a championship standard.”

Mbalanya added that Muthaiga will also host the second fund raiser golf tournament on March 28, as KLGU engages in an active fund raising exercise to pay the hosting costs. Vet Lab hosted the first of four fund raising events being organized between now and June to raise funds for the event.

“Hosting an event of this magnitude requires funding from all our friends and we are encouraged with the support we have received to date from the golfing community in the country,” Mbalanya said. The All Africa Challenge Trophy will bring together the continent’s best lady amateur golfers.

Each country is represented by three players and a non-playing captain.  Using Eishenhower scoring, the best two scores per round count towards the daily team score in the 54-hole strokeplay format. Supported by the Royal and Ancient Club of St Andrew’s (R&A), at least 21 teams are expected on June 7, with the first round to be played on Tuesday, June 10 to Thursday, June 12 June. 

The AACT will be followed by the Kenya Ladies Open Amateur Strokeplay championship, a 54 hole medal at Royal Nairobi on June 14 and 15.Following the inaugural event in 1992 at Chapman Golf Club, Harare, Zimbabwe, the event has been to all corners of Africa – South Africa, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Egypt, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia.

And over the years, the AACT has grown in stature - from 12 teams to 24 teams in Botswana in 2012, thanks to the improvement in the standard of the game in Africa. South Africa has dominated over the years - with the exception of 2006 when the team trophy was awarded to Egypt.

The winner of the Best Junior player in Botswana was Kenya’s Naomi Wafula while her mentor, Rose Naliaka won the individual trophy in 2002. The Kenyan national team are the holders of the Gilberson & Page trophy, a triangular test match between Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe that was last played in Nairobi in 2013.