Sigona Bowl gets amateurs’ Goty series rolling

The 2016 Golfer of The Year (Goty), Kenya’s national amateur Order of Merit series kicks off this weekend with the Sigona Bowl at Sigona Golf Club.

Thursday January 14 2016

Top amateur golfer John Karichu in action at the Kenya Amateur Strokeplay Championship at Limuru Golf Club on October 17, 2015. FILE PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |

Top amateur golfer John Karichu in action at the Kenya Amateur Strokeplay Championship at Limuru Golf Club on October 17, 2015. FILE PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By LARRY NGALA
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The 2016 Golfer of The Year (Goty), Kenya’s national amateur Order of Merit series kicks off this weekend with the Sigona Bowl at Sigona Golf Club.

The 54-hole strokeplay event sponsored by Kibo Sports Limited, a golf and general sports equipment distributors, marks its 57th year since it was started in 1959.

The tourney has attracted  a field of 102 leading golfers who will be battling it out for the Bowl, Goty points and World Amateur Ranking points.

Having won the Africa Strokeplay Championship qualifying event with an impressive score of five under par over 54- holes at the same venue, Vet Lab Sports Club’s 19-year-old Edwin Mudanyi will definitely be one of the players to watch this weekend.

Drawn with Elly Barno and M F Kimemia, Mudanyi will be out to prove that his five under par was not just a fluke.

GREEN BUMPY

During the qualifying event, most players complained of the greens being bumpy and hard to read. However the Sigona Bowl by the top event at the club and the national season opener, the club management must have prepared the course well and ready for the Sigona Bowl.

To challenge Mudanyi will once again be players like Railway’s Alfred Nandwa, Royal Nairobi’s Kenneth Bollo and Jay Sandhu, Limuru’s John Kariuki, international junior Agil Is-Haq and Muthaiga’s Jeff Kubwa who teamed up last weekend with John Gitonga to give his club the Nairobi District Foursomes title after seven years of waiting.

Goty champion John Karichu and Kericho’s William Odera who are also drawn this weekend, played poorly during the Africa Strokeplay Championship qualifying event.

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