The hunt for points in the 2018 Kenya Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC) series moves to Mombasa for this year’s Coast Open, at the nine-hole Mombasa Golf Club course, along the sea-side Mama Ngina Drive in the island city of Mombasa.
The Coast Open, also known as Barry Cup, one of the oldest golf events in the country and the most popular tournament in the KAGC series (formerly Golfer of The Year), which marks its 99th year, is taking place exactly a week after the Limuru Open leg where Vet Lab Sports Club’s Robinson Owiti overcame a strong challenge from home players to lift the title.
Unlike last year’s event which saw 92 leading amateurs battle it out, only a field of 80 players was drawn for this weekend’s tournament which has attracted a battery of sponsors including title sponsors Resolution Insurance, Rex International and Car and General among many others.
Club captain Mark Mbua however said he was still willing to accommodation few players as post entries. “I will be most delighted to accept more names if there are some players who had not sent their names by the time the draw was being done," said Mbua.
“We have all the necessary arrangements to make sure the event runs smoothly no matter how big the field will be."
He said the course was in its best condition at the moment because of the on-going rains.
KISIA IN THE MIX
Leading the hunt for the historical trophy plus some points towards the KAGC series, will be defending champion Mike Kisia of Vet Lab who last year posted a two day total of 146 gross, to beat Muthaiga’s Anthony Irungu and Nyali’s Gurbux Singh by two shots.
In the absence of Kenya Amateur Match play and Strokeplay champion Daniel Nduva, Gurbux Singh currently playing off handicap four, will be leading the strong Nyali team of 22 players including two times Coast Open winner Mathew Wahome, youngster Agil Is-Haq, and the long-hitting George Munyao.
Those eyeing the trophy from the upcountry clubs besides defending champion Kisia, include the newly crowned Limuru Open champion Robinson Owiti, Limuru’s Paul Muchangi who lost his home title to Owiti narrowly, KAGC series leader John Karichu also from Limuru, Edwin Mudanyi of Vet Lab and Royal Nairobi’s Dennis Saikwa.
Most of the leading amateurs are drawn from noon, while action tees off from 7am on Friday.
Upcountry, at least 15 pros are drawn at Machakos Golf Club where the nine-hole course host the Konza Metropolis tournament which has attracted a field of 120 players.
The pros drawn include the long-hitting Dismas Indiza, who on Wednesday completed a four-rounds total of eight under par 280 to win the fifth and final leg of the “Road to Karen" series.