This is a positive development for the game of golf especially making it accessible to persons who would not manage to join a golf club or the private golf estates.
Hosts Kenya shine at the recently concluded EAC Golf Championship sponsored by Keroche Breweries. This was after beating Uganda in three tough matches for a maximum of eight points, to retain the East Africa Challenge Golf Championship title at the Great Rift Valley Golf Resort.
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Chairman Francis Okwara presents overall prize to Francis Kimani during Karen Challenge
Allow me to start by thanking the Kenya golfing fraternity through all the clubs and their officials for seeing it fit to elect me as chairman of the union.
I am humbled by the trust you have shown in me and I promise to give my best. I am sure that with your support; we will succeed.
I wish to thank our immediate Chairman, Mr. Alfred Kariuki for steering the Union to another level. Mr. Alfred Kariuki has without a doubt steered the committee with sober mind, humility and dedication, it’s for this reason that I request you to acknowledge him with a heartily applause. Thank you Alfred.
Ladies and gentlemen, we all know that the future of golf in this country is on junior golf. Just as in normal life a community without off springs is a doomed one. We do not have two choices if we want golf to prosper in Kenya, be it club membership, league matches or the national team. There is only one way to go – junior golf.
In view of this KGU in partnership with JGF will support and sponsor a golf series for junior competition for non handicapped juniors throughout the country in order to encourage our juniors and to tap talents. This is because a supply chain of juniors must be found and it’s not practically possible for the union to do this alone; we require the inputs of parents, clubs and the union including its subsidiaries. This is because if one of this links does not perform, all efforts will be in vain. Thus as golfers individually and collectively we have a duty to do. We intend to appoint Junior Golf Regional Representatives across the country so that the junior golf programs can be implanted. We also know that that these programs will need funding, we again have the ideas on how this can be done outside the main source of our funds which is our members, the ideas will be shared with captains and club officials so that there is ownership.
The Union is in negotiations with the National Stadia Management Board on the proposed development of Kasarani Public Golf Course. The signing of the memorandum of understanding will be done soon. We intend to call upon all clubs and corporates to support us in actualizing this.
We will also strive to have all the subsidiaries of the union work hand in hand.
We intend to engage Professional Golfers of Kenya so that we all pull together in making the game of golf be felt in sports arena.
As for the committee, we will continue with the same arrangement we had last year. Of course it goes without mentioning that a lot is expected of us and am sure all of us are equal to the task. For those who have been elected remember you will be servants of the golfers and be ready to serve diligently.
Last but not the least, may I assure you that as committee we will remain servants of the people and our satisfaction will only be derived from ensuring deliverables get to the golfer. We assure you of an efficient and transparent service that will be done with a lot of humility as opposed to dictatorship
God bless you all Asanteni sana.
INAUGURAL SPEECH BY FRANCIS OKWARA, Esq,
CHAIRMAN KGU DURING AGM HELD AT MUTHAIGA GOLF CLUB
Golf was last featured in the summer Olympics games official programme in 1900 and 1904 but the International Olympic body in 2009 decided to reinstate this event for the 2016 summer Olympics . The event will feature professional golfers, many of whom have expressed interest in having golf brought back as an Olympic sport.
As per the agreement reached between the union and the major sponsors Kenya Airways in the beginning of the KQ golf series 2011/2012 , the officials set aside KSH.500, 000 of the total 15 million shillings received for development purposes.
The half a million shillings package was donated to the Kenya golf foundation with an aim of implementing initiatives that would help in promoting golf among the underprivileged youth in the country as well as foresee the growth of junior leagues.
“In order to develop golf in the country, the players need to show intensive commitment and discipline. This should then be topped up with good leadership so as to bring up a generation that can compete in international tournaments and perform well just like we do in other sports such as Athletics,” stressed Gachoka.
Currently the junior league is already ongoing but it’s highly active during the school holidays. He further added that each registered golf club has a junior golfers program running.
Charan Thethy the chairman of professional golfers of Kenya (PGK) also echoed the need of strong junior leagues that will help in nurturing untapped golf talent which can later be promoted to the professional or amateur bodies .This he said will enhance stable continuity.
“Both the adult and junior golf programs are really important for the growth of the sport in the country. There will be no point to have an adult program without the junior one, this will only mean that we cannot tap new and upcoming talent. At the same time, the junior players need clubs in which they can graduate to when they mature in both age and skill,” said Thethy.
With all the development plans running as planned, the union is confident of forming a team that could represent the country in the Olympics come 2016.
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Managing Director for East and West Africa, Adan Mohamed said they decided to extend the sponsorship that was initially supposed to run up to 2013, so that the bank can make a meaningful contribution to the development of golf in Kenya.
The two year extension will see the total sponsorship kitty by the bank shoot up from 44 million to 80 million, with additional opportunities in the sponsorship of golf clinics and other activities at hand.
“Barclays has over the years demonstrated its commitment towards sports and we appreciate this opportunity to sponsor this premier golfing event in Kenya as an opportunity to further illustrate this commitment”, said Mr. Mohamed.
The tournament will be played at the Muthaiga Golf Club starting March 29th, 2012, with a host of professional players from Africa and the rest of the world expected to attend.
Mr. Mohamed added that they will retain some of the activities that characterise the Barclays Kenya Open, including the longest drive competition; which features players from leading clubs Pro Am and the premier family event on Sunday.
He explained, “I have been working on my drive over the past year, and I am confident that I will give the players from other clubs a run for their money during the Friday event activity”.
Mr. Mohamed said that the bank received recognition from the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK) in 2011, for the Best Sponsorship campaign.
Speaking during the launch event, the Chairman of the Kenya Open Golf Ltd, Peter Kanyago announced that plans to host a world-class Barclays Kenya Open event this year are at an advanced stage. “The course at Muthaiga Gold Club is in tip-top condition and we are hard at work ensuring that all the logistics are put in place as we draw nearer to the tee-off”.
Mr. Kanyago added that they are anticipating a good turnout of players (156 in total), and a similar surge in the number of those who will attend. He explained, “The profile of golf has continued to rise in Kenya, and there are now more players and enthusiasts who are keen to see how some of the best players in the world do it.”]]>