Simon Ngige to take on 32 pros at Thika Sports Club

By Maarufu Mohamed: Thursday, April 11th 2019 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Golf
Thika Sports Club's home golf professional Simon Ngigi makes a swing.[Maarufu Mohamed, Standard]

Thika Sport’s home professional Simon Ngige is among 32 local professionals lined up for the third round of 2019 KCB Road to Karen Masters tournament at the par 72 Thika Sports Club tomorrow.

The two-day showpiece, which will see amateurs join the contest on the final day on Saturday, is among the five legs that act as a yardstick in the selection of Kenya team to KCB Karen Masters 2019.

Ngige, who was the top local golfer at last month’s 2019 Magical Kenya Open, has just arrived from Zambia where he took part in the Sunshine Tour’s Zanaco Masters. He is making his maiden appearance in the KCB sponsored series.

He is also expected to renew rivalry with veteran golfers that include Greg Snow, Jacob Okello, Rizwan Charania and Dismas Indiza.

“I am just back from Sunshine Tour in Zambia and I look forward to a good contest. We are glad that KCB Bank has offered us a platform to get into competitive golf in the run-up to Sunshine Tour Karen Masters,” said Ngige.

Other professionals expected to offer a stiff challenge in the chase for a share of Sh2 million prize purse include Thika’s trio of Sullivan Muthugia, John Komo and Sam Kamau.

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The KCB Road to Karen Masters teed off at Sigona on February 25 and the second leg was hosted at Nyali Club in Mombasa on March 30. The fourth leg moves to Nakuru on May 11 and the final qualifier set for June 15 at Royal Nairobi Club.

Each of the five Legs is used as amateur qualification rounds for the Karen Masters Pro-Am where six winners will be selected from each leg to participate at the Par 71 Karen Country Club on June 25-30. 


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