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14 things you didn't know about Railway golfer Samuel Njoroge

GOLF By Ochieng Oyugi | March 21st 2021
Local Golfer Samuel Njoroge comes from a bunker during the Magical Kenya Open Tournament at the Karen Country Club on March 20, 2021. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

Railway Golf Club player Samuel Njoroge is the only Kenyan who made the cut at the 2021 Magical Kenya Open that concluded at the par 71 Karen Golf and Country Club in Nairobi on Sunday.

The 27-year old fired three under par 68 to proceed to the money bracket on total of two rounds of two under par 140.

The feat is set to earn him lucrative accolades from many sponsors including the Kenya Tourism Board, the Kenya Vision 2030 and the Kenya Breweries Limited who made pledges to the Kenyan team ahead of the European Tour event.

Here, The Standard Sport take a look at 14 things you didn't know about this trailblazing golfer.

1. He's a teetotaller

Njoroge neither drinks nor smokes.

2.Has a strong Christian background

Njoroge and all his family members have accepted Lord Jesus Christ as their personal saviour.

3.Loves nyama choma

Roasted beef is his favourite food.

He also loves mukimo (mashed potatoes mixed with grains and legumes).

"I love African food. I like to eat clean. Since I hail from home I prefer taking fresh food direct from the farm," he says.

4. Marriage is around the corner

Hey ladies, if you are back on the dating scene, just know Njoro is taken. Njoroge is dating someone's daughter. He plans to settle down at the end of this year.

5.First time at the Open as a pro

This is the second time Njoroge is taking part at the Magical Kenya Open, but the first time as a pro. He joined the paid ranks last year in October.

6.Born and raised in Njoro

The golfer went to school in Njoro, Nakuru County where he was born and raised. "All my primary and secondary education was completed in Njoro," says Njoroge.

 Njoroge in past action at Karen Country Club, February 26, 2021. [Mose Sammy, Standard]

7.Started golf at Njoro Country Club

Njoroge comes from a golfing family. He was introduced to the game by his older siblings who were members of the club.

Njoro Country Club has produced other Kenyan greats including Sullivan Muthugia Wangai, Simon Ngige, Richard Ainley, C.J Wangai among others.

8.Studied Business Management

Even though Njoroge has a diploma in Business Management, he shelved the idea of searching for a job to concentrate fully on golf, which he says has paid ten folds.

9.Loves to vacay in Mara

Maasai Mara is his ideal holiday vacation. "I will be headed there again this year.

"I love the flaura and fauna engulfing the place."

10. Mercedes is his dream car.

The 27-year old currently drives a Toyota but he looks forward to upgrading to Mercedes because he feels the latter is comfy and safer on the road.

11.He's a globetrotter

Because of golf, Njoroge is widely travelled and has visited some of the ideal locations in the world. He has gone to the Republic of Ireland, Nigeria, Qatar, Dubai, London, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa among others.

Njoroge works out on his tee-shots on the practice range, March 2, 2021. [Mose Sammy, Standard]

12. Dubai Creek and Emirates are his ideal golf locations

"The design of the courses is just picture perfect.

"The layout is out of this world.

"They are long courses surrounded by water panoramic."

13. Dreams to win a PGA event

Njoroge is putting more effort to step up his game because his dream is to win a Professional Golfers Association event and play the Masters at the Augusta.

14.He's the brother to C.J Wangai

Njoroge is the younger sibling to Kenyan team captain Chege John Wangai, popularly known as C.J Wangai. He is also the cousin to another golfing great Sullivan Muthugia Wangai.

Njoroge's Achievements

2018:Kenya Amateur Golf  Championship winner

2018: Nigeria Open winner

2019:Kenya Amateur Golf Championship winner

2020: Turned professional

2020/21: Made cut in 8 of the 9 Safari Tour events

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