All roads will be leading to the par 71 Seafront Mombasa Golf Club course on Saturday for the Kambasome golf tournament that tees off from 7.20 am.
Club Chairman Paul Munyao and Captain James Gitonga said yesterday that the daylong 18 holes stable ford tournament has attracted an estimated 180 golfers from the Coast and across the country to grace the occasion organized by the Kamba community with its origin from Mombasa known as the “Wakwitu”golfers.
“This event having been formed in Mombasa some years back is to Identify, promote and celebrate the Kamba culture while also identifying and strengthening the community,” said Munyao and Gitonga.
They said the day will be full of fun with Kamba traditional foods, dances and evening dinner by the seafront adding that the course will be challenging to golfers following the current ongoing strong winds blowing into the course from the nearby Indian Ocean waters.
“ But the course is in its pristine condition and we thank God because the current rains have made it green throughout , and we have acquired a tractor that has done a fantastic job,” said Munyao and Gitonga.
The Wakwitu Golfers Captain Joseph Kitema said many sponsors have come on board to support the tournament and that everything has been finalized in readiness for the tourney and wished all golfers a successful day.
“We expect prominent Kamba golfers across the Country among them Joseph Kitulu from Machakos Country golf club and Julius Musyoka from Dubai. It’s going to be a wonderful day taking us back in history to realize our full cultural backgrounds,”assured Kitema.
The event whose dress code will be yellow top and white bottom for both Men and lady golfers is being jointly sponsored by Munyao,Muthama & Kashindi (MMK) advocates,Wakwitu golfers, ports Sacco,Envasses Environmental Consultants Limited,Khushi Motors, Friends of Kambsome,Africa Bliss Travels Limited,Dala Dala and Pernod Ricard.
Apart from the sterling prizes lined up for the winners, the golfers will also be eying a chance in hitting a “hole in one” to walk home with a brand new latest V70 Volvo valued at Ksh.2 million.
According to the draw, the team of K. Njoroge, G. Kisaka,S. Mundia will be the first to tee off from 7.20 am and the last group will be the team of J. Mochanga, B. Chhabhiya, D. Mwangangi and S. Onsongo teeing off at 1.42PM.
Meanwhile top leading Amateurs will be extending their supremacy at the Nakuru Golf Club course for the Coronation Cup this weekend from 2nd, to 4th June.
This is part of the ongoing Kenya Golf Union’s (KGU) organized Kenya Amateur golf series featuring 26 events being played across the Country in its Calendar for the year with the last one to be held at Nyali Golf and Country club, Mombasa in December where the golfer of year will named and crowned.
KGU Chairman Philip Ochola said this weekend tourney will be special by also marking the British King Charles Reign and believe that the Championship will be an excellent opportunity for the Club to feature in a KGU calendar event with Country wide elite Amateur Golfers.
“The event is a 54 holes stroke play with plenty of prizes and a wallet prize money of Ksh.400, 000,”said Ochola.
Club captain Mathew Maiyo said there will be lots of fun seeing the Country’s great players and that the club was ready and thrilled to host the tournament.
“The course is in its excellent condition and the Club has finalized all preparations to ensure the success and comfort of the players,”said Maiyo.
Among the golfers in the event includes the National Team Squad headed to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the Annual Region IV Golf Championship from 5th-11th June 2023 that is composed of Mike Karanga, Dennis Maara, John Lejirma and Junior Golfer Elvis Muigua.
The team will not only take on the Prestigious Nakuru golf course as their last practice session for the big task in Ethiopia, but would also be battling out for the most coveted Coronation Trophy and a cash prize sponsored by NCBA Bank, Eabl, and Moi University.
Other notable contestants are Senior Nakuru Club Golfer Luther Kamau and junior lady golfer Channelle Wangari from Vetlab Sports Club.
The tournament also qualifies for World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and Kenya Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC) Ranking and the battle for the Club of the Year Trophy (COTY) continues with the leaders Kiambu Golf Club sending a delegation of 6 golfers who are committed to take the top points and extend their lead.