Kenyan junior golfers step up preparations for All-Africa Junior Team Golf Championship

GOLF Kenyan junior golfers step up preparations for All-Africa Junior Team Golf Championship

Abigael Wafula 21:48 - 30.03.2023

The continental event is set for April 15-21 in Kampala, Uganda.

Preparations for the All-Africa Junior Team Golf Championship set for Saturday 15 to Friday 21 April in Kampala, Uganda have intensified.

The team of seven is set to go into a ten-day high-performance training camp before action begins at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf club.

The seven include Lee Kimathi, Kris Shah, Junaid Manji, and Mikael Kihara representing the boys’ team whereas the girls include Belinda Wanjiru, Chanelle Wangari, and Audrey Gachora.

The Junior Golf Foundation trustee and also the head of the Africa Junior event sub-committee Vincent Mukiri revealed that they have been training the juniors on how to compete at the highest level.

“Our training involved coming here to the Muthaiga Golf Club and Vipingo Ridge for those in Mombasa,” said Mukiri,

Other than training, the junior golfers had a chance to interact with professional golfers from Kenya and abroad during the Magical Kenya Open Championship at the Muthaiga golf club.

The players undergoing training were given a free entry to the championship and access to the professional golfers.

“The professional golfers also came and talked to the juniors about their life stories and how they made it to the top. Some of our juniors are between 12 and 14 years and they have about five years to get there,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Junior Golf Foundation settled on the seven after whittling the list of the top 20 best junior golfers they had selected.

It was noted that from the list of 20, five junior players were unavailable for various reasons while 15 players went through three weeks of training.

The players were then required to play a qualifying tournament, the Muthaiga Open before the final squad was selected.