Machakos ‘BROWNS’ to host second leg of Barclays 2014/2015 circuit

The Kenya Golf Union Chairman Francis Okwara watches as Zahida Mustafa, the BBK Consumer Banking DIrector attempts to putt. Over 2,800 amateur and professional players will participate in the BBK Golf Circuit in the next seven months in preparation for the 2015 Barclays Kenya Open.

The nine-hole Machakos Golf Club will play host to the 2nd leg of the Barclays Golf Circuit this weekend.

Over 120 golfers drawn from Moi Airbase and hosts Machakos will tackle the par-72 course in a bid to secure a slot in the Barclays Kenya Open pre-qualifiers early next year.

Club Captain Charles Nzuki said holes seven and eight will likely tilt the table in favour of locals, who are familiar with the course.

“The locals, who have been playing on this course are likely to capitalise on the complexity of those two holes. However, the course is in good form and thus we expect a savanna experience,” he said.

Stephen Kihumba and Rosemary Wangui scooped the top positions in the first leg of the circuit held at the Nakuru Golf Club, with 40 and 39 points respectively.

More than 2,800 amateur golfers are expected to participate in the 7 month countrywide tournament, which will see 20 winners secure slots in the coveted Barclays Kenya Open PRO AM 2015 tournament next year.

Barclays Bank of Kenya has sponsored the tournament for the third year running, contributing KES 85mn towards the its organization.

The bank will also host professional golfers to two legs of four days of golf as part of their practice ahead of the prestigious Barclays Kenya Open, which will take place at the Karen Golf Club in 2015.