Eldoret golfer Andrew Chelogoi has set focus on making the cut at the Safari Tour Series opening leg at the par 72 Vet Lab golf club ahead of the 2021 Magical Kenya Open golf championships.
After struggling in his first legs in Limuru and Royal as a professional golfer, failing to make cuts in all Safari Tour series he played, the former Eldoret golf club captain started a serious training in the coronavirus pandemic.
The immediate Eldoret Golf club chairman Chelogoi said he has been using the non-sporting period to train after turning professional golfer in October last year.
“I have continued with training. It about five months of training that entails running, jogging and stretching from Monday to Friday. I also play a tournament on Thursdays. I also go to Eldoret Golf club for chipping and putting. It is just fitness and trying to get the confidence,” said Chelogoi.
He said golf is all about mental confidence that he is struggling with even posting poor results while playing with local amateurs, and looking forward to gain that confidence when he plays with fellow professionals and a better his performance.
“The previous Safari Tour, I played about 8 games, missing the cut in all of them but it was the beginning and one of the main things that I have done is create some fitness on my side, which goes with the mental strength. I should do better than I did in the previous season,” he said.
With Safari Tour Golf series teeing off this Sunday at Limuru ahead of the 2021 Magical Kenya Open, Chelogoi said he wants to better his results on the course after playing a few successful amateur games on the course. He created a shooting range at the Eldoret Sports Club away from the Eldoret Golf club.
“I do train here after I created a golf range in the club that will help golfers in this region. The golf range is accessible. This will sharpen my skills and I come here at 6:45am, I joke around in ten rounds of 1.2km for an average 12.5km. I do the normal press ups, sit ups, stretches and other related exercises for about one and half hours,” he said.
He added that his training entail strength and agility, stability that translates into better shots.
“A m a bit struggling because we don’t have the standard golf course in terms of toughness in Eldoret, which is slow and most our events will be played in Nairobi where they have a better course. The greens in Nairobi are a bit fast and that is the biggest struggle we have as golfers from western Kenya.” He explained.