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Kenya team in Quarters at AfricaRegion Five championships

Kenya’s team put up a spirited fight to finish third overall in the 18-hole stroke play qualifying round, thus earning a place in Thursday’s quarter finals of this year’s Africa Region 5 Golf championship at the par 72 Nkana Golf Club course.

And team coach and his captain were happy for the results, a better performance compared to last year’s in Swaziland. “It’s a tough course but we did our best to make sure that we don’t drop too many shots’’ said team captain Alfred Nandwa who shot five over par 77 while Edwin Mudanyi and John Karichu carded 78 each. The best round for the team came from the new comer in the Kenyan team Samuel Njoroge who fired three over par 75. “Our target was to get into the top division which gives us a chance to play some of the top teams like South Africa A side which topped the A division of eight teams’’ said team coach John van Liefland. Only one team from each country in the Region 5 countries qualified for the A division. The eight teams in the top division are South Africa A, Zambia A, Kenya, Swaziland, Namibia, Uganda, Zimbabwe A and Botswana. The South Africans led the group after Luca Filipi’s 74, Marco Steyn’s one under par 71, Kyle McClatchy’s level par 72 and a 75 by Christo Lamprecht one of the two juniors who also represented South Africa during the Junior Championship in Zimbabwe. The South African B team which will lead the B division teams did not play that well as the best score was a 73 by Franklin Manchest and Steyn Rous. The other two players Aneurin Gounden shot 77 and the only black in the team Siyanda Mwanda carded 78. But back at the A division, South Africa A will take on Botswana while Zimbabwe A was drawn against Swaziland  and Kenya will meet Uganda with the last match in the quarter final being between Zambia A and Namibia. Teams in B divisions are South Africa B, Zambia B, Zimbabwe B, and Angola A and B teams. The format for the quarter final matches will be one foursome and two single matches, a format which many countries are still unhappy with as they claim it does not give countries a chance to play against each other as was the case in the previous format of singles, foursomes and fourball better ball and final round singles. Teeing off for today’s matches are set for 8am.

Courtesy Edwin Mudanyi

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