He is Deaf. Yes he is deaf but his deafness has not dampen his spirit of playing golf across the country and the world at large.
Isaac Makokha will this July represent the County at the Deaflympic Games to be staged in Turkish City Samsun that kicks off on July 18th to 30th.
Coming from Vet Lab Golf club, Makokha is the only deaf golfer in the country, who was selected to represent the country in the games with people living with hearing challenges. With this he will join basketball teams for both men and women, track and field athletes at the 23rd edition of the games in the European nation.
I met Makokha during the Coronation and Bendor golf meeting, the Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC) in Nakuru over the weekend and his performance was excellence.
With lack of sign language skills, I had to seek assistance from his brother Charles Odhimabo who assisted me throught the interview.
With his golfing skills, he says he was selected to represent the country at the coming Deaflympic Games through Kenya Golf Union (KGU.
“Selecting me to represent Kenya came as a good calling for me. I have been playing in KGU events across the country among other tournaments. And both at my club and other tournaments, I have been performing very well,” said Makokha during Coronation and Bendor Trophy in Nakuru over the weekend.
He tells me that he has been consistently involved in golf events that played a crucial role in his selection. And due to that honour, his ambition is to win gold at the Games.
The plus three handicap golfer always plays alongside his brothers Reuben Kubwa (vet Lab), Jeff Kubwa (Muthaiga), Charles Odiambo (Eldoret), Dennis Makokha (Eldoret), Makokha learnt golfing skills at a tender age when his father who was a reception at Eldoret golf club when they played using sticks and that consistence will now pay off once he steps at the Deaflympic Games.
“We used to practice playing golf by use of sticks. We used to cut trees and hit maize cobs and wooden sticks and that is how we learnt golf and that kept us within golf cycles that is finally paying off,” added Makokha.
In February, he won the Vet Lab Monthly which motivated him to improve on his skills.
“That win was so good for my career and so far golf has taken me to various places across the country. That has also motivated me and I work to my best to win the title for the country and myself to keep our national flag high. That is my target,” assured Makokha.
He promised Kenyans and golf lovers that he will be coming home with a title. Though faced with challenges of his golf kits, that has not dampened the spirit of training.
“As much as am doing my best, I lack best golf kits. If I can get the best golf kits, especially putter since mine is not in good conditions. I also want to undergo more training and lessons on tee shots will be great. I want to perfect my tee shot to be straight, then I will win any tournament especially Deaflympics title,” said Makokha.
Despite his condition, he says he is well received by fellow golfers and no intimidation has been shown basing on his shortcomings.
“I have good relationship with fellow golfers and the society at large. The people around me appreciate what I do. Everybody wishes me the best for my efforts and the society is happy about me. They even give me support in my life,” said Makokha adding that his career star has just started shining as his family is behind, promoting his career.
With the journey to Turkey, he wants to encourage other hearing impaired persons to join golf. He says the time he started, he told a few friends to join in the field but they refused. So his success will be good for them because he will train them.