Kenya’s Deaf golf representative player Isaac Makokha has stormed to the quarters of the ongoing Deaflympic Games in Brazil.
At the same time, the Deaf Golf Federation are in advanced stages of plans to introduce the game among Deaf ladies and children.
Kenya Golf Deaf Federation president Daniel Ogembo announced on the sidelines of the team stroke play where Kenya was represented by star Isaac Makokha, Gilbert Alikula while Adan Wario dropped out because of injury.
Ogembo who spoke at the Caxias Do Sul Golf Course said: “When we go back to Kenya, we want to start a program for the ladies. Right now, we only have men here, we feel like it is important to include ladies so that next time we have more ladies becoming golfers,” Ogembo said.
“We need gender balance because some countries have brought ladies. This competition has been a learning experience.”
He added: “We want to start a training program for junior Deaf golfers and we are going to partner with some schools.”
His sentiments were echoed by coach Vincent Wang’ombe who is also the Kenya Golf Union’s chief executive officer. “We need to get more Deaf golfers playing this game.”
“We want Deaf children to start playing while young. We have started a program with Isaac to train Deaf children,” added Wang’ombe.
Unfortunately, Wario pulled out of the competition due to injury while Alikula was eliminated after stroke play.
Makokha advanced to the quarterfinal stage which will be now match-play to the end of competition.
Wario suffered a deep cut on the finger on the last day of training before the first round of competition.
He pulled out of competition in hole 14 due to excessive bleeding after the wound opened up.
Wang’ombe and Wario backed Makokha to win a medal for the country.