National Olympic Committee (NOC-K) has kitted Junior Golf Team ahead of their All Africa Junior Golf Team Championship, (AAJGC) that will be played in Cairo, Egypt.
The Palm Hills Golf club will be played between March 26th to April 1st and the kits were handed over by NOC-K second Deputy President Waithaka Kioni at the Muthaiga golf club.
The boys’ team comprises of Njoroge Njonge Kibugu (Team Captain) from Muthaiga Golf Club (18 years), Andrew Ngacha Wahome from Nyali Golf and Country Club (18 years), Krish Beiju Shah from Vet Lab Sports Club (15 years), Elvis Muigua Gatuhi from Kiambu Golf Club (18 years)
While the girls’ team embraces Alyssa Aly Jamal from Nyali Golf and Country Club (17years) Belinda Wanjiru from Vet Lab Sports Club (12 years) and Bianca Wamaitha Ngecu from Muthaiga Golf Club (13 years)
The tournament out in Egypt is prime as the Kenyan players will get ranked by the World Amateur Golf ranking.
“Thank you for investing in the youth, this is a demonstration that you’re on the right track. This is the future of golf. I’d like to thank the Ministry of Sports through the Cabinet Secretary Amb. Dr. Amina Mohammed for supporting sports activities and functions aiming to support Youth development in the county,” said Kioni.
Njoroge was the sole Kenyan to make the cut on day two of the Magical Kenya Open with a bogey-free 66 and he went on to win the amateur title at the event. His excellency the President of Kenya also announced he will sponsor the lad to go to Belgium’s Soudal Open to compete with the best from 12Th -15th May 2022.
Alyssa Aly Jamal from Nyali Golf and Country Club added that she was excited for the opportunity to represent the country in her first international tournament.
“This might just be the road towards my Olympic dream, I played in Vipingo and enjoyed myself so thinking that I can go to Paris 2024 or Los Angeles 2026 would be very exciting.”
The Golf Federation was represented by the Chairman Kenya Golf Federation Peter Kiguru, Vice chairperson Junior Golf Foundation Judy Wanjiku, Secretary Junior Golf Foundation Rachel Chebukati, Treasurer Junior Golf Foundation, George Karuri, Regina Gachora Trustee, immediate past Chairman Junior Golf Foundation Larry Ngala and CEO Kenya Golf Federation Vincent Wang’ombe.
“It’s gives us pleasure being kitted by NOC-K. This is the first international event we are heading out after Covid-19, it’s a pleasure to travel with the Kenyan colors to show patriotism. We have trained at Windsor and at Muthaiga Club. The course was prepared because of the Magical Kenya Open and has been tough, so as I lead this delegate to Egypt, I know they have trained adequately.” Said the Chairman of the Kenya Golf Union/Federation Mr Peter Kiguru who will be the lead of the delegate.
The delegate will travel on Saturday 26th March accompanied by the Chairman of the Kenya Golf Federation- Mr Peter Kiguru, Junior Golf Foundation Secretary Rachel Chebukati and the Golf Development officer Mr. Njuguna Ngugi.
Mr. Njuguna Ngugi has been training the team for the last two weeks and he reckons that the team is ready for the AAJGC.
The team will join 20 other participating Countries which include, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Benin, Nigeria, Mauritius, Uganda among others.
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