Kenya’s top ranking golfers will be put to the test when they travel to Bujumbura for this year’s Africa Region Four golf championship, which runs from June 4-9.
Last year in Mombasa, Kenyan players failed to start among the top teams as Uganda beat Rwanda in the final match to clinch the title.
Over 200 golfers competed in the inaugural tournament, which brought together eight countries. East Africa is keen to market the area as a sports tourism destination.
In this year’s competition, only eight teams will be competing including hosts Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Seychelles.
The Kenyan team has Samuel Njoroge, Simon Njogu, Zubair Khan and Mutahi Kibugu.
National junior coach John van Liefland will be in charge of the team while Kenya Golf Union (KGU) vice chairman Anthony Murage will serve as the team manager.
“They are good players, who will be up against strong challenge in Bujumbura. We want to build on the team and hope the region will grow in the sport,” said Murage on Wednesday in Nairobi.
Liefland said he will use the Kenya Amateur Match Play Championship, which starts Thursday in Limuru Country Club to prepare for the championship.
Murage said the eight countries, who also participated in last year’s tournament, in Mombasa showed top play and challenged Kenya’s dominance since it was started years ago, then known as the East Africa Challenge Cup.