Kibugu leads Kenyan squad to African Junior Golf Championship

Kibugu leads Kenyan squad to African Junior Golf Championship

Kibugu starred at the Open, making the Cut on the final two days and went on to win the Amateur title on a course he has played in since he was six years old.

Kenya will be represented by six golfers at the All Africa Junior Golf Team Championship, (AAJGC) set for the Egypt Palm Hills Golf Course from from March 26-April 1.

Kenya’s team of six will be led by Teen golfer Njoroge Kibugu who was one of the top performers at the Magical Kenya Open will lead Kenya’s contingent to the tournament.

Kibugu starred at the Open, making the Cut on the final two days and went on to win the Amateur title on a course he has played in since he was six years old.

He now hopes to replicate the same form when he leads the Kenyan team to Egypt where he also has Andrew Ngacha Wahome from Nyali Golf and Country Club, 15-year old Krish Beiju Shah from Vet Lab Sports Club and Elvis Muigua Gatuhi from Kiambu Golf Club.

The girls’ team will be headlines by 17-year old Alyssa Jamal from the Nyali Golf Club and will also include 13 year old Bianca Wamaitha Ngecu from Muthaiga Golf Club and 12-year old Belinda Wanjiru from Vet Lab Sports Club.

“We’re going to play the best we can and hopefully bring back the trophy. It’s a different course, I haven’t seen it before but we’re hopeful of a great performance. I’m encouraging the team to focus together as a team as we aim for excellent individual performance,” said Kibugu.

Meanwhile, Nyali Golf Club’s Alyssa says 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.”

As they prepared to depart for Egypt, the team received a massive boost with the National Olympic Committee of Kenya handing over kits and equipment to the team of six.

“Thank you for investing in the youth, this is a demonstration that you’re on the right track. This is the future of golf,” Waithaka Kioni, the NOCK second vice president said.