The Safaricom Golf tour heads to Vet Lab for Penultimate round

The Safaricom Golf tour heads to Vet Lab for Penultimate round
Kanana Muthomi with Safaricom Crown after winning at the Air Force Golf Club

The Twelve-year-old Kanana Muthomi carded 41 points to claim the best Girl title last weekend at the Airforce outing, this being her second crown after also taking the top prize in the category during the fifth leg of the tour in Machakos.

The first season of The Safaricom Golf tour enters its penultimate leg this weekend with a visit to the Vet lab golf club in Nairobi. This will be the second last leg before the final leg at the Royal Golf Club ahead of the Grande Finale set for the first weekend of August at the Vipingo Ridge.

So far, the tour has traversed the Kenyan landscape as it lives to its billing of taking golf closer to the people. To date, over 7000 golfers have taken part in the different tournaments and clinics with organizers through a Safaricom and Junior Golf Foundation partnership targeting more juniors’ uptake of the sport.

Besides the wider outreach, the Golf tour has also given opportunities to many upcoming golfers to realize their potential especially through the successful junior golf clinics and tournaments held across Kenya.

One of such talents is Kanana Muthomi who has traveled with the tour playing in most of the junior tournament legs. Kanana’s dad, himself a sports enthusiast and administrator Robert Muthomi has lauded the initiative saying, “This is what Kenya needs across all sports platforms and disciplines. Starting our juniors young is the way to Kenya’s sports prowess and consistent dominance.”

Muthomi, who is her own daughter’s caddie adds that, “As parents we can only do so much to support our children towards their career paths, but you need partners who come on board to give you enough opportunities to play through tournaments. Sports, especially at the junior level needs more competition to support the 360 element of development and this includes the technical, mental and physical growth.”

The Twelve-year-old Kanana Muthomi carded 41 points to claim the best Girl title last weekend at the Airforce outing, this being her second crown after also taking the top prize in the category during the fifth leg of the tour in Machakos. 

At the 18-hole Vet lab course this weekend, 380 golfers have already registered for the corporate and junior tournament set for Saturday and Sunday respectively with a kids’ clinic also set up for Sunday.

The tournament comes just one week after Lieutenant Colonel Michael Mulwa won the 12th leg held at Kenya Airforce Base in Eastleigh. Last weekend’s action also featured a golf outreach programme dubbed “Golf Mataani” where youngsters from the nearby Mathare area got to learn about the game.

“As we near the close of our first season, I am delighted that the series has continued to have a huge impact on our young and aspiring golfers. I am equally impressed with the success of our golf outreach programme. The turnout has been impressive in all the regions we have hosted the programme, including the most recent one in Mathare. Those who attend the outreach programme receive some basic skills about the sport, and I am happy that a good number have shown great potential”, Said Peter Ndegwa, CEO Safaricom.

After Vet Lab, the tour heads to Royal Golf Club on 30th and 31st July for the final preliminary round and culminates with the Grand Finale scheduled for 6th August in Vipingo, Kilifi County.