All set for Ad­dis duel next week

Kenya face Uganda, Tan­za­nia, Rwanda and Ethiopia in the 2016 East Africa Chal­lenge

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

ready to beat the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Uganda,” he said.

The re­gional chal­lenge event re­mains one of the most pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tions in East Africa. It was first played in 1999 in Kenya and it in­volves the mem­bers of East Africa com­mu­nity. The for­mat in­volves 4 rounds of golf with sin­gles, four­somes, four ball bet­ter ball and fi­nal sin­gles. Each coun­try has eight play­ers.

Else­where, de­fend­ing cham­pion John Kar­iuki from Limuru Coun­try Club and cur­rent Goty leader Ken­neth Bollo (Royal Nairobi) are among the male am­a­teur golfers headed for the 2016 Kenya Am­a­teur Stroke­play Cham­pi­onship start­ing to­mor­row at the par 72 Thika Sports Golf Course The 72-hole event, which counts to­wards the Kenya Golf Union Golfer of The Year (GOTY) se­ries and the world am­a­teur rank­ing, has at­tracted a field of 61 play­ers.

Karichu, who is the 2016 Karen Chal­lenge win­ner hopes to chalk up an­other vic­tory in the se­ries. Also drawn is hand­i­cap 5, Rishi Bali from Bom­bay Pres­i­dency Golf Club in Mum­bai. Other golfers eye­ing the tro­phy are in­clude youth play­ers Agil Is Hag, Daniel Nduva (Nyali) and Sig­ona’s Mo­hit Me­di­aratta.

Play com­mences with 18 holes be­ing played to­mor­row, 36 holes on Fri­day and 18 holes be­ing on Satur­day. The win­ner of the event will au­to­mat­i­cally get a slot to play in the Bar­clays Kenya Open 2017.

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