Voting Closed:

ON THE HOMESTRETCH

Top golfers face-off at Safaricom Tour grand finale at Vipingo Ridge

Among those looking forward to the tournament is Nakuru winner Kelvin Kiplenge, who believes the Tour has helped expose many players.

In Summary

• “I am proud to say that the introduction of the Safaricom Golf Tour has been a blessing to many, especially the young people who have been passionate about the sport but lacked opportunity and access," said Kiplenge.

• Since its launch, the series has drawn a total of over 9,000 participants, who have taken part in various tournaments, junior clinics and outreach programmes. 

Leo Gitonga tees off during the second leg of the Safaricom Golf Tour at Limuru Country Club
Leo Gitonga tees off during the second leg of the Safaricom Golf Tour at Limuru Country Club
Image: HANDOUT

Winners from the preliminary rounds of the inaugural Safaricom Golf Tour will take to the course in the tournament’s grand finale on Saturday morning at the Vipingo Ridge PGA Golf Club in Kilifi County.

Among those looking forward to the tournament is Nakuru winner Kelvin Kiplenge, who believes the Tour has helped expose many players.

“I am proud to say that the introduction of the Safaricom Golf Tour has been a blessing to many, especially the young people who have been passionate about the sport but lacked opportunity and access," said Kiplenge.

"The Tour has exposed many talents like me and many others. The tournament at my home club in Nakuru was the most historical in my ten-year golfing career. It was the first time that I scored an eagle, which contributed to my victory. I have been practicing regularly for the grand finale and I hope to bring the trophy home.”

Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa expects the grand finale to live up to the expectations.

“I am really excited about what our Golf Tour has been able to achieve. Through the spirit of 'Tuinuane' our series has been able to discover, nurture, lift and expose new talent from across the country," said Ndegwa.

"From what I have seen through our junior tournaments, I am confident that we have a great future as a golfing nation. I also believe that our finals at Vipingo Ridge will offer our finalists a great experience."

Since its launch, the series has drawn a total of over 9,000 participants, who have taken part in various tournaments, junior clinics and outreach programmes.

The Safaricom Golf Tour has been held in 14 golf courses across the country including: Nanyuki, Limuru, Muthaiga, Nyanza, Machakos, Eldoret, Karen, Nyali, Kericho, Kitale, Nakuru, Kenya Airforce, Vetlab and Royal Nairobi Golf Club.

Meanwhile, the winners of the junior tournament will have a chance to attend a three-day elite camp later in the year, conducted by Junior Golf Foundation in partnership with the US Kids Golf Foundation.