The Star (Nairobi)

21 December 2012

Kenya: Barclays Nakuru Show Pulls Over 100 Players

Over 100 golfers are expected to take part in the 8th round of Barclays golf circuit this weekend. The action brings together golfers from host club Nakuru, Njoro, Great Rift and Gilgil. Guest players are expected to battle it out for a slot in the Grand Finale of the series slated for February 2 at Karen.

While commenting on the highly anticipated game, Nakuru Club captain Karinga Wambugu said: "I am pleased to host the 8th Barclays leg at such a time as when we are approaching the festive season.

This is the best time to enjoy a stress-free game at our splendid course. I am happy to note that many players have already registered and they are eager for the challenge."

Wambugu said the course is one of the most challenging in the country and advised the players to keep to the fairways. "A smart golfer will need to stick to the fairways and he will certainly have no trouble because the fairways are well manicured and quite welcoming, thanks to our green keeper. A slight wrong turn would mean problems for any player. "

The club official revealed that the toughest hole on the course is hole 17, a par 3 with about 180 yards and has a long history in various competition.

He said it has the longest valley from the tee box to the green and it's quite intimidating. Hole 12, a par 4 is also tricky and will no doubt cause trouble for both long and short hitters.

The Barclays circuit will offer top 20 winners to compete at the finale during the 2013 Kenya Open Pro Am. With this being the last qualifying round to close the year, close to 130 players have already booked their tickets for the face-off. The contest will starts as early as 8am.

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