“In Loving Memory”

26 06 2010

“Before all the hype about golf was generated, Kenya was already home to some very outstanding golf players. John Mucheru was one such personality. Over a period of 26 years he dominated golf circles, mesmerizing his peers with his dazzling brilliance and mastery of the game.” ~ European Tour ’98

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Kenya Golf Union – Site Dedication

15 11 2009

JOHN MUCHERU (1946 – 1996)

Young Mucheru had a small beginning as a caddie for white settler golfers at Limuru Golf Club. Being a humble and intelligent young man, Mucheru impressed the whites with his knowledge of the game despite not having the opportunity to play.

Fortunately for Mucheru a generous white man gave him some golf clubs enabling him to start playing. That, for him, was only the beginning of life time love affair with the game. Mucheru was among the first black Kenyans to play golf in Kenya among a majority of white settlers.

Since then, Mucheru began his championship of the game, winning several tournaments and eventually dominating the game playing off a scratch handicap….>>

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Kenya Amateur Champion – 1970, 71, & 72

28 06 2009

Kenya:  Giddie Wins At Karen to Retain Matchplay Title, Larry Ngala – 28 June 2009

Nairobi — Sigona Golf Club’s Ganeev Giddie displayed his 2008 form as he beat the plus one handicap Collins Omondi of Muthaiga Golf Club 5-4 in the 36-hole final match of this year’s Kenya Amateur golf Championship to retain his title at Karen Country Club on Sunday.

This was Giddie’s third back to back victory in the championship which makes only the third player to achieve that.

The late Kenyan legendary John Mucheru won it 1970, 71 and 72 while Royal Nairobi’s Haedeep Thethy now a professional clinched the title in 1996, 97 and 98.

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Coronation Trophy Winner – 1971

4 06 2009

93 drawn for Coronation Trophy, By LARRY NGALA,  June 4 2009

Action in the 18-event Kenya Data Networks Golfer Of The Year series switches to the 54-hole Coronation Trophy at the par 73 Nakuru Golf Club course this weekend.

A field of 93 was drawn for the event which, before past Kenya Golf Union chairmen Mike Harbage and Chris Kahara donated the Kenyatta Memorial Bowl for Kenya Amateur Strokeplay Championship in 1978, used to feature as the national strokeplay championship.

The Coronation and Bendor Trophy started in 1937 and has taken place annually save from 1940 to 1945. Jimmy Kahugu from Sigona was its first African winner in 1970, but he lost the title the following year to the legendary John Mucheru. David Kibisio held the trophy from 1979 to 1981 and has so far been the most successful local player.

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