JOHN MUCHERU (1946 – 1996)
KENYA AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPION
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….>>
Mucheru went on to turn professional but due to the timely demands of professional golf and its low rewards in Kenya, Mucheru went back to amateur golf to enable him to spend more time with his family and in business. Mucheru left behind a family of six children, three boys, three girls, and a loving wife.
During Mucheru’s reign in Kenya’s amateur golf champion, he was a life member at several golf clubs where he left the course record. He captained the Kenya team in international golf competitions for more than fifteen years and was the amateur winner of the Kenya Open Golf Championship for five years. To date, Mucheru’s name appears on the winners boards of almost all golf clubs in Kenya.
Off the course in supports of the game, Mucheru set up a leading golf distributorship in the country to ensure a consistent supply of golf equipment.
No doubt the loss of John Mucheru was a great loss to golfing in Kenya as he inspired many golfers, including his young daughter Liza Mucheru and his sons James and Joseph Mucheru, to take up the game. His championship of his game was a challenge that encouraged golfers to maintain a high standard of golfing in Kenya. In his memory the JOHN MUCHERU MEMORIAL TROPHY competition open to golfers that meet the Kenya Golf Union requirements has been established. It will be held annually at the Railway Golf Club in Nairobi, where Mr. Mucheru was a life member and at one time the Clubs Green Keeper.
“To date, Mucheru’s name appears on the winners boards of almost all golf clubs in Kenya.”
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