• September 17, 2021

    Golfbiz-Business- MultiChoice Showcase leads the way in Local content;

    And won’t slow down to deliver Amazing African Entertainments;

    Nancy Matimu.[Courtesy,Golfbiz]

    Golfbiz.[Golfnewslinks];

    Friday, 017th, September, 2021;

    This year 2021 might be slowly coming to an end, but MultiChoice is not slowing down in its approach to deliver amazing African entertainment.

    On the contrary, they are speeding things up to help you beat the end of year slump and give its Customers a quick break from reality when needed.

    MNET East and Southern Channel, Timothy Okwaro said, “Growing our ever-expanding list of local content, we have added two brand new channels to our line-up. Maisha Magic POA (DStv Channel 144) has been tailor-made to give viewers access to even more exhilarating, locally produced content. It will feature shows such as Kapuni and Huba in addition to name just a few.”

    “For movie lovers, we have Maisha Magic Movies (DStv Channel 141). This channel has been curated with Ugandan, Kenyan and Tanzanian audiences in mind, working alongside local producers in these regions to bring you the best content. This means that we are able to produce and share world-class content that meets your unique needs, “said a statement from MultiChoice Kenya.

    It added,”DStv and GOtv are the go-to platforms for Pan-African content, and we make sure we have something for everyone. Our content not only resonates with everyone but covers the West, East and South parts of the continent.”

    Entertainment from the East;

    If you’re in East Africa Mambo Moto (DStv Channel 140) should already be on your radar. The channel features Swahili dubbed content, with international favourite First Run Films sharing must-watch content with us.

    Maisha Magic East (DStv Channel 158 & GOtv Channel 4) is another crowd favourite – you can catch Pete, Selina and Date My Family Kenya right here.

    As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also Maisha Magic East Plus (DStv Channel 163), Pearl Magic (DStv Channel 161), Pearl Magic Prime (DStv Channel 148) and Maisha Magic Bongo (DStv Channel 160). Some of the shows to look forward to are: Kovu (Maisha Magic East Plus), Prestige (Pearl Magic) and Danga (Maisha Magic Bongo).

    Of course, Africa is a place of unity, and nothing brings it all together quite like one of our newest channels, Honey.

    You can get your dose of reality with Nigerian media personality, Toke Makinwa on Talk with Toke Makinwa or unleash your inner detective with the Drum Crime Series which shares real-life crime stories.

    For the drama lovers out there, season 2 of Pastor Wives is available and is sure to be packed with the craziness you have come to expect from the show.

    International influence to offer a complete entertainment experience;

    Of course, we’ve also got all the international content you need to bring Hollywood into your home at the flick of a switch.

    Plus, there are our pretty awesome party channels like BET, Moja Love and Zee World to make sure that whatever you feel like watching, we’re able to deliver.

    When it comes to the world of entertainment, we thrive on bringing everything together for relaxing after a long day, bonding with the family over your new favourite show, or keeping up with the latest on-screen drama, everything is right where you need it to be.

    No-fuss. No hassle. Pure bliss.

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  • September 17, 2021

    Golfbiz-Business- DStv and GOtv has an Exclusive Action-Packed Sporting Line-Up for 2021-22;

    This was revealed at the MCShowcase21 in Nairobi, Kenya;

    Golfbiz Writer. [Golfnewslinks];

    Friday,017th,September,2021;

    Customers of DStv and GOtv look forward to an exclusive, action-packed sporting line-up for the remainder of 2021 and into an exciting 2022, with SuperSport and ESPN bringing unbeatable coverage from the world’s top sporting events.

    The vast sporting offer was outlined at the annual MultiChoice virtual content and product showcase which was held in Nairobi on Friday, 017th, Sepember, 2021.

    The key highlight and revelation of the day was undoubtedly the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar running from 21 November to 18 December 202.

    That’s 64 matches in prime time, all live on SuperSport plus a unique offering array of highlights, historical footage, news updates and feature pieces with notable analysts and commentators.

    And while the build-up to Qatar 2022 continues, DStv and GOtv brings you the best football action from around the globe, including the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup and more.

    The football variety even extends to the Major Soccer League, Turkish Super Lig, Eredivisie and Scottish Premiership, all of which feature on the two ESPN channels, which also provide action from the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Football League (NFL), with a major the highlight the Super Bowl set for 14 February 2022 at the SoFi Stadium in California.

    With the joy of the recent Olympic Games still fresh in our hearts and minds, another major upcoming highlight is the 2022 Commonwealth Games from Birmingham in England in July and August. With over 5,000 athletes from 72 nations including stars from African countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and others, the Commonwealth Games are always a celebration of competition, unity and humanity.

    But cricket lovers don’t have to wait until next year for global showpiece tournaments, as there is one just around the corner, the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from 17 October to 14 November, with 16 teams playing out 45 thrilling short-format matches.

    DStv and GOtv viewers also enjoy unrivalled coverage of rugby, tennis, athletics, golf and the best motorsport, including Formula 1 and MotoGP, while SuperSport will continue to look out for boxing fans by securing the very best fights, as we have done in the past, with boxers like Deontay Wilder, Canelo, Tyson Fury and Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao.

    SuperSport is also thrilled to put the spotlight on Africa’s own UFC champions: Francis Ngannou, Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman, who are all true warriors in the Octagon.

    And if you are in the mood for something more theatrical, then the WWE Universe offers drama like no other, with weekly live airings of Raw, SmackDown and NXT, features, magazine shows and monthly Pay-Per-View specials ,all headlined by WrestleMania 38, which will be held in Arlington, Texas in April next year.

    As producers of African content that resonates with its people, the next step on this journey is the launch of SuperPicks, powered by BetKing.

    SuperPicks is SuperSport’s own free-to-play sports predictor platform that gives punters the chance to win a life-changing amount of money every week by correctly predicting the scores of six football fixtures.

    SuperPicks launched in Nigeria on 7 August and will be making its way to other African markets in the future.

    Viewers on DStv and GOtv enjoy an unrivalled selection of sporting action from around the world by Visiting, www.dstv.com and www.gotvafrica.com to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement.

    And while you’re on the move, you can stream the action on the DStv App.

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  • September 17, 2021

    Golfbiz-Business-MultiChoice Showcase an exclusive glimpse into what’s in store for the exciting future;

    The event set the stage for the leading broadcaster to exhibit their latest development and shares an exclusive glimpse into what’s in store for the next few months;

    Nancy Mat, Managing Director MultiChoice Kenya shares a light moment with Maqbul Mohammed (left) and Carol Radull during the MultiChoice Kenya Content Showcase that was held at Local Productions Limited on Thursday 16 September.[Courtesy,Golfbiz]

    Golfbiz Writer.[Golfnewslinks];

    Friday, 017th, September, 2021;

    MultiChoice Showcase held in Kenya, gave key entertainment, technology and business stakeholders and customers a front row seat to the product and content offering in store for DStv and GOtv customers in the coming months.

    MultiChoice Africa believes in the power of entertaining and telling stories conveniently, not only to touch people’s lives but to celebrate African talent and creativity from all corners of the continent. This was keenly displayed through the various content and product updates which were presented at their latest showcase.

    The event set the stage for the leading broadcaster to exhibit their latest development and share an exclusive glimpse into what’s in store for the next few months highlighting that their local investment and ever-evolving product offering has ensured that their platforms continue to keep the African creative economy growing.

    Nancy Mat, Managing Director MultiChoice Kenya shares a light moment with Maqbul Mohammed (right) and Carol Radull during the MultiChoice Kenya Content Showcase that was held at Local Productions Limited on Thursday 16 September.[Courtesy,Golfbiz]

    MultiChoice Kenya Managing Director, Nancy Matimu said, “It’s that time of year again when we celebrate our unique strength as Africa’s Most Loved African storyteller, and remind viewers that everything we do, from curating series and movies to offering innovative products and experiences, is done with the core intention of enriching the lives of viewers through entertainment. Our dedication to providing the best in local and international entertainment on innovative platforms drives us in all that we do,”

    Exciting new channel additions showcasing local talent;

    Over the past year Multichoice has launched new local channels across the continent with Akwaaba Magic in Ghana, Abol TV in Ethiopia, Pearl Magic Prime in Uganda as well as a once-off pop-up channel to celebrate Africa Month.

    The most recent to have joined the list of new channels are Maisha Magic Poa and Maisha Magic Movies.

    On Wednesday 1 September, Tanzanian channel Maisha Magic POA (DStv Channel 144) launched. This channel is tailor-made to give customers access to even more exhilarating, locally produced content.

    It’s a game changer when it comes to Tanzanian television and features iconic shows, such as Kapuni, Sarafu and Huba.

    The channel will also be used to launch the much-anticipated talk shows Ni Yeye and Salama Na.

    Another new addition to the East African MultiChoice family is Maisha Magic Movies (DStv Channel 141).

    The content has been sourced with Ugandan, Kenyan and Tanzanian audiences in mind.

    The channel’s team has worked alongside local producers in these regions and are continuously grooming and mentoring creative to produce world-class content that resonates with the cultural nuances of the market.

    Something for everyone in Africa;

    The carefully selected content caters to the unique tastes of the markets in which the Pay TV provider operates, virtually across the continent.

    Wherever viewers are in Africa, there is a range of DStv and GOtv content that appeals to each region and that is the direction in which upcoming content will continue to go.

    Added to the specific regional content cherry-picked and produced for audiences for the various regions, DStv also offers a uniquely African channel which caters to a continent-wide audience. When it comes to pan-African content, HONEY (DStv channel 173) the standout channel on many watch lists across the continent which launched earlier this year promises a very exciting line-up for the coming months.

    Adding clarity and even more value to local channels;

    As of Thursday 26 August, eight local channels were upgraded from Standard Definition to High Definition at no additional cost to DStv customers.

    Viewers with relevant decoders can now experience an improved viewing experience for channels including Africa Magic Urban and Epic, Akwaaba Magic, Abol TV, HONEY, Pearl Magic Prime, Maisha Magic Bongo, and CNN.

    Fhulufhelo Badugela, newly-appointed CEO of Multichoice Africa Holdings, said that over the next year Multichoice Africa will continue investing in local talent and channels adding that keeping our audiences entertained with content that they can relate to is critical to the success of Multichoice: “This ultimately has a direct impact in changing the lives of people in the countries we are operating in,” she said.

    Ramping up on international flair;

    First-class, international entertainment has an important role to play in the lives of any movie and series lover and the showcase event also shone a spotlight on some of the best content the world has to offer.

    Upcoming pop-up channels accommodating niche tastes of international movies are in store for the very near future including MNet Movies Lethal Legends, and Hollywood’s Sexiest.

    Meeting the needs of a diverse market;

    DStv and GOtv, come in a wide range of package options to ensure that budget does not determine accessibility to great content.

    The event reinforced the variety available from entry level options such as DStv Access, which features over 100 channels, to Premium which provides a full bouquet of all of the content available and the many add value benefits such Showmax at no cost. On the GOtv platform, it was revealed that customers can look forward to a fifth general entertainment package GOtv Supa, adding even more variety.

    Movie fanatics will be in for a treat as Multichoice introduces Movie Add On, a new functionality where consumers on any DStv bouquet will have the option to add additional movie channels to their existing DStv packages at a fraction of the price.

    Making content available to consumers no matter where they are;

    Living in the digital age means never having to miss your favourite shows or movies again. Aligned to this current reality, and never missing a beat, DStv, in addition to their streaming offer online and on the immersive app, will also be launching a new streaming service that will be formally announced soon.

    Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment and Connected Video at Multichoice said, “We are committed to growing the Multichoice Africa business as we have seen the benefits it brings into the communities. Our online streaming strategy has also continued to give African viewers more choice particularly as the streaming products were developed specifically for the African market.”

    The event also evidenced their how the business has been able to enrich young African lives through MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF). 

    The MTF program has empowered young creative to develop their talents in film with many graduates now providing content for DStv and GOtv and owning production companies which produce content for M-Net channels and Showmax.

    These are just some of the exciting channels and shows that consumers of DStv and GOtv  have to look forward to as the business continues in its commitment to look for ways to create more value for customers and bringing stories from across the globe to Africa as well as showcasing the best of what African storytellers can do.

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  • September 17, 2021

    Golf-International-Dutch Open Golf Championship tees off in Netherlands;

    This will be at the Bernardus Golf Club in Cromvoirt from 16to19th, September 2021;

    Golfnewslinks Writer;

    Friday, 017th, September, 2021;

    SuperSport viewers on DStv can look forward to seeing all the action from the Dutch Open at the Bernardus Golf Club in Cromvoirt, the Netherlands from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th September 2021.

    SuperSport is the ultimate destination for Golf fans, with an unparalleled selection of action from around the world.

    Established in 1912, the Dutch Open returns in 2021 after being cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The last edition, known as the KLM Open, was held in 2019 and won by Spaniard Sergio Garcia.

    Fans will be present at the Bernardus Golf Club.

    “We are following the advice of the Dutch government and that looks very good at the moment. As it looks now, it will be possible to organize a successful, attractive and safe tournament in September 2021 with all our visitors. Of course, this will be with due observance of the measures in force at that time,” said Tournament Director Daan Slooter. 

    Garrick Higgo of South Africa.[Courtesy,Golfnewslinks]

    He added that the Dutch Open will boast the talents of South Africa’s Garrick Higgo and Branden Grace.

    Branden Grace of South Africa.[Courtesy,Golfnewslinks]

    “In addition, we were also able to sign up Garrick Higgo. A year ago, Higgo was still number 190 in the world. The South African is now 39th in the world ranking and has already won two European Tour events and a PGA TOUR tournament this year, “said Grace.

    Joost Luiten, ambassador of the Dutch Open, will also be in the field.

    The champion of 2013 and 2016 regularly plays at Bernardus and is looking forward to his home tournament.

     “I hope it will feel like coming home to a new course this year. I want to perform again, give some extras for the home crowd that can be present at tournaments again, “said Luiten.

    The field will also feature Nicolai Hojgaard, who is fresh from winning the Italian Open a week after his twin brother Rasmus won the European Masters.

    “It’s crazy,” said the Danish player after his victory in Rome.

    “I’ve been through every emotion in my body and brain. It’s what I’ve been working hard on all year and all my life.”

    The Bernardus Golf Club features a 7,042 yard par 72 course.

    The purse for the Dutch Open is €1million.

    No rival can compete with SuperSport’s coverage. Our viewers on DStv can see all their favourite golf stars dominating courses across the world.

    Visit www.dstv.com to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement and while you’re on the move, you can stream matches on the DStv App.

    Dutch Open broadcast details; All times CAT;

    Thursday 16 September-13:30: Day 1-LIVE on SuperSport Golf;

    Friday 17 September-13:30: Day 2-LIVE on SuperSport Golf;

    Saturday 18 September-15:00: Day 3-LIVE on SuperSport Golf;

    Sunday 19 September-13:00: Day 4-LIVE on SuperSport Golf

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  • September 12, 2021

    Golf Biz-Business-AEC Kenya to offer full service business consulting in Mombasa;

    This is to network with entrepreneurs to successfully develop, operate and expand their enterprises for increased profit and job creation in the Region;

    Former Mombasa Golf Club Chairman Wildred Achila (2nd left) with fellow golfers Fidelis Odumo,Tola Amani,and Clifford Tolo during the AEC golf tourney at Mombasa Golf Club Course.[Golfnewslinks]

    Golfbiz writer. [Golfnewslinks].

    Sunday, 012th, September, 2021;

    AEC Kenya will offer full-service business consulting in Mombasa, explicitly focusing on developing the skills, abilities and networks for entrepreneurs to successfully develop, operate, and expand their enterprises for increased profit and job creation in the region. 

    This was disclosed by AEC Kenya Managing Director Job Matseshe  during an evening  Prize  Giving  ceremony  at the  Mombasa Golf Club House  in Mombasa County on Friday,010th,September,2021;

    AEC Kenya  had sponsored a Club Nite Golf tournament  that attracted 100 golfers  at the  Club’s  sea- Link par 71  Course after sponsoring a similar one at the  Nyali Golf and Country Club  also in in the County.

    Matseshe said as a solutions-oriented, global leader in creating jobs and improving lives, AEC seeks to deepen its impact in Mombasa and work with more entrepreneurs.

    “Through finance advisory, taxation support, digital platforms, e-commerce and assisting business growth through sales and marketing, AEC Kenya brings opportunities to SME entrepreneurs’ families and their communities, “said Matseshe.

    He said the African Entrepreneur Collective (AEC) is one of three organizations that has been chosen by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) to support 100 women-led small businesses in East Africa. 

    “Selected businesswomen will receive skills workshops, consulting services, networking opportunities, and direct access to financing for their companies, “said Matseshe.

    He said AEC was selected from more than 250 applicants based on their commitment to address the challenges that women entrepreneurs face. 

    “ANDE will provide funds to AEC from the Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund, as part of a four-year project to advance women in business,”noted Matseshe.

    The Managing Director further pointed out that AEC will offer its program of advisory and finance to 25 women-led businesses in Mombasa, plus an additional group in Rwanda.

    “The funding is aimed at increasing the success of women’s businesses, supporting their ability to create more jobs and contributing to positive economic and social impact in the Coastal Region, “said Matseshe.

    He thanked the  Golfers  for turning  up in large numbers  to make the event successful and promised AEC Kenya  will continue  supporting  Golf sporting  in the Region  to up lift  the standard  of the  Sport.

    Lady Golfer Petronila Kalee follows her shot during the AEC Kenya Golf tourney at Mombasa Golf Course.[Golfnewslinks].

    The Mombasa Golf Tourney was for the 18 holes won by Caroline Munyi on 66 nett while Maj.Epapra on 69 nett and Tirus Githaiga on 73 nett were the runners up and third placed respectively.

    Martin Ombura won the Guest prize with 70 nett. 

    James Gitonga  carded 31  nett  to win the nine holes category while Clifford Tolo   was  the  runners up  on a count back score of 33 nett after tying  on the same score with third placed Christine Kinyeru.

    Harshimran Kaur playing off handicap 9 won the Guest prize on 33 nett.  

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  • September 7, 2021

    Environment-KPA Estates going Green;

    As it partners with a landscaping Ollreggy Investments to plant more than 100 trees around its Estates;

    KPA’s Paul Mwaka,flanked by among others Ollreggy Director Regina Kithuku (2nd left) and workers assists the “Asian ” Estate Chairman Chrispin Makhoha in planting a tree during the exercise.[Golfbiz}

    Golfbiz Writer. [Golfnewslinks];

    07th,September,2021;

    Kenya Ports Authority (KPA)  plans  to  go green  after partnering  with a  Land scaping “Ollreggy” Investments Company to plant more than 100,000  tress around  its Estates  in  and around  Mombasa.

    KPA’s Enviromental, Compliance and Enforcement Officer Paul Mwaka disclosed during the launch for the planting of three in first phase around its “Asian” Estates at Makupa in Mombasa County.

    KPA’s Paul Mwaka (2nd right),flanked by among others Ollreggy Director Regina Kithuku (2nd left) and the “Asian ” Estate Chairman Chrispin Makhoha (right) examine the Ashoka Tree before planting.[Golfbiz}

    Mwaka led the residents of the Estates in planting more than 100 :Ashoka” trees assisted by workers from “Ollreggy”.

    The Trees said to originate from India is often considered a blessing urban tree and are commonly visible in most Estates and Bungalows around the Coast.

    Mwaka noted that such an idea has never been done and thanked the Land scaping Company for coming up with the plans.

    He said it’s important to ensure sustainable environment to counter the current global warming and urged the residents to maintain the trees.

    “We are part of the  Global and should protect future generations .This is a critical component  of our service to  the Country , the World  and that is why  today has been a special occasion  in KPA.We look forward  to such activities  and hope our Estates  will  now  fully go green, “said Mwaka.

    Ollreggy Investment Director Regina Kithuku digs a hole to plant the tree in front of her worker.[GolfBiz}

    Ollreggy Investment Director Regina Kithuku thanked KPA for accepting the idea and promised that all her Clients Estates among them KPA will be going green in future.

    Ollreggy Investment Director Regina Kithuku (middle) and her workers during the tree planting exercise.[Golfbiz]

    Ollreggy Investment based in Mombasa but with a Country wide network specializes in Land scaping, Cleaning services and Constructions.

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  • August 31, 2021

    The Continent of Europe Defeat Great Britain and Ireland to Win The 2021 Jacques Le’glise Trophy;

    This was at Falsterbo Golf Club in Sweden;

    Team of the Continent Europe pose with the The 2021 Jacques Leglise Trophy .[Courtesy,R&A]

    Golfnewslinks Reporter;

    031st, August, 2021;

    The Continent of Europe has defeated Great Britain and Ireland 16½-8½ to win the Jacques Léglise Trophy at Falsterbo Golf Club in Sweden.

    Leading GB&I 6½-5½ after the first day of play, the Continent of Europe strengthened its position by winning three and halving one of the four morning foursomes matches to provide the hosts with a four-point advantage at 10-6 ahead of this afternoon’s singles matches.

    According  to latest press release  by  The R&A ,Communications, Joachim Fourquet’s side then picked up six and a half points of the nine available in the afternoon singles to seal their second win on the bounce in the boys’ international match after triumphing 15½-9½ at Aldeburgh in 2019, the last time it was played.

    In the morning’s foursomes, Oiha Guillamoundeguy and Riccardo Fantinelli set the tone with a 3&2 win against the Scottish pairing of Cameron Adam and Ruben Lindsay, while Italian duo Marco Florioli and Flavio Michetti were in impressive form on their way to a 4&3 success against Archie Finnie and Joshua Hill.

    Daniel Svard and Tim Wiedemeyer picked up a third point for the Continent of Europe after beating Daniel Bullen and Harley Smith 2&1, but GB&I salvaged a halve from the session after Jack Bigham and Josh Hill shared the spoils with German double act Tiger Christensen and Yannick Malik.

    Christensen kicked off the afternoon singles in style for the Continent of Europe with a thumping 7&6 defeat of Boys’ Amateur champion Bigham to make it 11-6. Fantinelli, runner-up to the English international at Royal Cinque Ports earlier this month, edged his side closer to victory by comfortably beating Lindsay 3&2 to claim another point.

    Michetti’s comprehensive 5&4 win over Connor Graham proved to be the clincher for the Continent of Europe, with the hosts moving into an unassailable 13-6 lead to ensure it keeps hold of the trophy won in England two years ago.

    Smith pulled a point back for GB&I shortly after with a narrow one hole win over Malik, but Guillamoundeguy restored the seven-point cushion after beating Josh Hill by the same scoreline to make it 14-7.

    GB&I playing Captain Adam managed to win a point in his match against Svard, only for Wiedemeyer to return a 2&1 victory against his compatriot Archie Finnie.

    Jaime Montojo and Joshua Hill’s tie finished all-square, which left Marco Florioli to round off a very successful two days for the Continent of Europe with a 2&1 win over Bullen, leaving the final score 16½-8½.

    The victory marks the 14th time that the Continent of Europe has won the Jacques Léglise Trophy since the boys’ international match between the two teams was rejuvenated in 1977.

    Key Quotes;

    Joachim Fourquet, non-playing captain, Continent of Europe:

    “I feel very proud and happy. I think the morning foursomes were key and we played really well. To win the early matches this afternoon was also important. My players were in very good form and we gelled well as a team. They know how to play golf. To win the trophy for a second time running is great and captaining the Continent of Europe is one of the most special things to do.”

    Cameron Adam, playing captain, Great Britain and Ireland:

    “The foursomes were the difference today and to take one half point isn’t good enough. You put yourself on the back foot and it’s difficult to come back from there. We showed a lot of courage to win some points in the singles and put a performance in. I’m proud of the team and there were some good

    Individual performances. The boys really enjoyed it despite the result. There was good golf out there and we have a young team. I think this team will be back fighting again for the trophy next year.”

    The 2022 Jacques Léglise Trophy will be played at Blairgowrie in Scotland from 26-27 August when it will be held alongside the Junior Vagliano Trophy at the Perthshire venue.

    The Jacques Léglise Trophy Match is played annually between boys representing Great Britain and Ireland and the Continent of Europe.

    The match was inaugurated in 1958 but suspended in 1966.

    It was rejuvenated in 1977 when the Jacques Léglise Trophy was presented by Jean-Louis Dupont of Golf de Chantilly in memory of Jacques Léglise, a past French champion and captain who had served as President of the French Golf Federation and of the European Golf Association. Initially played as a one-day match, it became a two-day match in 1996.

    The GB&I team is selected by The R&A and the Continent of Europe side by the European Golf Association.

    The R&A group of companies was formed in 2004 to take on The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews’ responsibilities for governing the Rules of Golf, staging The Open, golf’s original championship, and developing the sport.

    The World Golf Museum in St Andrews is part of the R&A group.

    Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions with a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards.

    The R&A, through R&A Rules Ltd, governs the sport worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, on behalf of over 36 million golfers in 143 countries and with the consent of 158 organizations from amateur and professional golf.

    The R&A has responsibility for running a series of world class amateur events and international matches in women’s and girls’ as well as men’s and boys’ golf.

    The R&A stages the AIG Women’s Open and works with the European Tour to stage the Senior Open presented by Rolex.

    The R&A is committed to investing £200 million over ten years in developing golf and supports the growth of the sport internationally, including the development and management of sustainable golf facilities.

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  • August 16, 2021

    Golf-Weekend Golf Clubs Round up Results-016th, August, 2021;

    Kiiru Rules NCBA at Nakuru, Mombasa floors Royal in an Annual Match play at   Course, Youthful Wangari conquers Ladies Tourney at Thika Greens and its Ngugi at Ruiru;

    David Kiira, poses with his overall winner’s trophy.[Caleb Oketch,IMG Kenya Limited]

    Fadhili Kanini, IMG Kenya Limited;

    016th, August, 2021;

    Handicap 12 David Kiiru was crowned overall winner of the eleventh NCBA Golf Series that was held on Saturday, 014th, August, 2021 at the par-73 Nakuru Golf Club Course.

    He carded an excellent round of 41 points, one point ahead of the nearest challenger.

    NCBA Group Director for Retail Banking Tirus Mwithiga (left) presents the overall winner’s trophy to David Kiira at the Nakuru Golf Club leg of the NCBA Golf Series on Saturay, August 14, 2021.[Caleb Oketch,IMG Kenya Limited]

    Kiiru becomes the eleventh winner of the 2021 series, booking himself a spot to play at the Series grand finale which will be held in December, 2021 this year at the Karen Country Club Course in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Kulveer Singh (left) receives the Men’s Winner trophy at the Nakuru Golf Club leg of the NCBA Golf Series.[Caleb Oketch]

    Close on his heels was fellow club mate, handicap 28 Kulveer Singh who posted 40 points after the round to claim the winner’s spot in the Men’s category ahead of Sajiil Shah, handicap 24, who took the runner-up spot in the category with 38 points.

    In the ladies’ category, handicap 26 Susan Ikua emerged the winner having finished the round with an impressive round of 40 points, one point shy of Kiira , the event’s overall winner.

    Handicap 34 Ann Nduati posted a round of 38 points to claim the runner-up spot in the category.

    In the juniors’ category, handicap 18 Charles Kamais carded a round of 38 points to emerge the winner, while NCBA’s Rahab Thuo, at handicap 33, was the staff winner having carded an excellent round of 40 points.

    Among the guests, handicap 31 Elidy Wangeci was crowned the winner with 35 points.

    In the Nines, Francis Kioni and S. Chege were the star players with 20 and 21 points in the first and second nines respectively.

    In the subsidiary events, Luther Kamau was the winner in the longest drive contest for men, while Eleanor Wambui was the winner in the ladies’ event.

    Mathew Maiyo took home the nearest to the pin award, as Leonard Mambo won the best effort award with 11 points.

    The event drew the participation of 109 golfers, taking place just before the Series turns its focus to the first of two junior clinics and tournaments in the calendar.

    Over 1600 golfers have so far taken part in the 2021 Series across the eleven participating clubs.

    Speaking at the event, Tirus Mwithiga, Group Retail Banking Director, NCBA said, “We have had over 1,600 golfers who have participated in this Series, and we are grateful to everyone who has been a part of the tournament. We have got another eleven legs to go, and for those that who play well across the events, we will see all of them again in action at the Karen Country Club for the Series finale.”

    Commenting on the Junior Golf Clinic and Tournament slated for the 23rd and 24th of August, 2021 at the Karen Country Club, Tirus noted, “Registration for the junior event is ongoing on our website for all eligible junior players and we believe the event will be a fantastic outing for the junior golfers. The future of golf is not us: it is those juniors who will keep the fire burning.”

    Meanwhile Reports Maarufu Mohamed,Golfnewslinks,Mombasa Golf Club  in Mombasa County  took advantage of  its  home course  to  emerge the  overall winners on 29 points  against  visiting Royal  Nairobi Golf Club  with 5 points .

    Mombasa Golf Club Chairman Ken Mwangi (right),flanked by the Club’s Vice Captain James Gitonga (left) receives the winning trophy from Royal Nairobi Golf Club’s Chairman S.Bhabra (middle) at the Sea-Link Club house after the Tourney.[Gilbert Ochonke,Golfnewslinks]

    This was during their 2021 Annual Match Play Golf tournament between players of the Clubs played at the par 71 Course on Saturday, 014th, August, 2021.

    Both Teams were led by their Club Chairman Ken Mwangi (Mombasa) and S.Bhabra.

    In the Joint  Mug  played  on Friday,013thAugust,2021  with 58 Golfers from both sides ,Royal’s Kelvin Juma  carded  a two over  par 73 gross  to  emerge the  Best Gross winner  for his Club while  the same for  Mombasa Golf Club was  John  Komu who   brought  a  five over par 76 gross.

    More results out of the meeting were;

    Royal Nairobi;

    A Division winner-David Kimanthi-77 nett, Runners up-Kelvin Juma-79nett, Third-Job Kamau-80nett.

    B Division winner-Bernard Mwaura-83nett, Runners up-Wycliffe Owino-84nett, Third-David Gaitho-85nett C/B.

    C-Division winner-Tom Awili-69nett, Runners up-Mutinda Mutuku-76nett, Third-Martin Njenga-80nett.

    Mombasa Golf Club;

    A Division winner-John Komo-71nett, Runners up-Eric Nyongesa-73nett C/Third-Henry Kamau-73nett.

    B Division winner-Tirus Githaiga-61nett, Runners up-Lawrence Odhiambo-83nett.

    C Division winner-Wilfred Achila-65nett, Runners up-Tula Amani-66 nett, Third-James Gitonga-71nett C/B.

    D Division winner-Sam Muraya-64nett, Runners up-Fidelis Odumo-71nett, Third-Stephen Kiruku-72nett,

    Best Guest-Aamil Mughal-78nett.

    In the Ladies Medal for the Division 2, the winner was Home Club’s Christine Kinyeru with 71 nett while Club mate Caroline Munyi was the Runners up on 75 nett.

    Taking the Division 3 prize was Petronilah Kalee on 72 nett from the home club.

    At the Thika Greens Golf Resort on  Saturday,014th,August,2021, Youthful Chanelle Wangari  emerged the  Division one overall winner of the 2021 Ladies open  championship jointly sponsored by  Two Cousins, Aquamist, Ketepa, Housing Finance, Canna Maize Millers and Friends of the Captain.

    Chanelle Wangari at recent event in Mombasa.[Maarufu Mohamed,Golfnewslinks]

    However  it was not  an easy victory  for the  handicap 3 Wangari  who carded  a count back score of 75 gross  for the overall lead after  tying  on the same score with handicap 5 Mercy Nyanchama  who was the  winner.

    Handicap 18 Ruth G.Kamau  carded 82 gross to claim the  runners up slot and taking the  third slot on 86gross was handicap10 Nancy Ndung’u.

     The Division two winner was handicap 21 Judy Waihenya on 86gross,while handicap 30 Hellen Manyara on 92gross was the  runners up and taking the third slot was handicap 35 Lucy Maina  with 94gross.

    Handicap 42 Wambui Njenga  won the Division three category on a count back score of  110 gross after tying  on the same score with second placed  handicap 38  Nancy Njoki.

    Chanelle bagged a second prize of being the Longest drive winner, and Stella Ondima was the Nearest to the Pin Winner.

    And  at Ruiru Sports Club Course on the same day, handicap 18 William Ngugi  carded  a count back score of 37 points  to emerge  the winner of the  Three Clubs  and a Putter  Golf tournament.

    He had tied on the same score with handicap 20 Zak Muigai who was the Men winner while handicap 15 Joseph Mugo on 36 points was the runners up.

    The Lady winner was handicap 33 Catherine Kamene on 37points while handicap 25 Catherine Gitonga on 35 points and handicap 33 Mary Wambui with 31 Points were the runners up and third placed respectively.

    Gabriel Muthwale playing off handicap 22 won the  first nine prize  with 19 points and the same for the second nine  was claimed by handicap 28 Paul Wanarua on 21 points  while Laban Gathungu playing off handicap 21  emerged  the Guest winner after bringing  37 points.

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  • August 13, 2021

    Golf-Nakuru to Host 11th, Leg of 2021 NCBA Golf Series;

    This has attracted over 100 Golfers battling for top honors;

    A golfer follows his shot at the Karen Country Club leg of the recent NCBA Golf Series.[Caleb Oketch,IMG,Kenya Limited]

    Fadhili Kanini, IMG Kenya Limited;

    013th, August, 2021;

    Nakuru Golf Club will this weekend be the latest host of the ongoing NCBA Golf Series, becoming the eleventh venue to hold the Series since its inception in January this year.

    Over 100 golfers are expected to take to the course to battle it out for top honors and book a place in the Series Finale, which will be held later this year.

    A golfer follows the flight of his shot at the Karen Country Club leg of the NCBA Golf Series.[Caleb Oketch,IMG Kenya Limited]

    The par-73 Nakuru Golf Club, renowned for being the only uphill course in Kenya, will offer visiting golfers a challenge and experience different from the recent events on the calendar, against the backdrop of the stunning Lake Nakuru views. 

    So far, over 1,500 golfers have featured in the series which has produced ten overall winners, among them a 12-year-old golfer, Nathan Mwangi, who won the Karen leg of the series.

    Commenting on the event, NCBA Group Managing Director John Gachora said, “We are delighted to be taking the Series to the picturesque, yet challenging, Nakuru Golf Club for the 11th event on the calendar. The venue has a rich golf heritage having been established as a full 18-hole course in the 1930s. We are therefore pleased to have our Series featuring in the Club’s history. Being unique as the only uphill course in Kenya, we look forward to the challenge the course will throw at us, and I believe all golfers will enjoy the outing as we challenge for top honors at the event.”

    The 2021 NCBA Golf Series includes two junior golf clinics and tournaments to be held at the Karen Country Club this month of August, and at the Muthaiga Golf Club in December 2021 as part of the Bank’s initiative to help nurture golf talent at a nascent stage.

    So far, the Series has been held at Thika, Vet Lab, Kitale, Sigona, Mombasa, Nyali, Nyeri, Nanyuki, Karen and Kiambu Golf Clubs.

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  • August 13, 2021

    International Golf-Rose Zhang earns second Mark H McCormack Medal as World leading Female Golfer;

    This is her second straight McCormack Medal, having also received the honor last October;

    Maarufu Mohamed, Golfnewslinks;

    013th, August, 2021;

    An 18-year-old Rose Zhang of the United States of America has won the Mark H McCormack Medal as the leading female player in the 2021 World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).

    According to media release by R&A Corporate Communications from St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, NJ, USA, this is her second straight McCormack Medal, having also received the honor last October.

    Rose Zhang of The United States.[Courtesy]

    Zhang’s incredible run of golf continued this year, earning her second USGA title in as many years at the US Girls’ Junior Championship in July.

    Since receiving the McCormack Medal last October, Zhang competed in three LPGA major championships, making the cut in two, the 2020 US Women’s open in December and the 2021 Amundi Evian Championship last month.

    She also finished third at the 2021 Augusta National Women’s Amateur and earned a runner-up finish in the LPGA Symetra Tour’s Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic.

    She has spent 47 straight weeks as the No. 1 player in the world.

    “To receive any award with the USGA and The R&A’s names on it is incredible, so to have it happen a second time is both rewarding and humbling. The work I’ve put into my game over the past few years has truly been paying off, and I am so grateful to all who have supported me along the way. I look forward to continuing to reach new heights as I take my game to the collegiate level,” said Zhang.

    Zhang, who will compete at the 2021 AIG Women’s Open and for the USA Team in the Curtis Cup Match in Wales later this month, will begin her freshman season at Stanford University in the fall.

    One of the most decorated junior golfers of all time, she is a two-time winner of the Rolex Tournament of Champions, won the 2020 Rolex Girls Junior Championship and the 2020 Ping Invitational, and is a two-time AJGA Player of the Year.

    The R&A and the USGA jointly award the McCormack Medal annually.

    It is named after Mark H McCormack, who founded sports marketing company IMG and was a great supporter of amateur golf.

    Professor Steve Otto, Chief Technology Officer at The R&A, said, “Rose has demonstrated a remarkable level of consistency in her results achieved over the last two years, which has led to her excelling as the world’s leading women’s amateur golfer for a second successive year. Her performances show that she is a worthy recipient of the McCormack Medal and we would like to congratulate her on this fantastic achievement. On behalf of our entire organization, I’d like to congratulate Rose on this incredible achievement,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. Her play over the last two years has put her in a league of her own, and she has shown she is not only a champion on the course, but off it as well. We cannot wait to continue to watch her career grow for years to come.”

    The World Amateur Golf Ranking, which is supported by Rolex, was established in 2007 when the men’s ranking was launched.

    The men’s ranking encompasses nearly 2,900 counting events, ranking 7,309 players from 117 countries.

    The women’s ranking was launched in 2011 and has a calendar of around 1,900 counting events with more than 3,830 ranked players from 88 countries.

    The World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) which comprises a women’s ranking and a men’s ranking for elite amateur players, is offered by The R&A and the USGA as a global service to golf.

    Through incorporation and assessment worldwide of both amateur and professional events, WAGR encourages the international development of the competitive game.

    The ranking endeavors to be the most comprehensive and accurate ranking in golf by effectively comparing players from around the world who may never directly compete against one another.

    It is available to national federations and organizers of amateur and professional events and tours as a criterion for tournament field selection and for purposes of exemptions, national team selection, and orders of merit.

    The award is named after Mark H McCormack, the late founder of sports marketing company IMG and an avid supporter of amateur golf.

    The Mark H McCormack Medal is awarded to the player ranked number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) after the US Women’s Amateur Championship or the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship, whichever concludes last.

    Established in 2007, the same award goes to the player leading the men’s ranking after the European Amateur Championship or US Amateur Championship, whichever concludes last.

    The Previous Winners are;

    Men- 2020 Takumi Kanaya (JAP), 2019 Cole Hammer (USA), 2018 Braden Thornberry (USA), 2017 Joaquin Niemann (Chile), 2016 Maverick McNealy (USA), 2015 Jon Rahm (ESP), 2014 Oliver Schniederjans (USA), 2013 Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG), 2012 Chris Williams (USA), 2011 Patrick Cantlay (USA), 2010 Peter Uihlein (USA), 2009 Nick Taylor (CAN), 2008 Danny Lee (NZL), 2007 Colt Knost (USA).

    Women-2020 Rose Zhang (USA), 2019 Andrea Lee (USA), 2018 Jennifer Kupcho (USA), 2017, 2016, 2015 Leona Maguire (IRE), 2014 Minjee Lee (AUS), 2013, 2012, 2011 Lydia Ko (NZL).

    Based in St Andrews, The R&A runs The Open, elite amateur events, international matches and rankings. Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions but sharing a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards.

    The R&A, through R&A Rules Ltd, governs the sport worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, on behalf of over 36 million golfers in 143 countries and with the consent of 158 organizations from amateur and professional golf.

    The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the sport internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities.

    The USGA is a nonprofit organization that celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the US Open and US Women’s Open.

    With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules.

    The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future.

    The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts.

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