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Ngige rolls out Barclays Kenya Open local challenge, Indiza, Okello in afternoon draw

There are 34 winners on the Challenge Tour-63 wins between them-six former winners of the Barclays Kenya Open–defending champion Sebastian Soderberg; Jake Roos (2014); Jordi Garcia Pinto (2013); Robert Dinwiddie (2010); Gary Boyd (2009); Maarten Lafeber (1999).

By David JagongoWednesday, 22 Mar 2017 15:39 EAT

Kenya’s Simon Ngige gets off the bunker in a previous tournament. This year’s Barclays Kenya Open event has a strong field of 156 players from 28 countries and marks the beginning of the European Challenge Tour

Ngige is off the first tee at 7.00am in Game 1 also comprising Federico Maccario of Italy and Peter Tarver-Jones of England.  At 7.20 both Agil Ishag (1st tee), a local amateur and Tony Omuli (10th tee) will also begin their quest.

The leading local players feature in the afternoon draw, at the 10th tee Dismas Indiza Anyonyi off at 12.40 and Jacob Okello at 12.50. Indiza plays with Moritz Lampert of Germany and Borja Virto of Spain.

Okello will be with Swede Marcus Kinhult and Ross Kellet of Scotland.The living legend Okello, 48, will be playing his 20th Open championship. He was the runners-up in 1998 and most recent best was fifth in 2010.

A warm-up to the Open, the Pro-Am [professionals with amateurs] played at Muthaiga on Tuesday was won by Swede Alexander Wennstam and Kenyan Anthony Ngera.

The official website, europeantour.com, has crunched the numbers ahead of this European Challenge Tour’s season-opening Barclays Kenya Open. Here’s all you need to know about the field assembling at Muthaiga, Nairobi.

One hundred and fifty six – the top 60 and ties after round two will make the cut 28 countries represented – alongside the 28 Kenyans there are players from countries as varied as Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Spain, Chile, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and more.

There are 34 winners on the Challenge Tour-63 wins between them-six former winners of the Barclays Kenya Open–defending champion Sebastian Soderberg; Jake Roos (2014); Jordi Garcia Pinto (2013); Robert Dinwiddie (2010); Gary Boyd (2009); Maarten Lafeber (1999).

Four of last year’s top ten return to Nairobi – Soderberg (winner), Sebastian Heisele (T4), Daan Huizing (T8) and Darius van Driel (T8).
Five winners on the 2016 Road to Oman – Soderberg, Clément Sordet, Simon Forsström, Adrien Saddier, Alvaro Velasco)-2 former Rankings winners – Andrea Pavan (2013) and Velasco (2010).

Fifteen debutants – 15 players in the field have never competed in a Challenge Tour event before. Twenty Kenyan legend Jacob Okello is playing in the Barclays Kenya Open for the 20th time.

Six winners on the European Tour – Rhys Davies, Michael Hoey, Lafeber, Mikael Lundberg, Ricardo Santos and Oliver Wilson. Thursday, March 23):

MORNING:
1st Tee:
07.00: Simon Ngige
7.20: Agil Ishag (Amateur)
7.30: Nelson Mudanyi
7.40: Brian Njoroge
8.00: Greg Snow
8.10: John Karichu (Am)
8.20: C J Wangai
8.30: Kenneth Bolo (Am)
8.30: Stefan Engell Andersen

10th Tee:
7.20: Tony Omuli
7.30: Joseph Waweru Karanja
8.00: Mathew Omondi
8.20: David Wakhu
9.00: Richard Ainley

AFTERNOON:
1st TEE:
11.50: Boniface Simwa
12.10: Geoffrey Kubwa (Am)
12.20: Riz Charania
12.50: Nicholas Rokoine
13.20: David Opati

10th TEE:
12.00: Kopan Timbe
12.10: Sujan Shah (Am)
12.20: Njuguna Ngugi
12.30: Nelson Simwa
12.40: Dismas Indiza Anyonyi
12.50: Jacob Okello
13.00: David Odhiambo
13.20: Justus Madoya
13.30: Alfred Nandwa (Am)
Voice of Sports– additional reporting by europeantour.com

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