Caddies are eligible to participate at the prestigious Limuru Open competition set to be held at the par 72 Limuru Country Club course between July 2 and 3.
“The only people who are shut out of the Limuru Open are the golfers who don’t have valid handicaps and those who are playing off handicaps higher than 12. Any other eligible golfer is free to enter. Caddies too are welcome as long as they have valid handicaps and produce handicap certificates.”
Wangombe said the competition committee for the Limuru Open had set handicap 12 as the limit for entering the competition as it has been the tradition of the competition and many other competitions which form part of the GOTY series to ensure that the standards of the competition are high and as a way of capping the number of entrants.
“ At the Amateur Championship the handicap limit was 9 but when 74 entries were received, the committee brought this down to 6,” said Wangombe.
He also said in ensuring the standards of the competition was high, the competition committee always keep away players whose handicaps are higher than the set limit.
“ The Kenya Golf Union also adopted the CONGU system of handicapping in 2008 and under this system, golfers are required to produce handicap certificates upon request in any other club. All golf clubs in Kenya have the system and they can easily print out the handicap certificates for their golfers,” Wangombe told Kenya Golf Guide.
He added: “A number of clubs use the CONGU system to handicap caddies. This is the case in Royal Nairobi Golf Club, Railways Golf Club, Muthaiga Golf Club, Limuru Country Club and many other clubs. All caddies in these clubs who meet the handicap criteria will be eligible to enter the competition. Indeed, several caddies from Limuru have won the net prizes (Brakenhurst Cup) in the past.”
The Union executives said Golf Talent Foundation had formed a virtual club to handicap caddies countrywide and informed club captains about the system and all the caddies in the country have a channel of getting official handicaps.
“GTF will even go further and develop programs for helping talented golfers in their program. Requiring golfers to present handicap certificates is nothing new,” he said.
-Courtesy Kenya Golf Guide