President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta are the newest members of Ruiru Golf Club. Ruiru Club Chairman, Father Wilfred Mwaura handed over the membership cards to the First Lady who was the guest of honour during the 2018 Chairman’s prize, golf tournament at the par 72 golf course, where handicap 27 Josephat Mbugua emerged the overall winner on a score of 45 stableford points (22,23).
The Club made a decision to enroll the President and the First Lady through membership courtesy of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s participation in previous Club’ activities. First Lady had the honours of officially opening of a new administrative block upon arrival at the club. She later had an opportunity to plant a tree and putt on the 18th hole green.
“Known for taking positive action, the First Lady should thus be expected to excel in her new golfing career after excelling in her ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign through marathon and her current role as a patron of the Special Olympics and U-18 athletics,” said Father Mwaura.
The First Lady urged golf clubs to facilitate young talented Kenyans from disadvantaged communities to take up the sport and participate in professional tournaments. As patron of the Special Olympics and Under 18 Athletics, the First Lady said she has seen how sports can positively impact the destiny of the youth and was keen to see them accorded equal opportunities to exploit their full potential.
“I encourage you to embrace the inclusion of young talented Kenyans from the less fortunate communities to take up the sport and participate in professional tournaments – to give them the dream of representing Kenya as our future international stars,” the First Lady said. She also expressed the need for stakeholders to open up the game to more Kenyans to remove the ‘elite tag’ from golf.
The First Lady noted that golf is positioned as one of the greatest sports of the world, played in almost every country and followed by millions of sports enthusiasts. “It is a sport appreciated by many, who may never themselves have dreamed of participating in the game,” she emphasised. Father Mwaura echoed her comments adding that it is high time golf is open to the public and the underprivileged.
“It is high time golf is fully open to the public. We want golf to grow in schools as much as it has done in clubs for the sake of the growth of the sport,” said the outgoing chairman. Ruiru Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Kenya dating back to 1922. Other speakers during the event included Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge and outgoing Captain of the club, Anthony Kamau.
Henry Mwaura also playing off handicap 27 was the men winner on 42 points (22, 20), while handicap 27 Johnson Waweru was the men runner-up on 36 points (16, 20). S. Patel playing off handicap 20 was the lady winner on 33 points (13, 20), while Catherine Wambui playing off hadicap 35 was the lady runner-up on 31 points (16, 15).