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Charania keen to manage his golf academy as well as play regularly

By Lynette Matheka
Friday, October 30th, 2020
Riz Charania during the recent Safari Golf Tour first leg in Limuru Country Club. Photo/PD/ALEX NJUE
In summary

Windsor Golf Club’s Rizwan Charania believes he still has a good chance of qualifying for next year’s Magical Kenya Open despite picking 17 points from the last two Safari Tour events he has participated in.

Charania began the series on a high picking 46.5 points from the series opening leg played at Limuru where he finished tied second.

A week later, he managed nine points with a 14th place finish at Royal Nairobi, missed the third leg held at Vet Lab last week before picking eight points from the just concluded Sigona event.

After four events, he is ranked 11th at 105.2 points having began the series with a 60.7 point advantage from the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.

The two seasons are counting for ten and 20 percent respectively to the final point tally. The 2020/21 season will count for 70 percent of the final points tally.

“I played well at Limuru but the difference between that leg and the other two has been lack of practise.

I had little time dedicated to the game after Limuru and the results are evident.

My weakness is teaching and it has taken up much of my time but I still enjoy competing and I am looking forward to qualifying for the Open,” Charania said in an interview adding that he would take time off teaching to concentrate on his game when he qualifies for the Open. 

The Windsor resident runs a golf academy at the club and at the same time does equipment fitting. 

As action heads to Uganda, the golfer intimates that he will monitor the Covid-19 situation before making a decision on travelling for the leg.

“I founded the academy in 2013 and during this period when we did not have any action due to the pandemic it took up most of my time. 

I missed the Vet Lab leg, having taken an academy group to Vipingo for an event that had already been pre-arranged before the Tour teed off,” added Charania.

He added: “While I enjoy competing, my interaction with the academy players dictates that I be careful about any travel and that will play a big part in my decision to traveling to Uganda.”

As the Tour heads to Uganda, Greg Snow is at the helm at 194.8 points despite missing the fourth leg at Sigona.

Following closely are Dismas Indiza (182), Simon Ngige (178.2), David Wakhu (158.2) and Erick Ooko (140.7).

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