Stakes raised as ProAm sets pace for Magical Kenya Open Golf

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022 14:56 | By
Caddie Jason Palmer (left) assists Chris Paisley to line his putt during practice at Muthaiga Golf Club yesterday.

Golf enthusiasts are in for a treat today as the Magical Kenya Open ProAm event sets
the pace ahead of tomorrow’s official tee off at the Muthaiga Golf Club.

Both the 2021 and 2019 Magical Kenya Open Champions South African, Justin
Harding and Italian Guido Migliozzi, were yesterday oozing with confidence ahead of
today’s Mediamax co-sponsored curtain raiser after a practice session at the par 72 golf

In an exclusive interview with People Sport yesterday, Harding was bullish about the
start of the championship as he seeks to make it two in a row.

“It is exciting, you do not get an opportunity to always defend such a title, but I have
always played quite well here in Kenya albeit on another course in Karen. From what I
have seen so far this week, this golf course at Muthaiga is beautiful!”

He added: “It is different, you have got to work your way around it. It is not straightforward but I am
looking forward to mastering it and playing well. It is going to be nice, I have had a
brilliant start to this year. My game is in good shape at the moment so we will see what
happens,” said the Qatar Open Champion.

Meanwhile, Guido is also keen for a good start before flexing his muscles in the final

“It is important that I have a good start then we can look positive onwards. Overall I am
expecting a good tournament obviously at a different course. The memories of Kenya
are still fresh but I know this year will be competitive,” stated the 25-year-old from
Vicenza who is a five-time European Tour winner.

Local amateurs

Today four Kenyan professionals and a host of amateurs will be taking on the field for
the ProAm event with Sigona Club’s Mohit Medirata and Entebbe Open Champion
Justus Madoya taking to the course at 7.20am while former Safari Tour Champion Greg
Snow and Dismas Indiza will come on at 13.20 and 13.10 respectively.

Medirata is good to go after a thorough session on the range and greens for practice.

“I am good to go and I want to keep my head on the game. The focus is obviously to
make the cut then plan from there on,” said Medirata.

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