George’s first event of the Challenge Tour season was in Kenya for the Barclays Kenya Open. This was held at the Karen Golf and Country Club in Nairobi. It was his first ever long haul flight which he was not looking forward to! He eventually arrived at 1.00am at his hotel.
after a few detours! The hotel left much to be desired but its saving grace was the proximity to the golf course.
He had a practice day on the Monday so played a few holes and did some short game work. This was plenty given that he had only managed to get a few hours of sleep. The course was great with tree lined fairways and small greens and was playing really firm. The greens were a great surface to putt on but he needed to get used to the grain on the greens. More interesting was how far he was hitting the ball; at 5000ft above sea level the ball was going crazy distances and he knew he needed to adapt his game quickly.
Tuesday was the official practice day and he met with his caddy - she was called Sarah. He was a little apprehensive about having a lady caddy as somehow it didn’t feel quite right - his bag was nearly as big as she was! He played the whole course and really enjoyed the layout but struggled with how far the ball was going. It really was crazy.
George wasn’t involved in the Pro-Am day on Wednesday but used the time to practice on the range. The tournament started on Thursday and George shot a level par 72 in his opening round, a solid start. On Friday he shot a 68 (4 under) and made the cut as the highest placed Englishman. On Saturday he shot 75 (+3) and never really got his
score going. On the final day though he shot a very pleasing 69 (-3). This gave an overall result of -4, tied 17th. He was really happy with his performance overall and enjoyed meeting with some of the big names and is now looking forward to his next challenge.
Thanks must go to Team Woolgar for all their support and help as he could not achieved it without them. His next tournament is at La Manga, playing in the ECCO Tour Winter series.
Good Luck George