Junior golfers off to British champs
09 July 2014, 20:31
West Lancashire - Junior golfers Adel Balala and Mary Monari will on Friday depart for the British Junior Open Golf championships at West Lancashire Golf Club in the United Kingdom.
The pair won bronze medals at in the recent Africa Youth Olympic Games in Botswana and are elated to feature in the tournament which takes place biannually.
Balala, from Nyali Golf and Country Club Mombasa, and Monari of Rose Naliaka Academy said they are looking forward to competing in the event which started in 1994.
The Junior Open was later placed under the R&A (Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews Scotland) administrative umbrella in 2000 and has since become closely linked to The Open Championship.
All golfing nations affiliated to The R&A are invited to enter their best Under-16 boys and girls golfers.
The 54-hole strokeplay championship starts on Monday July 14 where after the juniors will visit The 143rd Open Championships at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake - the most coveted trophy (the Claret Jug) in the game and one of the most iconic in all of sport.
The 15-year old Balala, (handicap 3) is currently a student at Tuks Sports High School in Pretoria, South Africa. He has represented Kenya in both the junior and senior national golf teams from the age of 13 and is a member of the Kenya junior team since 2013.
Playing off 6 handicap, Mary was also in the winning team of the Lisle Shaw (Inter School Trophy) and the Nancy Millar Trophy at Karen. She was placed second in both the Karen Junior Open and the Royal Nairobi Junior Championships last year. She is a Class 8 student at Malezi Academy.