Tannahill Shield: Defending champions Royal Nairobi Golf Club for fourth consecutive title: The standard Sports


Departure of the Tanahill Shield Golf Tournament at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club on Friday August 6, 2021. [PHOTO:JONAH ONYANGO.]

The players of the Royal Nairobi Golf Club (RNGC) are confident of defending the 97th edition of the Tannahill Shield Golf Tournament which kicked off in their backyard on Friday.

The triple back-to-back champions have a strong roster of ten powerful hitters, including four juniors who paint the greens and fairways for glory.

“We are ready to do our best despite the worthy opponents who have signed up. We have done a lot of training after the lockdown, we are ready for this championship,” team principal Charan Thethy told Standard Sports .

Thethy believes the team that has honed their skills at the site twice a week over the past two months will ultimately retain the trophy that has made the nation’s oldest golf course proud.

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“We put countless putts, we hit countless balls on the field to perfect our art,” said team captain Joseah Kogo.

“Off the pitch we saw some gym workouts, stretching and team building to form a team,” Kogo added.

The team also enlisted the services of a sports psychologist to help them build mental strength, focus and balance body pressure.

Wambugu Ikinu, Njogu Kungu and Joshua Ichangi are arguably some of the youngsters to watch in the shooting team.

The other mortal members of the team are Jay Sadhu, Jatinder Thethy (vice-captain), Abner Onsomu, Kevin Juma, Qurram Bhatti and Rachit Patel.

Held since 1924, last year was the first time the tournament had not been held since WWII due to the ongoing covid pandemic.

The Tannahill Shield is considered one of the biggest amateur golf events in sub-Saharan Africa and brings together the best amateur players from Kenya’s golf clubs to compete for the coveted honors.

The participating teams this year are Muthaiga Golf Club, Karen Country Club, Sigona Golf Club, Limuru Country Club, Railway Golf Club, Western Kenya, Mombasa Team, Vet Lab Sports Club, and the hosts and defending champions, Royal Nairobi Golf Club.

The Tannahill Shield is the world’s only three-way match-play tournament. Foursome is a competitive style of golf in which two golfers join a team and alternately strike the same ball, sometimes referred to as the “alternate stroke” format.

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