Kenya Golf Union to set up caddies kitty, defy government directive on games

Kenya Golf Union to set up caddies kitty, defy government directive on games

The Kenya Golf Union (KGU) is in the process of setting up a financial kitty to cushion caddies during the period that their services have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ministry of health on Tuesday ordered closure of all golf clubs across the country as Kenyan continue to battle the faceless Covid-19 virus. 

The KGU moved on quickly to outline rules to be followed during the period, key among them, scrapping the use of caddies.

While the union reiterated the ministry directive to close all the club houses, KGU after consulting the authority pronounced that golf can still be played but under some strict rules.

“Golfers can play golf as long as they do not use the services of caddies and strictly maintain social distance…they can play alone, in twos or threes with starting distance at least 10 metres apart and golfers must not gather at the start,” the statement seen by SPORTS AFRICA read in part.

“Due to the stoppage of use of caddies, the clubs are asked to set up caddies welfare kitty in support of the caddies who will be affected by this directive.”

Furthermore, KGU has suspended all handicap competitions in the country for the next 30 days. 

“All clubs are therefore not allowed to hold any competitions that require golf handicap for the period. Clubs must stop organizing all formal competitions to help stop the spread of Covid-19 virus,” read the statement signed by KGU chairman Anthony Murage. 

Additionally, KGU banned all guests from but loosened the law on members who are still allowed to access the premises against the government order banning all social gatherings.

“Clubs must ensure that there is strictly no congestion on the club premises. This must strictly enforced by clubs (that) should only be open to their members and should not allow guests on reciprocation. 

“All club houses must be close forthwith. Golfers must not be allowed to access the club houses for any service whatsoever.”

Golf was, until today, the only sport that ignored the government’s order that banned all sporting activities and gatherings following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Football, athletics, volleyball, hockey rugby leagues, among others, have since suspended their calendars in compliance with the government directive.