Wafula named in Kenya team for AACT

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
May 03, 2021
  • Naomi Wafula is the youngert player in Kenya's team for the AACT.

  • The Kenya team for AACT.

  • Christina Engell Andersen represented Kenya at the 2002 Junior Open Championships in Musselburugh, Scotland, winning the Africa trophy.

  • Josephine Ainley has taken two weeks off to travel back home to play for the Kenyan team in June.

Naomi Wafula, handicap 2, who is Kenya’s top lady amateur and junior golfer is one of the players named in the national team for the All African Challenge Trophy (AACT) to be hosted by Kenya at the Muthaiga Golf Club from June 8-12.

She is also the current best Junior in Africa, a title she will defend at this year’s AACT. The 16-year old has won every tournament in the country in both the ladies and junior events. Wafula is the current Kenya ladies strokeplay and match play champion, and was a member of the Kenya team to AACT 2012 in Botswana.

Wafula was the youngest golfer to be capped at the age of 12, and was in the winning Gilberson & Page Team in Zamiba in 2011 and 2013 in Nairobi.

In May this year, Naomi will represent Kenya in the Youth Olympic Games in Botswana and will travel to the USA in July to participate in the Teen World Golf Championships in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Kenya Ladies Golf Union (KLGU), the body governing ladies golf in Kenya named the team. The full team is: Naomi Wafula (Rose Naliaka Academy), Josephine Ainley (Nakuru), Christina Engell Andersen (Muthaiga) and team manager/captain Mwongeli Nzioka (Limuru).

The selection was confirmed by the KLGU chair, Joyce Wafula in a press statement, following the announcement made on 6 April 2021 at Limuru Country Club.

Captained Kenya team

Josephine Ainley, a former golf professional, who now plays off a 2 handicap, is the second member of the Kenya team. A Nakuru Golf Club member, Ainley captained the Kenya team to 2008 in Egypt.

She had been ranked first on the Kenyan Golfer of the Year series and has won the Kenya Strokeplay championship, and Matchplay championship twice. A member of the Southern University, Louisiana Collegiate golf team from 2002 to 2006, Ainley is now a high school math teacher at Port St Lucie High in Florida.

Ainley  has taken two weeks off to travel back home to play for the Kenyan team in June before returning to the US.

The third player is Christina Engell Andersen, Muthaiga’s past lady captain and current club strokeplay and matchplay champion. Playing off handicap 6, Andersen represented Kenya at the 2002 Junior Open Championships in Musselburugh, Scotland, winning the Africa trophy.

She has captained the Gilberson and Page trophy in 2011 and 2013, successfully defending Kenya’s hold on the triangular event. Andersen is a board member of Muthaiga Golf Club, a council member of the Kenya Ladies Golf Union and a trustee of the Junior Golf Foundation.

Team captain

Managing the team, as well as training with the Kenyan based players is Limuru’s Mwongeli Nzoika, handicap 7.  A current KLGU council member, Mwongeli has played in the national ladies team for the Gilberson and Page trophy in 2001, 2005, 2011 and 2013.

She has several open ladies golf titles to her name including the Machakos Open in 2011 and the Limuru Strokeplay championship in 2010 and 2013.

The AACT is a biennial continental ladies golf championship that were last held in Kenya 20 years ago. The hosts are one of 19 countries that will participate for honours in June.