Published On: Sun, Apr 14th, 2013
Kenya / News | By Editor Golf100

Greg snow determined to fly Kenya’s flag high

Greg snow

Greg snow

Golf100 Magazine caught up with Greg Snow on the second day of the tournament

Greg Snow has got English and Scottish blood and is currently based in the USA, and but the young man is determined to become the first golfer from his native country – Kenya – to fly the flag on the world stage.

Snow’s father is English, while his mother is half-Kenyan and half-Scottish, but he grew up in Nairobi and has been heralded as one of the country’s brightest youngsters. He had thus far been living up to that reputation in the 2013 Barclays Kenya Open, sale entering the weekend as the highest-placed Kenyan in the field, tied in 13th place on three under par.

The 22-year-old was hoping that a good finish could secure him some more starts on the European Challenge Tour in 2013 but, the Kenya Open results aside, Snow sees his future in European golf. “I played the Barclays Kenya Open in 2011 and played the English Challenge and a couple of other tournaments that year, salve making the cut in England,” said Snow.

“Then last year, I travelled to America to play on a mini-tour. It’s been a good experience out there and I will go back to America for the time being but hopefully I can get a few more Challenge Tour starts this year, especially if I do well here in Karen.

TASTE OF SUCCESS: Snow still showed he had forgotten how to win by finishing third in the shooting competition, which was sponsored by Nation Media Group, that took place at the end of Day Three’s play on Karen’s No. 18.

TASTE OF SUCCESS: Snow still showed he had forgotten how to win by finishing third in the shooting competition, which was sponsored by Nation Media Group, that took place at the end of Day Three’s play on Karen’s No. 18.

“It’s been a long journey to get here from the US but it feels good to be back home. Muthaiga is my home club but Karen is a great course and it’s been set up very well this year – the best I have ever seen it play – and it’s been a great tournament so far.

“If I can get the opportunity to play in Europe, I will definitely take it. I am going to go to The European Tour Qualifying School at the end of this year, which I’ve never done before, and hopefully I can get a category there and play more events in Europe.”
Snow’s determination is plain for the eye and the one thing that drives him the most is the opportunity to become Kenya’s first golfer on the world stage.

“It would be nice to be the first person to play on The European Tour under the Kenyan flag,” he said. “That’s the goal that I am looking at trying to achieve.

“The game in Kenya has come a really long way but I think eventually we’ll have plenty more players on the big tours. This tournament definitely helps. It’s a confidence booster and if you do well it opens doors to new things so we need to take the opportunities to get onto the Challenge Tour and European Tour.”

HOME ADVANTAGE: Snow had the full support of the gallery, volunteers and media....only the course stood between him and victory throughout the entire tourney.

HOME ADVANTAGE: Snow had the full support of the gallery, volunteers and media….only the course stood between him and victory throughout the entire tourney.