Team Kenya golf head coach Vincent Wang’ombe at the 24th Summer Deaflympics in Brazil has heaped praise on Kenya’s top deaf golfer Isaac Makokha for bagging bronze in the competition.
Makokha, 30, beat German Guldan Nico by two ups in the third/fourth place play-off held Wednesday at the spacious Caxias Do Sul Golf Course.
He entered history by becoming the first Kenyan deaf golfer to ever win a medal in Deaflympics.
“He is a very good golfer. He is very calm and able to handle a lot of pressure. Remember he won the 2020 Kenya Amateur Match play so he is well vast with the match play format. It is a very good feeling to see him win because we have worked with him on the rules of golf and how to handle himself during match play and he has delivered,” said Wang’ombe.
“It (Makokha winning the bronze medal) is a very good thing because now deaf people know that they can always play golf and win. Isaac has always played against abled-bodied opponents, which has helped him improve his game. We now hope to see more deaf people playing golf.”
Regarding Adan Warion and Gilbert Alikula who did not make it past the stroke play stage, coach Wang’ombe said: “ There is really much you can do when one start playing when they are old. “
While Alikula finished 18th in stroke play, Wario pulled out of the competition after injuring his hand during training.