Kenyan female caddy breaks barriers

Virginia Karemi Njeri, a tournament-winning caddie from Kenya, has transformed her life by working for golf professionals and by coaching amateurs.

Her success as a female caddy is breaking barriers in a male-dominated sport.

Njeri, who caddied for Kenya Open winner Aaron Rai in 2017, has become a respected figure in her country.

Her journey began out of desperation when she returned to Kenya after working as a house help in Lebanon.

Njeri was recommended for a caddy job at Muthaiga Golf Club, where her sister was already working.

Despite initially facing problems in getting clients and overcoming preconceived notions about her abilities, she persevered.

As a full-time caddy, Njeri carries golf bags weighing 20 to 25 kilograms, often working with two or three clients a day.

Her job has provided financial stability and allowed her to support her family. In 2017, she had the opportunity to work at the Kenya Open, and her impressive performance led to further training in South Africa. 

She now uses her training to coach others interested in golf.

Although female caddying in Kenya started in 2007, it is still a developing concept. However, progress has been made, with 2,000 female caddies working on various golf courses across the country.

Njeri’s knowledge of the game and dedication to her role has earned her respect in the golfing community.

Beyond the financial rewards, being a caddy has transformed her life and boosted her confidence.

Njeri cherishes her time on the golf course, finding it relaxing and fulfilling. 

Compiled by staff writer

Pictured above: Virginia Karemi Njeri

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