Greg Snow has laid out ambitious plans to kick start a career that has largely plateaued over the last five years. To say that Greg is an exceptionally talented golfer is an understatement. Since storming the local golf scene 12 years ago as a promising amateur player for the Kenya national team, Greg was unstoppable sweeping all honors before him a feat that saw him turn pro in 2010. He would continue with this form in the paid ranks climaxing his performance with a respectable T10 finish at the Kenya Open 2014 after shooting a career best -6.
Since then, Greg has missed the cut in all the subsequent Kenya Open events the low ebb being the 2016 event where he finished in position 145 after playing +12 in the opening two rounds! Down but not out, Greg has embarked on a physical conditioning programme and an intensive playing schedule on the Sunshine Tour to rediscover his mojo and hopefully qualify for the much coveted membership to the European Tour.
“Honestly it’s not been smooth sailing. In 2017 I took stock of my performance and realized I was not on the right track. I would start off so well in the opening rounds of most events but fade after a couple of days largely due to lack of fitness and poor diet. This is when my brother advised me to hit the gym and put on some muscle,” Greg said.
The physical conditioning programme commenced last year, a move that has seen him hire services of a Nutritionist, Dietician, Psychologist and a physical trainer. And it seems to be doing Greg a lot of good. Over the past year, he is showing signs of returning to form. In fact, last year Greg won five rounds on the Safari Tour to be crowned the overall winner. Unfortunately, the cancellation of Magical Kenya Open, thanks to Covid-19, denied him the opportunity to measure up against the crème de la crème of the European Tour. “My game is currently in good shape and just needs a little bit of fine tuning. Overall I have a renewed focus and approach to the game,” said Greg.
To compete at the highest level, Greg has laid out an intensive plan that will see him feature fully on South Africa’s Sunshine Tour. In the grand scheme of things, this is the window that he will rely on to break in to the European Tour. “To make it as a professional golfer, you have to be playing in high level events every week. The quality of the playing field in the Sunshine Tour is excellent. There’s strength in depth such that anyone can win on a good day. I know it is a tall order for a Kenyan to win on the Sunshine Tour, but I believe I have what it takes to compete at that level,” he said.
Following the advent of coronavirus this year, Greg was forced to shelve participation in the Sunshine Tour. He plans to feature on the Tour from January next year for a couple of months, come back home in time for Magical Kenya Open, before spending the entire 2021 calendar year in South Africa chasing qualification to European Tour via Sunshine Tour events. Said Greg: “My ultimate goal is to become a member of the European Tour. This is the only way you can make a decent living as a professional golfer.”
If and when he manages to break into the money-spinning European Tour, Greg will have full filled a dream that started 19 years ago at Kiambu Golf Club when as an 11 year old boy, he was introduced to the sport by his father. His eventful golf journey has seen him play at very high levels including the British junior tournaments and the highly competitive US university league. Piqued by the success of PGA star Abraham Ancer, his former roommate on the British junior circuit, Greg is ready to go to any lengths to play at the top level.