By Oscar Pilipili
The team that also featured handicap 14 Sankala Ole Kantai and handicap 10 Martin Mkundi amassed combined 102 points to top the competition and book a ticket to the Gala’s grand finale slated for September 29 at Karen Golf and Country Club.
Ole Kantai posted 32 points while Mkundi contributed 28 points during the qualifiers.
In his round, Abekah was level on the par four second hole, but played a double bogey on the par four hole five, then recovered with three back-to-back pars on holes six, seven and eight, before sinking a birdie on the par four hole nine for a first nine score of 18.
In the second nine, he had five pars to register a score of 17 points.
“When I reported at the course I found when my team members had already finished playing. They kept on cheering me expecting at least 30 points and I gave them 35 instead,” said Abekah during the prize giving last Saturday.
Abekah promised to lead the team to victory during the grand finale and book a ticket to Dubai.
“We’re going to practice frequently with focus on the Dubai tournament,” he said.
Kinuthia on the other hand had a false start in the opening nine where he had three double bogeys for a score of 15, but he recovered in the second nine where he picked 20 points.
The team of John Kisolo, Njani Ndiritu, Francis Mwangi and Simon Mbugua, finished second with combined score of 97 points to book a ticket to the grand finale as well.
Kisolo playing off handicap 18 scored the day’s best score of 36 points, while handicap nine Ndiritu posted 32 points and Mwangi playing off handicap nine had 29 points.