By JAMES WAINDI
After nine months of thrilling golf, the Tusker Malt Golf Carnival came to an end with an explosive Grand Finale at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club where the team of Kangethe Ndiho and John Ngugi from Limuru Country Club ruled the roost.
The pair, playing off handicaps of 17 and 28 respectively, combined brilliantly in the four-ball better-ball format, to post a joint score of 45 points and claim victory over 150 other finalists.
The pair started their final round conservatively, scoring 20 points on the treacherous opening nine holes of the course.
On the second nine, the pair came alive and took advantage of the cool weather to post a huge 25 points for a total of 45 points.
The feat saw the winning team secure an all expenses paid golf trip to South Africa that will include playing golf at some of the top golf clubs in Gauteng South Africa and professional golf lessons at the Vodacom World of Golf in Sandton.
Congratulating the winners, the KBL Marketing Director Caroline Ndungu thanked all the golf clubs that had hosted the Tusker Malt Golf Carnival.
"This season, the Tusker Malt Golf Carnival visited 15 golf clubs across Kenya, from Malindi to Kisumu and from Machakos to Nyeri. The Carnival hosted over 2,900 amateur golfers from 35 golf clubs and on behalf of KBL and the sponsoring brand, Tusker Malt, I would like to thank them all for participating," Ndungu said.
"To the winners, congratulations and I trust that you will be great ambassadors for Tusker Malt and Kenya as you travel to South Africa for what is destined to be an experience of a life-time."
Speaking on behalf of the winning pair, Kangethe thanked the sponsors for a well organised event. "The Tusker Malt team has continued to come up with new and interesting ways for competition and this has kept this championship fresh and popular," said Kangethe.