Nyali Golf Club lady golfer scoops top accolade in inaugural Pro-Am tournament aimed at improving locals ahead of Kenya Open.
Joyce Kamau carded an excellent score of 41 stable ford points to emerge the overall winner of the Kenya Open Inaugural Pro-Am Safari Tour golf tournament played at the par 71 Nyali Golf and Country Club in Mombasa.
Playing off handicap 24 on Saturday, Kamau used home advantage to hole five level pars against seven bogeys and six double bogeys in both nines to claim the victory and register her biggest win over a couple of years.
“I’m honoured to be the winner of this first tourney. I came focused for the game and the result has turned out to be the best ever for me,” said Kamau.
Club mates handicap 28 Sanjay Kotecha on a count back score of 40 points was the Men winner after tying with Men runner up handicap 11 Martin Wahome fondly called ‘Father of Champions’.
Handicap 19 Truphena Oyaro also from the club was the Lady winner on 39 points and taking the Lady runner up slot was club mate handicap 16 Teresia Odoo with 34 points.
Windsor’s home professional Rizwan Charania led his Amateurs combined team of Said Bajaber, Justin Kaburu and Riazalibhai to claim the team winner Pro-Am category on a round total of 82 points.
Sigona’s Charles Wangai and his team of Lemmy Kaburu, Pauline Gichara and William Kaguta on 81 points were the runners up.
Taking the third slot with 79 points were Muthaiga’s Greg Snow with his team of Paul Krijnen,Joseph Oluoch and Nimisha Shah.
Kenya Open Golf Limited (KOGL) organised the 18 holes tourney that was graced by the Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho, Speaker Aharub Khatri, Kenya Open Tournament Director Patrick Obath and among others the KOGL Chairman Peter Kanyango.
Thirty Kenyan professionals yesterday embarked on their three days hunt for the Sh1 million prize kitty which ends tomorrow where club captain Taib Bajaber thanked the Organisers for choosing his club for hosting the first led and assured the golfers of an enjoyable play at the course.
Kanyago said the tour launched at Karen Last Monday is a nationwide seven golf series featuring golf professionals playing for a prize kitty of Sh.1 million in each event.
He said club members, invited elite amateurs and elite juniors will also play where the winners will be awarded with various prizes.
“The Series is aimed at preparing the Professionals into next year’s Kenya Open Championships, which has now attained a European Tour status with an increased prize kitty of Euros 1.1 Million (Sh126 m) double of last year’s kitty.
Men winner-Job Kabochi-42pts,Men runners up-Joe Sang-41pts,Men third-Gilbert Maina-40-pts,Lady winner-Eunice Maranya-37pts,Lady runner up-Margaret Thande-35pts,Staff winner-Jeremy Ngunze-35pts,Team winner-PWC-Job Kabochi,Tim Siloma, Kange Saiti & Edward Kerich-105pts,Best 1st nine- Collins Too-22pts,Best 2nd nine-Brian Changangu-21pts,Longest drive men-Tom Mulwa,Longest drive lady-Patricia Ithau,Nearest to the Pin-George Kirathe;