Home Club’s Golfer Tony Wanyama broke his long time Course silence after being declared the 2023 Ultimate Hacker of the 5th, Annual Hackers Golf Tournament played at the par 71 Nyali Golf and Country Club Course in Mombasa County on Saturday.
The handicap 22 Wanyama who has not been in the podium for many years carded a count back score of 41 stable ford points to beat his member colleagues and claim the title in the day long 18 holes tournament .
Unfortunately all the golfers failed to sink a hole in one at the par three 18th hole to claim the Sh3.8 million worth of the Brand new Volvo XC 6O that was on offer from Kushi Motors which was returned to the Showroom.
“I prayed for good weather that was witnessed today and it was indeed a good day with excitement and a lot of fun playing with my four ball partners. Though I have not been winning recently and despite my busy working schedule, I did a lot of practice and training that produced these results, “said Wanyama who is the Outgoing Chairman of the Hackers Union.
He had tied on the same points with handicap 12 M.Walji who was the Hacker runners up while handicap 26 Edwin Miano on 38 points and handicap 36 Ejaaz Joseph with 36 points were third and fourth respectively.
Golf Park’s Sammy Mulama playing off handicap brought a one under par 70 gross to win the Best gross Prize.
Arvin Solanki playing off handicap 28 was the Men winner carding 42 points while handicap 18 Rajesh Kunverji took the runners up slot with a count back score of 41 points, same points with handicap 17 Ismail Gulamali who was third.
Zaituni Mohamed playing off handicap 19 survived on a count back score of 39 points to claim the best Lady’s prize after also tying on the same score with runner up placed handicap 24 Petronilah Kalee.
General (Retired) P.M.Kariuki playing off handicap 30 carded 41 points to win the best senior prize and the Best Junior on 38 points was handicap 19 Aydan Jamal.
Handicap 24 Grace Kwamboka from Mombasa Golf Club returned 43 points to win the Guest Prize and handicap 48 Eric Maina was the ‘Piga Mingi’ winner after returning a score of 13 points in both nines.
Handicap 30 Dr.Mukesh Shah with 48 points and handicap 46 Joan Kimani on 39 points were the High handicapper’s winners for Men and Lady respectively.
The event organized by Hackers Union that attracted a large number of 260 golfers drawn from across the Country was jointly sponsored by among others Kushi Motors,EABL,Original Assets,Vipingo Ridge, Coast Cables,Lucozae,Andy Golf, Tudor Health Care,Kericho Gold,Dankis,Contech and Members of the Union.
Outgoing Union Chairman Tony Wanyama said the tourney was regarded as the most coveted Golf tournament South of the Sahara and the North of the Limpopo and continues to attract more members.
“Hackers is an amorphous group of golfers with diverse members who have fun while playing golf and for as long as you never make it to have a slot to play big tournaments like the Kenya open, the group the place to be. The event runs every year in the Nyali Golf club golf calendar with its slogan ‘you shall never hack alone’, “said Wanyama.
He disclosed that they are planning to host the ‘dik dik’ group from Dubai as they explore more ways of making Golf and the tournament more fun and interesting.
Club Chairman Kamami Njoroge thanked the entire members of the Hackers Union for choosing the Club to host their tourneys disclosing that the event this time broke the Club’s course record with the attendance of 260 golfers that has never been witnessed.
At the Par 73 Kitale Golf Club course on the same day, Phylis Kisuna led her team of J. Jesang, J. Cheruiyot and J. Kisuna carded a combined total of 157 points to emerge the overall team winners of the 13th leg of the KCB East Africa Golf Tour that was graced by 100 golfers.
“I feel proud to be part of this winning team and we cannot wait to represent Kitale Golf Club in the grand finale. Now, it is time to work even harder and prepare for the competition that will bring together the best golfers in the country,"said Kissuna.
The team of N. Shah, P. Kusimba, M. Wekhomba and A. Kidiavai settled for the runners up slot on a total of 147 points.
The two teams will now join 11 other teams that have booked a slot in the Pro-Am grand finale event set for November 24th, at the Karen Country Club in Nairobi.
Edwin Ruto carded 44 points to win the Individual overall prize and Michael Chege with 43 points was the Men winner while the Lady winner’s prize on 43 points was claimed by Everlyn Cherop.
Scola Onsongo bagged the staff prize with 34 points and Lazarus Kemei brought 35 points to win the Guest prize.
Machakos Golf Country Club will be the next venue of the event scheduled on October 7th for the 14th leg as the grand finale edges closer.
OTHER SELECTED RESULTS;
RUIRU SPORTS CLUB;
Overall winner Paul Ngugi (19)-42points,Men winner-FR.Stehen Gaitho (16)-41points,Runners up-Kimani Munyua (21)-40points,Third-John Njenga (17)-39points,Lady winner-Julia Wangari (23)-40points,
Runners up Milka Karimi (34)-39points,Third Winnie Kamau (31)-37points,Sponsor winner-Nicholas Gotonga (25)-32points,Guest winner-John Omanwa (20)-41points,First nine winner-Cyrus Wakaro-(27)-21points,Second nine winner-Benso.N.Mwangi (25)-21points,Nearest to the pin lady winner-Shobna Patel, Nearest to the pin men winner-Harrison Mungai,Longest drive lady winner-Grace Miano,Longest drive men winner-Dr.Terra Saidimu.
KENYA RAILWAYS GOLF CLUB;
International Day of Peace;
Sponsor-The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC);
Overall winner-Lawrence Kinyori (24)-38points,Men winner-Moses Cheboi (20)-37points,Runners up-George Kiai (12)-36points C/B,Third-Tom Murithi (24)-36points,Lady winner-Eunice Kilonzo (19)-38points,Runners up-Night Doris (21)-35points,Sponsor’s Guest winner-Brian Kimeu (17)-36points,Guest winner-AMB.Fred Matwanga (21)-42points,Junior winner-Semenye Jimmy (25)-41points.
VETLAB SPORTS CLUB;
September Mug winners;
Division A winner-Tom Chirchir (11)-70nett,Runners up-Zackaria Koech (10)-74nett C/B,Third-Kepha Bosire (12)-74nett,Division B winner-Jared Osoro (17)-69nett C/B,Runners up-Mukesh Bector (19)-69nett,Third-Curtis Orenge (20)-60nett,Division C winner-Shitul Shah (22)-71nett,Runners up-Kamal Shah (27)-72nett,Third-Paul Nderitu (21)-75nett,Division D winner-Francis Ogutu (31)-76nett,Runners up-Nishal Siyani (44)-77nett,Third-Jayesh Chavda (43)-78nett.
September Pendant winners;
Overall winner-Margaret Kalekye (32)-73nett, Division A winner-Joy Ndonga (17)-74nett C/B,Runners up-Susan Ngure (20)-74nett,Gross winner-Agnes Nyakio (7)-84 gross, Division B winner-Caroline Muguku (31)-74nett,Runners up-Joyce Kioko (22)-77nett,Gross winner-Jane Wokabi (25)-89nett,Division C winner-Stella Orenge (48)-74nett,Runners up-Lilian Kanyita (43)-79nett,Guest lady winner-Susan Koinange (22)-72nett,Guest men winner-David Kyambade (21)-72nett,
Sponsor winner-Mugo Muchiri (49)-108nett, Junior girl winner-Navya Nagda (16)-76nett, and Junior boy winner-Ishan Samani (11)-75nett C/B.