Mathai wins Mt Kenya Standard County Series

By Mose Sammy: Monday, September 10th 2018 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Golf
The Standard County Classic Golf series Overall winner John Mathai [Photo: Mose Sammy, Standard]

Former Nanyuki Sports Club captain John Mathai is the overall winner of The Standard County Golf Series for Mountain region played at the par 72 course over the weekend.

Mathai, playing off handicap 12, posted a neat score of 40 stableford points to clinch the coveted prize during the event presented by The Standard Group.

Seventy six golfers from various clubs graced the tournament that was played under superb weather and using the stableford format of play. 

On the front nine, Mathai registered 18 stableford points, with a better back nine where he posted an additional 22 stableford points for a round total of 40 stableford points.

He defeated eventual Men winner Stephen Wambugu on countback.

Wambugu carded 40 (20+20) stableford points, while Nicholas Kiboi took the Men winner second prize with 39 (19+20) stableford points.

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He edged out Jediel Muriungi to Men winner third on countback with a similar score of 39 (20+19) stableford points.

“I played with a handicap plus two, Peter Mwangi and that’s what helped me win. If you also want to win, next time, look for a plus two golfers,” he said.

The awards ceremony was graced by Standard Group Chief Executive Officer Orlando Lyomu, Human Resource Director Nicholas Siwatom and Head of Corporate Affairs, Charles Kimathi.

Others were Commercial Manager Salim Bwika, Head of Security Sam Koskei, Corporate Affairs Managers Faith Rono and Chebet Kosgei, Mountain Region deputy editor Wainaina Ndungu and the region’s Commercial team leader, Victor Mwenjani.

Laikipia Governor Nderitu Muriithi was represented at the ceremony by his deputy John Mwaniki.

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Nyeri Club Lady captain, Jennifer Kariuki, playing off handicap 27, was the Lady winner with 37 (18+19) stableford points, while her club mate Jacinta Mwangi, playing off handicap 31, was second with 30 (17+13) stableford points.

Handicap 12, John Nderitu won the Guest prize on a score of 38 (17+21) stableford points, while James Wakibia took the Guest winner second prize with 27 (13+14) stableford points.

Noah Sillah won the First Nine prize with 22 stableford points as Sam Munyua won the Second Nine prize.

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