Terer’s prayer answered at Standard Golf Classic in Eldoret Club

By Mose Sammy: Monday, February 18th 2019 at 12:20 GMT +3 | Golf
Standard County Golf Classic Eldoret leg overall winner Peter Terer at Eldoret Club on Saturday [Mose Sammy, Standard]

Handicap 24, Peter Terer won the overall prize at the Eldoret leg of The Standard County Golf Classic played at the par 71 Eldoret Club over the weekend.

Terer, a Nandi County government employee who took up the gentleman’s sport seven months ago, posted a commendable round total of 42 stableford points to prevail over 100 golfers during the tournament sponsored by Standard Group PLC (SGL).

On the outward nine, Terer carded 17 stableford points which included three pars, three bogeys, one double-bogey and scratched two holes. On the inward nine, things looked up for him as he rolled in a birdie, parred four holes, picked two bogeys and a similar number of double-bogeys for an additional 25 stableford points to seal his deserved victory.

The course was challenging for both resident and visiting golfers due to what most of them blamed on the dry course conditions.

Standard Group CEO Orlando Lyomu tees off during the Standard Group Golf Tournament at the Eldoret Golf Club on Sunday [Courtesy]

Things were made worse if one’s shot ended up in the rough or trees that line the fairways and several water features including River Sosian which snakes through the golf course.

“I had a great round though my tee-shots were a bit wild. Luckily, I compensated it with great recovery shots coupled with solid putting,” said Terer of his win.

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“Earlier as I prepared to set out for my round, my club (Nandi Bears) vice-captain Simon Chepkwony asked me to pray before I teed-off. Something that I have never done before. I made a silent prayer by the tee-box. Alas! God answered my prayers with this major win after such a short stint in the game of golf. I thank the sponsors The Standard Group for offering me this opportunity through their great sponsorship.”

“I fumbled with my game in the opening nine since I hardly play here, but after familiarising myself with the course I had a better second nine thanks to my five and eight irons did the trick for me iced with a solid putting,” Terer said.

The award ceremony was graced by Standard Group PLC Chief Executive Officer Orlando Lyomu accompanied by the Group’s non-executive director Samuel Tiampati as well as Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Alex Tolgos and Soi legislator Caleb Kositany.

Others included top SGL executives led by Deputy Editorial Director Kipkoech Tanui, Human Resource Director Nicholas Siwatom, Commercial Director Irene Kimani, Managing Editor —Broadcast Ellen Wanjiru, Corporate Affairs Director Charles Kimathi among other top managers and staff.

“On behalf of the SGL board of management, I would like to thank all of you and by extension the North Rift region for the support we have continued to receive through the consumption of our various products and services,” Tiampati said.

“The Stakeholders Initiative meeting for North–Rift region together with the first Standard County Golf Classic here in Eldoret has been a great success and we don’t take it for granted.

“Hosting the two events at the beginning of the year in Eldoret, being the epicenter of the North-Rift region is an indicator of how dear this region is to us as a Group,” Standard Group PLC CEO, Lyomu, said.

“We believe that we can help transform lives through such interactions as we continue to churn out products that influence the way we do things as a Kenyan people while standing out as the most influential media house in the region,” Lyomu added.

“Our appeal as the County government of Uasin Gishu is for us to partner with Standard Group in showcasing the enormous and diverse, but untapped tourism potential that abounds in our midst through your various platforms,” Mandago appealed to the Standard Group management.

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