Mariga sinks two rare birdies at Sea-Link, Kimemia rules Muthaiga course

By Maarufu Mohamed: Monday, March 11th 2019 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Golf
Mary Mariga makes a swing. [Maarufu Mohamed, Standard]

Mary Mariga sank two rare birdies to lead in the 2019 Johnny Walker and Jayne Githere golf tournament played at the par 71 Sea-link Mombasa course on Saturday.

Playing off handicap 20, the former club’s Lady captain posted 66 nett to win the overall title of the 18-hole tourney that attracted  120 golfers from the home club, Nyali, Leisure, Vipingo, Malindi, and guests of the sponsors with Valid handicaps.

It was sponsored by East African Breweries under their brand Jonny Walker in partnership with the Club Chairman Jayne Githere.

Mariga’s victory came after sinking two rare birdies at the par four- fourth and the par four-thirteenth holes against single bogey shots in the rest of the holes in both nines.

“It was my day and I’m extremely happy. Sinking two rare birdies in this challenging course characterised by strong winds from the nearby Indian  Ocean is not easy but  I have made it,” said Mariga.

Njoro’s handicap 20 Kinyanjui was the runners-up with same score while home club’s handicap 21 E.Nduati with a score of 71 nett finished third.

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At the Par 71 Muthaiga Course on Saturday, handicap 17 Evason Kimemia posted  69 nett to emerge the Men winner of the 2019  Captain’s Medal tournament while Sigona’s Alvo Ladha playing off handicap 12 was Men runners up on the same  score.

Home club’s handicap 25 Rosemary Mkok claimed  the  Lady’s title on  70 nett and handicap  11 Wilson  Mithamo on 71 nett and Karen’s handicap  17  James Wainaina on 72 nett  were the  Senior and Guest winners.

Anthony Irungu  claimed  the Gross  title after posting a one over par 72 gross and the Junior prize was won by  handicap 17 Andersen Chege on 71 nett.

At the Malindi course in Kilifi County, home club’s handicap 16 Silvana Franciolli  carded  an excellent 41 stableford points to win the 2019  Friendly tournament.

The event attracted 85 golfers with club mates, handicap 15 Alessio (38 points) and handicap 12 Walter Okoth (34) finishing runners-up and third.