Golf Classic series in Kakamega: Kakamega Golf Club Captain Julius Oketch wins Standard County
GOLF By By PHILLIP ORWA | May 26th 2014
|Nick Domnick Makokha receives his present from Standard Group’s Judy Yego after emerging the winner in Junior category. [PHOTOS: PHILIP ORWA and BENJAMIN SAKWA/STANDARD]|
Kakamega Golf Club Captain Julius Oketch, playing off handicap 37, led his club mates to win the Standard County Golf Classic Series staged at the par 72 Kakamega Club at the weekend.
Oketch posted a total of 37 stableford points to win the tournament title that was last year won by his brother James Mundia who then posted 67 nett points.
Two two-over pars that he recorded on hole four par four, and seven par four and two-one-over pars he posted on holes three par five and nine par for combined with five level pars with two straight ones on holes one par five, two par five, six par four, seven par four and eight par five, was all the Kakamega Captain needed to register 17 points in the opening nine.
In the closing nine, he posted a single two over par on hole 13, a single one over par on hole 12 and on the remaining holes (10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18) for a total of 20 points.
“The Standard Group should consider naming the Kakamega Leg Oketch Family affair, Last year, my brother Mundia won the tournament and this year I have won, who knows, next year it might be my father,” said Oketch.
“I’m a good golfer and I expected to win even though I didn’t know that would be today,” added the captain amid applause.
In the runners up position was handicap eight Abraham Maichi from Nandi Bears who lost on countback to Oketch after posting 21 and 16 stableford points in the first and second nines respectively.
He was followed by John Anyonyi, also from Nandi Bears, who was playing off handicap four. Anyonyi posted a total of 36 stableford points after bringing in 19 plus 17 points in the opening and closing nines respectively.
Fourth overall was handicap 28 Isavwa Holland who managed 35 stableford points, while in the fifth position was handicap eight William Kamanga from Kitale who also managed 35, but lost to Holland on countback.
Junior winner was ten-year-old Nick Dominic (9 points) who was followed by Alvin Misango (6) and Myles Isavwa (4) in that order.
Kakamega’s Lady Captain Lydia Oketch, playing off handicap 23, posted 29 points to emerge the lady winner, beating Nandi Lady captain Irene Brooker on countback.
Guest winner was handicap five Karim Karia from Tororo Club, Uganda. He posted 36 points followed by his father Ali Karia on 28 points.
First nine winner was Charles Omega who posted 21 points as Fr Chisaka posted 19 points to emerge second nine winner.
Longest drive ladies winner was Rose Kurgat from Nandi while Joseph Anyonyi, also from Nandi, won longest men category.
Nearest to pin winner was Innocent Ondieki while the best effort winner was Kelvin Akhokho from Mumias on nine points.
Standard Group’s Kizito Namlanda said that the company was happy to sponsor the tournament at the Kakamega Club for the second time and thanked the participants.
“I would like to thank the big number of golfers who turned out for this event, the event gives us (Standard Group) an opportunity to showcase our products, Western Region has supported us for a long time through consuming our products,” said Namlanda.
“With the support the Western Region gives us we promise to come back should financial strength allow us,” added Namlanda.
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