Home Club’s youthful golfer Henry Kamau proved his dominance at the challenging Sea-Link par 71 Mombasa Golf Course in Mombasa County to grab the overall gross title in the Inaugural ‘Sotet’ golf tournament played on Saturday.
Playing off handicap 1,Kamau ho is set to turn professional before the end of the year carded an excellent three over par 74 gross to emerge the overall gross winner, a proof to other golfers that this was one of the best gross scores among others recorded at the course.
“The course is excellent but tough and one needs to balance your swing shot and the heavy strong winds blowing from the nearby Indian Ocean to the course, but am really happy for the win and ready to join the professional club, “Said Kamau.
This is the first ever tournament hosted by the ‘Sotet’ Golfers Association which is composed of golfers from the North and South Rift Valley and attracted a team of 150 golfers drawn from the home Club and other parts of the Country.
Prisca Chebet playing off handicap 20 returned 47 points to emerge the overall winner while handicap 21 Victor Ngari claimed the Men’s winner prize on 36 points and the Men’s runners slot was won by handicap 7 Martin Ombura with 40 points.
The Club’s former Lady Captain Glady’s Kasi playing off handicap 20 carded 42 points to win the Lady’s title, four points ahead of handicap 24 Eunice Kamau who was the runners up while Fidel Wasike playing off handicap 9 claimed the Junior prize on 24 points.
Handicap 19 Paul Koech was lucky surviving on a count back score of 36 points to win the Sponsor’s prize after tying on the same points with handicap 21 Willy Sang who was the runners up.
There was also the High handicappers prize for Men that was won by handicap 33 Kipkurui Korir on 43 points and handicap 43 Diana Nthiwa with 38 points the Lady winner of the same category.
‘Sotet’ Chairman Maj.Epapra Lagat said the tournament organized with a cultural background is aimed at promoting community engagement and fostering strong relations between various businesses, corporates and friends in the Coastal region and assured the Club that it be an annual event and even extend to the diaspora in the near future.
Club Chairman Paul Munyao thanked the Society for bringing the tournament to the Club and assured them that next year they will be more grateful to hosting it again.
Munyao mentioned the challenges facing the over a century old Club and called for the immediate attention of the Government agencies and other Multi sectoral stakeholders to assist.
He pointed out that a section of the golf course along the fairway number four is faced with acute erosion both from the nearby Indian Ocean and from the land and is eating into the course at a rapid pace.
“Apart from distorting the character of the course, the erosion contributes to increased siltation of the channel which will require frequent dredging, “said Munyao.
Elsewhere at Karen Country Club course, Collins Carded 41 points to emerge the overall winner of the ICEA Lion golf tournament.
However, Kithinji Kiragu found the going tough and had to survive on a two way count back score of 40 points to claim the Men winner’ slot, tying on the same score with runners up placed Kithinji Kiragu and third placed Dennis Makori.
Jacinta Wambugu was the Lady winner with 40 points beating Lucy Murage to the runners up slot by a single point difference.
The Guest winner was J.Rwambo with a two way count back score of 38 points after returning the same score with runner’s up placed Chris Isabwa and third placed George Kirathe.
P.Mukuria was the staff winner on 41 points and his colleague Janerose Gitari carded 38 points to sit second.
Club Captain Chris Pasha appreciated the Sponsor for the successful corporate golf saying the Club i will continue to be associated with the group in promoting the game of golf and bringing fun and creating networks for golfers.
The Sponsor’s Life Assurance Company Chief Executive Officer (CEO) George Nyakundi said the tournament was well within their strategic objective of customer centricity and continuous brand engagement and promised the biggest sponsorship of the year.
“This will continue to give us more opportunities to engage our potential and existing customers in the Nairobi region and its environs, “said Nyakundi.
And at the Par 71 Nyali Golf and Country Club Course in Mombasa County Coast Medical Doctor Rohit Devani recovered his winning tricks after over 15 years to emerge the overall winner of the Shell Golf tournament.
The handicap 21 Devani carded an excellent 42 points to emerge the overall winner in the day long 18 holes stable ford tourney that attracted 156 golfers while handicap 0 William Kaguta was the gross winner after recording a score of six over par 77 gross.
Joseph Kaguru playing off handicap 20 was the Men winner on 4o points , a point ahead of runners up placed handicap 11 Dahir Awdeer whole handicap 9 Jimmy King’ori was third with 38 points.
The lady winner was handicap 28 Rose Njogu with 40 points while handicap 25 Alice Wahome on 39 points and handicap 16 Teresia Odoo with 36 points were the runners up and third placed respectively.
P.K.Macharia playing off handicap 36 carded 36 points to win the senior prize and handicap 11 Vishaal Patel was the junior winner having recorded a score of 34 points.
The Vivo staff winner with 30 points and Guest winner on 36 points were Kevin Bett and Elizabeth Mose respectively.
OTHER SELECTED RESULTS
KENYA RAILWAYS GOLF CLUB;
Western Jazz Golf Day
Overall winner-Moses Okech (24)-39points,Men winner-Wasala Willis (12)-38points,Men runner up- Ndung'u Nderitu (28)-36points,Men third-Ibrahim Lande (15)-36points,Gross winner-Fidhelis Kimanzi (1)-77gross,Senior winner-Julius Kinyua (16)-32points,Lady winner-Lilian Migoye (35)-31points,Lady runner up-Perpetuah Wanjiru (22)-30points,Lady third-Rahab Njuguna (36)-30points,Junior winner- Semenye Jimmy (25)-34points.
VETLAB SPORTS CLUB;
Overall winner-Gulraaj Sehmi (10)-42points,Man winner-Jeremy Kosgei (21)-41points,Man runners up-Himanshu Rishi (24)-40points,Lady winner-Caroline Muguku (32)-39points,Lady runners up-Joy Ndonga (18)-37points,Guest winner-Nikhil Kriplani (11)-40points.
MACHAKOS COUNTRY CLUB;
Kenya Red Cross Charity;
Overall winner-Joseph Komu (23)-42points,Member runners up-Peter Kimatu (16)-39points C/B,Member third-Gen.Musumba (14)-39points C/B,Lady winner-Lydia Nyambeki (35)-36points.