Four-ball team of Konzolo, Songwa, Muhando and Oketch triumph in Kakamega

Ruiru Sports Club’s Eliakim Maina. [Maarufu Mohamed, Standard]

Cedric Konzolo teamed up with Jack Songwa, Victor Muhando and Julius Oketch to emerge the overall team winners of the 2024 KCB East African Golf tour tournament played at the nine hole Kakamega Golf course on Saturday.

The four-ball team recorded an impressive combined score of 116 points to clinch the title beating 115 golfers in the tournament featuring golfers from Kakamega, Jinja, Tororo, Mbale, Royal, Kakamega, Nakuru, Karen, Nandi, Eldoret and Nyanza.

Cedric Konzolo, a seasoned golfer, individually carded 41 stableford points to be named the overall winner of the day.

"The greens were good and the fairways wide enough where we had an amazing four-ball, challenging each other to play well and that is exactly what we did. We are now very eager to represent our home club at the grand finale," said Konzolo.

James Mundia’s team of Kunal Chandaria, Maureen Mundia, and Ivan Poakas were the runners up on a combined score of 113 points.

The two teams have secured their places in the tour’s grand finale slated for December 6, at the Muthaiga Golf Club.

The men winner on 40 points was Kunal Chandaria and Lydia Oketch also recorded 40 points to win the lady’s title.

Eldoret Club’s Aaron Kitur secured the longest drive prize in the men’s category while Kitale Golf Club’s A. Wanjiku was the ladies’ winner in the same category.

Uganda’s Steve Kitamarike from Jinja Golf Club claimed the nearest to the pin prize and Kitale’s Edwin Chesum with 36 points was the guest winner.

The staff winner award was won by Victor Odendo on 35 points and Eliud Siganga was the runners up on 29 points.

The 11-month long series comprising a 24-leg amateur legs tour now heads to Burundi on April 27, before the Nakuru leg later in May.

KCB has committed Sh65 million towards the series tour that kicked off at the Mombasa Golf Club in January  featuring 24 counties in Kenya and four other countries in the East African region namely Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Uganda fielding two tournaments each.

The Kenyan legs of the tour includes Mombasa, Eldoret, Kakamega, Nakuru, Limuru, Nyanza, Machakos, Thika, Ruiru Sports Club, Kericho, Nyeri, Railway, Nandi Bears, Great Rift Valley, Sigona, Kitale, Kisii, Leisure, Vipingo Ridge and Malindi Golf Club.

The December grand finale will see 168 golfers from across the region grace the amateur tournament compared to last year’s 116 players who headlined the event.

Elsewhere, Happy Valley amassed a total of 380 points to emerge the Inter-County overall winner of the Mount Kenya Inter County Golf series played at the Thika Green Golf Resort Course (TGGR) on Saturday.

Handicap 27 Francis Nabuk carded 45 points to claim the individual overall winner’s title while handicap 4 Cyprian Bundi was the overall best gross winner on 74 gross.

Peter Mwangi playing off handicap 12 won the men title on 40 points  beating handicap 12 Ndiga Kithae to the runner up spot with a single point.

Handicap 22 Magdalene Mbugua who returned a score of 36 points and handicap 14 Martin Kinyua with 39 points were the TGGR lady and men winners respectively.

The lady winner on 41 points was handicap 17 Ann Kanori and Carol Kibanya playing off handicap 21 was the runners up after returning a score of 35 points.

Munge King’ori playing off handicap 36 carded 46 points to win the subsidiary men prize and handicap 46 Phyllis Ndiang’ui won the ladies prize on 43 points.

lNdika Kithae and Susan Hiuko were the nearest to the pin man and lady winners respectively while handicap 29 Jared Mirasi returned 12 points in both nines to win the best effort prize.

At Machakos Country Course on the same day, handicap 28 Vivian Kosegei survived on a two-way count back score of 40 points to emerge the overall winner of the Wakili Golf tournament.

He had tied on the same score with men winner handicap 28 Anthony Gitu and men runner up Mark Makau while handicap 4 James Ndunda was third on a score of 37 points.

Nancy Kariuki playing off handicap 13 was the lady winner on 39 points and handicap 30 Alice Abere settled for the runners up spot on a score of 34 points.

The guest prize was claimed by handicap 35 Lilian Loko on a count back score of 38 points after tying on the same score with runners up Anthony Muita.

The handicap winners’ prize for men above 29 handicap was won by handicap 35 Karoki Gathungu with 33 points and handicap 32 Vincent Musalia was the runner up with a score of 31 points.

Handicap 44 Gladys Titi was the lady handicap winner for the ladies above 37 handicaps while handicap 41 Ruth Mbeti brought 35 points to claim the runners up slot.

B.M.Mungatia playing off handicap 16 won the sponsor’s prize after returning 39 points while Joe Mboya playing off handicap 16 was the runners up on 35 points.

The senior prize was claimed by handicap 16 L.M Kamba on 34 points while Lucia Mwaniki went home smiling with the nearest to the pin award.

OTHER SELECTED CLUB RESULTS;

RUIRU SPORTS CLUB;

Njenga @ 40 Golf Day;

Overall winner-Suleiman Kamau (19)-41points,Men winner-John Njeru (21)-39points,Men runner up-Dominic Mathu (23)-38points,Lady winner-Catherine Gitonga (15)-34points,Lady runners up-Veronica Mwaura (27)-34points,First nine winner-K-Muraguri (16)-20points,Second nine winner-Ngumo Kingori (13)-21points,Nearest to pin men winner-Humphrey Njeru, Nearest to pin lady winner-Catherine  Gitonga,

Longest drive men winner-Conway Kibet,Longest drive lady winner-Grace Miano,Junior winner-Alex Ngugi,Guest winner-Tony Watima,Division 2 winner-Margaret Kariuki.

By AFP 10 hrs ago
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