Griffin Owino triumphs in Nyanza Golf Club's Mug of the Month

Griffins Owino in action during the Nyanza Golf Club’s Mug of the Month of May.[Washington Onyango,Standard]

The Nyanza Golf Club, nestled on the picturesque shores of Lake Victoria, witnessed a thrilling contest as Griffin Owino clinched the Mug of the Month of May with an impressive score of 66 net.

Despite the challenging conditions brought on by the backflow of the lake and heavy rains that have pounded Kisumu in recent weeks, Owino navigated the tricky greens with finesse and determination.

Griffins Owino (left) receives his award from Dr Berry Odhiambo after winning the Nyanza Golf Club’s Mug of the Month of May.[Washington Onyango,Standard]

Reflecting on his victory, Owino said, “The conditions were indeed tough, but I focused on my game and took each shot as it came. The key was to stay calm and adapt to the changing course conditions. The heavy rains made the greens unpredictable, but I kept my composure and trusted my training.”

Owino's remarkable performance stood out in a field of competitive golfers. The event also highlighted a range of other winners who excelled in their respective categories.

Tony Nyambogo in action during the Nyanza Golf Club’s Mug of the Month of May.[Washington Onyango,Standard]

In the junior category, Tony Nyambogo emerged victorious with a score of 65 net, showcasing his burgeoning talent. Sidney Maina was recognized for his best effort, scoring 17 points, a testament to his perseverance and dedication to the sport.

Dr Berry Odhiambo (right) and his wife receives award after winning the hidden hole during the Nyanza Golf Club’s Mug of the Month of May.[Washington Onyango,Standard]

Dr. Berry Odhiambo had the honor of winning the hidden hole prize, adding a delightful twist to the tournament.

D. Chotai displayed precision and skill to clinch the nearest to pin accolade, while Dr. Rosemary Obara and Joseph Atito demonstrated power and accuracy to win the longest drive for women and men, respectively.

The sponsor categories saw fierce competition as well. Engineer Ken Nyagaga was the runner-up with a score of 75 net, while Seth Oburu impressed with a winning score of 68 net.

In the guest category, Benjamin Koyier and Jack Songwa secured the runners-up and winner spots with scores of 74 net and 75 net, respectively.

Jackson Ulira celebrates after winning Nyanza Golf Club’s Mug of the Month of May Division 3 category.[Washington Onyango,Standard]

In the Division 3, Jackson Ulira triumphed with 37 points, narrowly edging out Daniel Nyerere, who scored 36 points.

Division 2 saw Tabitha Ojwang claimed the top spot with 73 net, followed by Thomas Odongo with 74 net.

Division 1 witnessed David Omollo and Raju Bayani both scored 70 net, with Omollo winning on countback to take the top honor in their division.

Golfers pose during the Nyanza Golf Club’s Mug of the Month of May.[Washington Onyango,Standard]

The success of the tournament was made possible by the generous support of numerous sponsors, including African Inuka Hospital, Morab Group LTD, Mars Gas Industries, Jajemelo Pizza LTD, Pach Sportswear, Safaricom, Sosa Cottages LTD, Nsekos Kitchen, Sifabe Enterprise, EABL, and Jibu Water.

Their contributions ensured the event ran smoothly and provided a platform for golfers of all levels to showcase their skills.

Dr Berry Odhiambo in action during the Nyanza Golf Club’s Mug of the Month of May.[Washington Onyango,Standard]

Dr. Berry Odhiambo, one of the major sponsors said he is commited to the local golfing community.

"We are proud to support the Nyanza Golf Club and sponsor future tournaments. Our goal is to lift the standards of golf in the region and encourage more participation, especially among the youth.

“We believe that by investing in these events, we can help nurture talent and bring more recognition to the sport," said Odhiambo who has contributed massively to golf.

Griffins Owino(right) celebrates with Nyanza Golf Club captain Tom Odongo after winning the Nyanza Golf Club’s Mug of the Month of May.[Washington Onyango,Standard]

Odhiambo further promised that if everything goes well, he will be sponsoring a bigger tournament in the coming months with a magnitude of attracting national golfers to Kisumu as they seek to expose the region to more tournaments.

“We want Kisumu to grow. It is very wise to give back to the community in due time by elevating one of the most vibrant sports in golf,” added Odhiambo.

Nyanza Golf Club captain Tom Odongo in action during the Nyanza Golf Club’s Mug of the Month of May.[Washington Onyango,Standard]

Nyanza Golf Club captain Tom Odongo extended his gratitude to the sponsors for their generous support and encouraged more corporate entities to join hands in elevating the club's stature.

"On behalf of Nyanza Golf Club, I extend heartfelt thanks to our sponsors for their unwavering support. Their contributions play a vital role in the success of our events and the overall development of golf in Kisumu.

“I urge more corporate partners to come on board and help us continue to make Nyanza Golf Club a beacon of excellence in the region," captain Odongo emphasized.

James odongo in action during the Nyanza Golf Club’s Mug of the Month of May.[Washington Onyango,Standard]

Tournament chairman James Onyango Odongo added that the tournament celebrated golfers born in the month of May and they will be many such tourneys until December.

The Nyanza Golf Club continues to be a beacon of golfing excellence in the region, and the Mug of the Month tournament exemplifies the spirit of camaraderie and competitive sportsmanship that defines the club.

Golfers pose during the Nyanza Golf Club’s Mug of the Month of May.[Washington Onyango,Standard]

As Griffin Owino lifts the trophy, the golfing community celebrates not just his victory, but the shared passion for the game that unites them all.

With each swing, putt, and drive, the golfers at Nyanza Golf Club demonstrated their resilience and skill, making the May edition of the Mug of the Month a memorable and inspiring event for all involved.

Nyanza Golf Club’s Mug of the Month of May winners

Junior winner -Tony Nyambogo score-65 net

Sidney Maina - best effort -17 points

Hidden hole -Dr Berry Odhiambo 

Nearest to pin- D. Chotai

Dr. Rosemary Obara - longest drive women

Longest drive men- Joseph Atito

Sponsor runners up -75 net- Engineer Ken Nyagaga

Sponsor winner -Seth Oburu -impressive 68 net

Guest prize runners up-Benjamin Koyier-74 net

Guest prize winner - Jack Songwa-75 net

Division 3 runner up- Daniel Nyerere- 36 points

Division 3winner - Jackson Ulira -37 points

Division 2 runners up- Thomas Odongo- 74 net

Division 2 winner- Tabitha Ojwang -73 net

Division 1 runners up - Raju Bayani -70 net

Division 1 winner- David Omollo- 70 net

Overall winner -Griffin Owino- 66 net

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