Nyeri Golf Club Captain Joe Githanda posted 37 stableford points to emerge the overall winner of the Standard County Classic Golf tournament title.
Githanda, playing off handicap 16, posted 17 points in the first nine before adding another 20 points in the second nine to beat last year’s winner and club mate Baldev Singh on Saturday.
“I wish to thank all the players who participated in this tournament today, I must say I wasn’t sure I was going to win but who doesn’t want to savour such a sweet victory? I had a foul start even blanked on the outward nine due to the biting cold earlier in the morning but I later got my groove back. I also had a great team that kept me on the competitive edge and I’m happy I finally prevailed,” said Githanda.
Mercy Mburu, playing off handicap 22, carded 32 points after posting 15 on the first nine and 17 points on the second nine to win the ladies’ medal.
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Nyeri Club Lady Captain Pauline Kiguta, playing off handicap 32, was the runner-up after posting 31 points (16+15). She was followed by handicap seven Stella Mwangi on 30 points (16+14).
The men’s runners-up prize went to handicap 12 Charles Mwaniki who posted 37 (18+19) points. Dr Thuo, playing off handicap 23, emerged the second runner on 36 points followed by handicap 24 Nanyuki Sports Club’s Dean Weatherby on 36 points.
Joe Wainaina of Nanyuki Golf Club won the Mens Guest prize after carding 34 nett (17+17) with Nancy Steinmann of Nakuru Golf Club taking the second guest prize. Railway Club’s Eng Kinoti took the first nine prize as Hon Kanini Kega, playing off handicap 14, from the Parliament Golf Captain taking the second nine prize.
Margaret Cheptumo won the ladies’ longest drive while the men’s prize went to J. Muriungi. The nearest to pin prize went to Robert Mwangi as Standard Group’s Mose Sammy who was playing in his first tournament after training for a week, registered the best effort after losing out the staff price to Central and South Rift Commercial Team Leader Joseph Yego who carded 38 points (20+ 18).
“We at the Standard Group Limited as part of our Community Social Responsibility are committed to the development of golf. It is for this reason that we are partnering with various golfing stakeholders throughout the country in hosting the Standard County Golf Classic series which we believe is evolving into a world-class event in terms of competitiveness and organisation,” said Grace Kabii, Regional Commercial Manager – Standard Group Limited.
“Our main objective is to create awareness on our various brands both in print and electronic media, namely the Standard, the Nairobian, KTN, Radio Maisha, PDS, Outdoor, Game Yetu and Standard Digital as we also seek to offer them to you for your various advertising and news publication media and a networking platform,” she added.
By SAMMY MOSE, The Standard