Kenya Golf Guide

John Karichu celebrates after sinking a putt at a past tournament.


Defending champion John Karichu of Limuru Country Club on Sunday beat Kenya Amateur strokeplay champion Daniel Nduva in the second hole of a sudden-death play-off to retain Sigona Bowl golf title at Sigona Golf Club.

According to Nation, the two leading amateurs in Kenya had tied on five over par 221 gross at the close of regulation play, and proceeded to a play off. They tied with a par in the first hole of the play off before Karichu parred after firing a four iron and pitching wedge in the second hole.

Nduva overshot the green, chipped back to about 15 feet and missed a par narrowly to settle for the second place in the season-opener sponsored by Kibo Sports Limited for the 20th year running.

Before the play off, Karichu had posted four over par 76 to bring his score to 221, while Nduva had fired level par 72.

“It was a tough round, particularly playing with Nduva although my game has been good since the December,” Karichu, who had double-bogeyed the 11th after dropping shots at the fifth and ninth holes and later at the 16th, said.

Nduva said his first round score of 77 after a slow play messed up his plans for the title.

“We had to wait at every hole in the first round, although I played well in the second and final rounds,’’ Nduva, who birdied four holes but against four bogeys, said.

Finishing third on 223 points was Royal Nairobi’s Dennis Saikwa. Saikwa’s club-mate, Jay Sandhu, took the first round gross on 74, while the second and third rounds went to Peter Rimui and Samuel Njoroge of Railway.

Taking the overall net title in the event which attracted a field of 140 was Keval Shah of Sigona with 219 nett after beating Deep Shah, also of Sigona, on countback. The 13-year-old Leo Zurovac of Vet Lab was third with a score of 222 nett. The round one nett title went to Limuru’s Brian Njoroge on 73.

David Bailey and Reuben Langat won the second and third nett titles on 71 nett each.

The second leg of the 19-event Kenya Amateur Golf Championship series will be the Mt Kenya Championship at Nyeri Golf Club on February 3 and 4.