Kenya Golf Guide

GET IN: Gill Recizac of Windsor putts during the fourth qualifier of the Dasani Golf Gala on Saturday. Photo By James Waindi.


Home player Kapoor Rajput posted the best score so far in the ongoing Dasani Golf Gala during the fourth qualifier held at the par 72 Windsor Golf and Country Club on Saturday, but the score of 46 was not enough for his team to win the event.

Playing off handicap 19, Rajput anchored his side to second spot with a total of 122 points, only losing to the eventual winners on count back. He dropped a shot on the first hole, a par four, but recovered with a par on the par four second before sinking a birdie on the par five third.

He dropped a shot on the par three fourth hole, had back-to-back pars on the par five fifth and par four sixth, but tumbled on the par four seventh with a double bogey, before leveling the eighth and ninth for a first nine score of 22.

In the second nine he started poorly with a double bogey on the par four 10th, but had level pars on the 11th, 12th and 13th, before dropping shots on the 14th and 15th then leveled the remaining three holes for a score of 24.

Prior to the Windsor event, 40 points had been the highest score, which was realized at Thika Sports Club during the second qualifier.

The tournament was, however won by the team of Paresh Shah, C. V. Shah, Nishit Haria and Dr Gohil on a score of 122 points. Paresh playing off handicap 17 had 41 points, same to handicap 14 Gohil, while handicap 16 C.V Shah had 40 points and Haria playing off handicap 15 was the team’s weakest link on 38 points.

Haria’s score, however, turned to be decisive as it was the tie breaker against the second placed team.

“Today everything just worked in our favour and I hope it will be the same during the Grand Finale at Karen Club come September 29,” said Prakesh during the prize giving ceremony.

The second team was made up of Rajput (46), handicap 13 Nashir Abdullah (40pts), handicap 19 Ali Merali (36pts) and handicap 18 N. Kassam who was their weakest link on 31 points.

The top two teams booked a ticket to the Gala’s grand finale. The reserve team was made up of Jawad Jaffer (38 pts), L. Khan (38pts), H. Khan (36 pts) and S. Walji (27pts), who amassed a total of 112 points.

E. Njenga playing off handicap 20 was guest winner on 42 points, while Alishan Merali won the junior prize on 36 points.

The grand prize this year will see the winning team of four players travel to Dubai to attend the Grand Finale of the European Tour, the DP World Tour Championships at the Jumeirah Golf Estates. While in Dubai, they will also have the opportunity to see Europe’s top 60 money earners on the 2012 Order of Merit battle it out for a 1.3 million winner’s cheque.

“In addition, they will play at some of the best golf courses in the region, including the Dubai Creek Course and the challenging Faldo Course at the Emirates Golf Club, a course designed by former world number 1 and six-time major Champion Sir Nick Faldo,” said Coca-Cola General Manager East Africa Peter Njonjo who graced the prize giving ceremony. air max air max

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