Kenya Golf Guide

George Mainye of Kisii Sports Club follows his tee shot during the 16th leg of Dasani Golf Club held at the nine-hole course on Saturday.

Home player Charles Ondieki anchored his team to victory at the 16th leg of the ongoing Dasani Golf Gala at the nine-hole Kisii Golf Club and in the process booked a ticket to the tournament’s Grand Finale slated for September 29 at the Karen Golf and Country Club.
Ondieki playing off handicap 12 managed a brilliant score of 41 points, while handicap eight Charles Aburi contributed 38 points and Jeneby Onyambu playing off handicap 10 posted 35 points. Club captain Andrew Kombo playing off handicap 12 was the team’s weakest link on 31 points as the managed a team score of 114 points.
Speaking on behalf of the winning team, Aburi said they learned from their mistakes last year when the finished second and noted that they had put extra effort on the competition this year that saw them emerge comfortable winners.
“Last year we finished second in the same competition and it was a wake-up call for us, forcing us to return to the drawing board and here are the results today. I can say we have started our journey to Dubai today and we are going to dedicate at least three days practice in a week in the run-up to the Grand Finale, since we will not be going there to participate, but to compete. We have Dubai in our sites and we will give it our best shot,” said Aburi.
The second that finished the daylong event with a combined score of 108 points was made up of handicap 11 Cosmas Kebuse who posted 38 points, handicap seven George Mainye who contributed 36 points and handicap six Christopher Maato who who scored 34 points. Wycliff Ayienda playing off handicap 18 was the team’s weakest link on 22 points.
The reserve team from the Kisii leg consisted of J. Matara (39), G. Bichage (35), N. Netty (32) and J. Momanyi (23) on a team score of 106 points.
Handicap 26 Naftali Otuke from Vet Lab Golf Club was the tournament’s guest winner on 29 points, while Charles Aburi had the nearest to the pin and Kericho’s Virdee Gurdit playing off handicap three won the men’s longest drive prize.
Nicholas Netty won the first nine prize while James Matara won the second nine prize.
Speaking during the prize giving ceremony, George Nyandoro, the Kisii Bottlers’ General Manager Sales said 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 Nyandoro who vowed to accompany members of Kisii Club to Dubai if they won the tickets.
Meanwhile Kisii Botllers will be hosting their annual golf day at the same venue on December 12. Dasani action now moves to Muthaiga Golf Club next week where eight more qualifiers would be picked for the finale. golden goose golden goose

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