Kenya Golf Guide

WELL OUT: Kellie Gachanga, comes out of the bunker during the Barclays Bank Golf Circuit’s Grand Finale at the Karen Golf and Country Club.


Sigona’s T. A. Khan posted 40 stableford points to be crowned the Barclays Golf Circuit champion during the event’s Grand Finale held at the Karen Golf and Country Club at the weekend.

Khan playing off handicap 19 also led his Sigona team to victory in the day long tournament that brought together a large field of 164 qualifiers.

He had three pars in the first nine, the first one on the par five third hole, the played two back-to-back pars on the par three seventh and par four eighth hole for a first nine score of 20 points. In the second nine, Khan sunk a birdie on the par four 12th hole and pared par four 13th and par five 15th holes for a similar 20 points in the back nine.

The top 20 players at the grand finale earned tickets to play in the upcoming 2013 Barclays Kenya Open Pro Am tournament on February 13 at the same venue where they will rub shoulders with top professionals from the European tour. Courtesy of Barclays Hospitality, they will also get season tickets and VIP guest passes to the Barclays Hospitality Tent at the Barclays Kenya Open.

The best 20 include overall winner Khan, Haren Patel, Sahen Shah, Anil Lalla, George Njoroge, Atish Malde, E. Mwangi, Sam Muraya, S. Muriu, Divyanga Amin, Eric Kabuthia, Joyce Wanjiru, K. Thimba, Simon Mbugua, J. Jaffer, Paul Kaguamba, Rufus Gichuki, PP. Nathwani, C.Chumo, and Karaya Karuga.

Speaking during the prize giving ceremony, Khan said: “I am excited with my win today. The tournament was great and I want to thank Barclays Bank for sponsoring the series because I have earned a chance to play in the upcoming Barclays Kenya Open Pro Am in the process.”

He added: “The Karen course is tough but I am happy that I kept my balls on the fairway at all times and victory was the outcome.”

Haren Patel playing off handicap 6, finished as the runner-up on 39 points, while handicap 12 Sahen Shah who also scored 39 points but lost on count back, was third.

Barclays Bank of Kenya Director of Compliance Laban Omangi said: “We at Barclays Bank of Kenya are ecstatic that the series has been well received. We were able to cover the whole country attracting over 2,400 amateur golfers. We are committed to support and develop the sport not only in Kenya but across the East Africa region.”

Handicap 28 Gordon Odundo was the guest winner on 38points, while Kenya Open Golf Limited Chairman Peter Kanyago scooped the guest runner’s up prize on 35 points.

The Circuit raised Sh700, 000 that will be allocated to charitable organization that promote social- economic empowerment and development through enterprise skills, financial literacy and life skills. bracelet pandora bracelet pandora

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