Kenya Golf Guide

The CEO of Pan Africa Life Insurance Tom Gitogo follows his tee shot at the Nanyuki Club. He won the staff prize.


Mark Kirimi was the winner of the Pan Africa Life Golf Challenge first leg at the par 72 Nanyuki sports Club in Nanyuki, playing in rainy conditions on the slopes of Mt. Kenya. Kirimi, a handicap-28 golfer opened his round with a scratch on the par four – 1st and 2nd holes but improved on the short par -3 third hole to make par. The champion dropped shots from the 4th to the 9th to finish with 19 stable ford points on the first nine.

On the back nine, he recovered on the 10th hole and made par ;  dropped shots on the 11th to 12th; was quickly followed by par on the 13th hole. Kirimi was however unable to make par on the closing stretch, dropping  shots from the 14th to the 18th to finish with 20 stable ford points and a total of 39 points. Commenting after his round, Kirimi said the golf course was playing tough. “The rains in Nanyuki have made the course very lush and as a result it is playing long; the rough is also unforgiving and the greens slightly slower than normal due to the weather,” Kirimi said. “I played conservatively, kept the ball out of trouble and I am glad to be crowned the first champion of the Pan Africa Life Golf Challenge.”

Erastus Wanjohi, a solid handicap-15 golfer finished second with 38 points. Gabriel M. Miungi finished third with 37 points. The handicap-14 golfer secured 18 points on the front nine and 19 points on the back nine.

Lady golfer Ann McConnell was the lady winner. Ann, a handicap-19 golfer scored 17 points on the opening nine but was unable to repeat the feat on the closing nine, finishing with 15 points to beat Hellen Kurutu on count back. Her total of 32points was however sufficient for the lady winner’s crown.

Tom Gitogo, Pan Africa Life CEO was the Staff winner with 37 points. Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, Gitogo congratulated the Nanyuki Club for putting together a great event. “On behalf of Pan Africa Life, I would like to thank Nanyuki Club for making this first event of the Pan Africa Life Golf memorable. To the winners, congratulations and well done.” The golfers were drawn from—Nyahururu, Nyeri and host Nanyuki.

This was the first of the six series launched last week in Nairobi that will be played around the country. From Nanyuki, the Challenge will move to Eldoret Golf Club on the 11th of May, Nakuru Golf Club will host the PAN AFRICA LIFE GOLF CHALLENGE on 8th of June and East to the Nyali Golf and Country Club on the 13th of July 2013.The grand finale will be held  in September  at the Muthaiga Golf Club.

The overall winner of the PAN AFRICA LIFE GOLF CHALLANGE will win an all expenses paid trip to participate in the 2013 SANLAM CANCER CHALLENGE that will be held at the Sun City Golf Resort from the 21st to 22nd of October 2013. golden goose golden goose

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