Kenya Golf Guide

STRATEGIST: Mambo Thieri lines his putt during the 13 leg of the Barclays Golf Circuit at Vet Lab Club on Saturday.


Before Saturday, John D’Souza had never won any golf event in his 16 month old career, but he stunned everyone to beat a large field of 237 players and win the 13th leg of the Barclays Golf Circuit at the par 72 Vet Lab Golf Club.

Playing off handicap 24, D’Souza who started playing golf 16 months ago carded an impressive 44 points to win the day long competition and lead a team of nine qualifiers to the circuit’s grand finale slated for February 22 at the Karen Golf and Country Club.

D’Souza registered four pars in the first nine for a score of 19 points in the front nine. In the second nine, he also managed four pars but for an impressive score of 25 points.

“I am so happy because this is the first time I have won a golf tournament since I started playing 16 months ago. In fact I got my handicap in September, it is a big step in my golf career and a sign of better things to come,” said.

He added: “I would like to attribute the win to my playing partners who really encouraged me after seeing my first nine performance and in the second nine I performed even better.”

Ian Maina playing off handicap 20 was the runner-up on 40 points and was closely by handicap 26 Dominic Ooko on 39 points.

Rosemary Otolo playing off handicap 27 had a round of her life time as she secured the ladies prize on a thrilling 44 points. She was followed by handicap 31 Joyce Murigi on 38 points.

G.K Okoth playing off handicap 28 emerged the guest winner on 39 points and was followed by handicap 7 Caleb Kositany on 35 points. Jeet Jopanputra playing off handicap 8 claimed the junior prize on 32 points, while Barclays Bank’s director of compliance in East and West Africa, Laban Omangi playing off handicap 20 emerged the staff winner on 34 points.

Moses Karanu won the men straightest to the pin prize, while Jane Wokabi won the ladies honours. The Men nearest to the pin prize went to Njani Ndiritu and Rosemary Kitololo registered the ladies nearest to the pin.

The team prize went to a team comprising of Joyce Murigi, Fernando Wangila, Cyrus Kanyi and Ian Maina for managed a collective score of 40 points.

Speaking during the prize giving ceremony, Barclays Bank’s Head of Internal Audit Ken Kamurasi thanked the participants for turning up in large numbers.

“This is a record number in our series. It’s the biggest filed, we have never witnessed 237 players at a single event and the participants deserve a pat on their backs,” said Kamurasi.

The overall winner during the grand finale will land a fully paid golfing tour on the expansive golf courses in South Africa, while the top 20 at the finale will get slots to play at this year’s Barclays Kenya Open Golf Pro Am.
“The pro-am is a dream for any amateur golfer where they get an opportunity to play with mainly top European professionals that grace the Barclays Kenya Open between March 6 and 9. Courtesy of Barclays hospitality, they will also get season tickets and VIP guest passes to the Barclays Hospitality tent at the Barclays Kenya Open,” Kamurasi said.
The next leg of the competition will be held at the Muthaiga Golf Club on February 8.

Vet Lab qualifiers: John D’Souza, Rosemary Kitololo, Ian Maina, Dominic Ooko, Robinson Owiti, Deepak Halai; Reserve-David Wahome.

Golf Park qualifiers: Godwin Karuga, Fernando Wangila, A. Kimani; Reserve-G. Mutulu. cheap nike air max 90 uk cheap nike air max 90 uk

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