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GACHERU AND MUTHOMI CLAIM VICTORY AT FINAL LEG OF SAFARICOM JUNIOR GOLF TOURNEY

Posted on Monday, 1st August 2022 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Safaricom Golf Tour 14th leg juniors’ tournament overall Boys’ winner Mwathi
Gicheru poses for a photo with his trophy during the Safaricom Golf tour Royal club
leg.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Home junior golfer Mwathi Gicheru and Windsor’s junior Kanana Muthomi emerged the winners of the 14th and last leg of the Safaricom Golf Tour junior tournament held at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club on Sunday.

With only three years in golf, the eleven-year-old Gacheru carded 77 points to emerge the best boy of the tournament. Ten-year-old Kanana Muthomi continued with her stellar performance to produce the overall title for the third time after posting 40 points.

“I have been excited to have played in this year’s Safaricom Golf Tour. It means a lot to me to win this amazing trophy at my home course on the last leg of the Safaricom Golf Tour. I enjoyed it, and I am thankful to Safaricom, as there are not a lot of tournaments where one can get such amazing trophy awards. I struggled a little bit with my first nine, where I was a bit scared as I wasn’t ready, but later I managed to better my scores in the second nine,” said Gacheru.

The last junior tournament of the season, witnessed 170 juniors participate in the event, the highest turnout so far, with 74 juniors showing up for the golf clinic, which was part of the day’s activities.

Earlier in the Saturday tournament, it was a great day for the lady golfers as they produced a stunning performance over their male counterparts to dominate the tournament at a very colourful and thrilling event held at the same facility.

Home player, Elizabeth Njau, overcame a strong field of 305 players to claim the 14th and the last leg of the Safaricom Golf Tour. The Lady golfer maximized every opportunity from her course to card 20 points in the front nine before returning 22 points in the back nine to produce an impressive total of 42 points, beating her closest challengers Wanjiku Maingi and Rebeccah Gikuru on countback.

The corporate tournament also ran alongside the golf outreach dubbed “Golf Mtaani”, held at Toi Primary School in Kibra, with over 50 young people getting an opportunity to learn basic golf skills from Safaricom’s golf professional trainers.

The Safaricom Golf Tour heads to Vipingo Ridge, Kilifi County, next week on Saturday 6th for the Grand finale, which will see all the overall winners, Men & Ladies Categories, and Staff winners in all the 14 tournaments held across the country battle it out.

To grow the sport among junior players in the country, Safaricom has partnered with the Junior Golf Foundation to tap and nurture young talent. The juniors can register with the Junior Golf Foundation (JGF) for Ksh1,000, which grants them access to play at any golf club in the country.

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KENYA OFF TO FLYING START WITH VICTORIES IN ROUND ONE AND TWO OF THE 2022 VICTORIA CUP

Posted on Friday, 29th July 2022 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Part of the Victoria Cup action at Limuru Country Club today.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Hosts Kenya had a bright start to this year’s Victoria Cup as the team secured round one and two victories against neighbours Uganda at the Limuru Golf and Country Club.

The perfect match of home player Dennis Maara and Michael Karanga of Kiambu beat Godfrey Nsubuga and Tom Jingo of Uganda in the first round (3/2) and 7/6 in the second round.

Team Kenya won the first round after beating team Uganda in all rounds. The second round was tight for team Kenya Juniors Njoroge Kibugu of Muthaiga and Nyali’s Andrew Wahome who were beaten by Joseph Cwinyaai and Joseph

Akena from Uganda 3 and 2.

The format for the first round was four ball where eight players braved the misty chilly cold Limuru weather with the first team of Maara and Karanga (Kenya) against Nsubuga and Jingo (Uganda) teeing off at 8.30 am, followed by Adel Balala and Sammy Mulama (Kenya) vs Joseph Kasozi and Michael Alunga (Uganda) at 8.40am.

Joseph Cwinyaai and Joseph Reagan Akena of Uganda vs Kenya Open’s sensation Kibugu and Wahome followed, before Ibrahim Bagalana and Dennis Asaba of Uganda played against John Lejirma and Daniel Kiragu took the course.

Kenya has won the event three times since its inauguration in 2016 whereas Uganda won the event in 2019. The event did not take place in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid 19 Pandemic.

We are ready for another win and to keep the trophy back home,’ said team captain Dennis Maara.

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