NAIROBI, Kenya, September 27- Four Limuru teams through in the Dasani Golf GalaFour teams from the Limuru Country Club are through to the Dasani Golf Gala Grand Finale. The teams qualified during the 14th edition of the Dasani Golf Gala held at the the upcountry club on Saturday.
The team of David Mwindi, Gad Munyaka, Peter Gitathi and Onyancha Bwomote finished at the top with a team aggregate score of 110. Handicap-18 Mwindi led the team with a solid 39 points, Giathia contributed 36 points whilst Munyaka added 35 points.
The fourth cog in the winning team’s wheel, Bwomote, made his way into the finale without teeing up, having failed to show up, courtesy of his team-mates performance. According to the Gala’s rules, the team’s aggregate score is made up of the top three scores; however each of the four players qualify as a team to the finale.
Teams are allowed a single change to their composition and it will be interesting to see if the winning team will keep Bwomote on board as they strive to win the ultimate prize, an all expenses paid trip to the Gary Player Invitational Championship to be held at the Fancourt Golf Resort in George, South Africa.
The team of former captain, Macharia Gakuo, Wairimu Gakuo, Julius Kaiya and Douglas Ngumi finished second two points behind the winners with 108 points. Gakuo and Ngumi led the team with 37 points each whilst Wairimu Gakuo contributed 34 points for the team’s aggregate of 108 points.
Kaiya was the weakest link with only 29 points. The team of Kim Gakuru, Nick Nganga, Robin Njenga and Larry Wambua finished in third place with 105 points. Njenga anchored the team with 38 points, Nganga contributed 34 points and Wambua added 33 points. Gakuru was the weakest link with a commendable 31 points.
The final team to qualify was that of James Mburu, Edwin Kigochi, Patrick Kinyanjui and Anthony Wachira. The team’s qualification was courtesy of one man, handicap-26 golfer Kinyanjui who returned the rare score of 46 stable ford points.
Kinyanjui went on a rampage from the first tee, scoring a rare par on the long and difficult par-four opening hole. He made bogey on the easier second hole and promptly birdied the par-five third hole that plays downhill to an agricultural dam.
Despite drawing blanks on the sixth and eighth holes, Kinyanjui still managed a strong 21 points. On the back nine Kinyanjui made four pars, four bogeys and a lone double to finish with a massive 25 points for a total of 46 points. With this massive score in the bag, Kinyanjui literally “carried” his poor-scoring teammates into the finale where he will be hoping they can repay the favor.
“I was the prize horse for our team today and I reckon my teammates owe a favors after today,” Kinyanjui said. “Hopefully I can play as well during the grand finale and steer our team to South Africa!”
Kinyanjui’s score was the best of the day, however, the consoloation individual winner’s prize went to Ndungu Kaberere who managed 40 points. Waweru Thuku was the individual runner up with 39 points. Nkoregamba Mwebesa was the guest winner with 39 points whilst James Ndunda finished guest runner up with 37 points.
The Dasani Golf Gala now moves to the Nyali Golf and Country Club where members of the coast based golf clubs will battle for two qualification slots into the Gala’s Grand Finale. From the City of Mombasa the Gala will move to the Vet Lab Sports Club and eventually to the Muthaiga Golf Club for a series of club nights, their qualification round, a corporate golf day and eventually the Grand Finale.
The winning team at the Finale will win an all expenses paid golf trip to participate in the Gary Player Invitational that will be held at the Fancourt Golf Resort in South Africa. The team will first participate in the Coca-Cola Invitational at the same venue before joining celebrities from around the world in the exclusive, invite only Gary Player Invitational.