NAIROBI, Kenya, October 8- The Vet Lab Sports Club will host the Dasani Golf Gala on Friday. This will be the 16th edition in the Gala’s 2010 season that kicked off in June at the Njoro Country Club and that has now hosted over 3,000 golfers from all over the country. The Vet Lab Sports Club, situated inside the University of Nairobi’s Upper Kabete Campus, is currently undertaking a major development project which includes the construction of another nine-holes on land that had previously been “grabbed.”
According to Vet’s Vice Captain, Njani Nderitu, golfers will compete over a “hybrid-course” that includes seven holes from the old design and two from the new course. “Although the greens at holes number two and three are ready for play, having been re-planted with Bent grass, they will not be in play this Saturday,” Nderitu said.
“Instead, the golfers will move from the first hole to the fourth hole, and after the sixth hole, now a par-three, they will venture onto the new golf course, play two holes there before coming back to the downhill par-three seventh, the dogleg left par-five eighth and finally the par-four ninth; incidentally the ninth now has a new bent-grass putting surface.”
Vet Lab’s unique hole-naming system has often endeared itself to the golfing fraternity, making Vet Lab one of the most popular golf courses in Kenya. The Devil’s Elbow, the par-four third hole, a risk-reward hole will unfortunately not be in play tomorrow but golfers will still have to contend with the challenging three Putt-in, the uphill par-four fifth whose tee-shot is over the famous “Somali-Woman” and a Nandi Frame tree dead centre of the fairway.
Action at Vet Lab will kick off at the crack of dawn with the first golfers expected to tee-off as early as 6.20am.
The final group of morning competitors will tee off just before 9am and the afternoon draw is scheduled to start at 11.45am with the last groups off at 1.30pm.
“We have a fairly crowded field hence the early morning tee offs,” Nderitu added. “This is however a problem we will not have once the development of the new nine-holes is completed by around January 2011.”
Three teams of four golfers each will qualify from Vet Lab into the Dasani Golf Gala Grand Finale which will now be held on the 23rd of October 2010 at the Muthaiga Golf Club.
The winning team of four golfers will win an all expenses golf trip to the participate in the Gary Player Invitational and the Coca-Cola Championship to be held at the Fancourt Golf Resort in George, South Africa.
According to the Coca-Cola Country Manager Kenya, Peter Njonjo, the winning team will receive VVIP treatment in South Africa.
“The victorious team will firstly participate in the Coca-Cola Championship, from the 16th to the 18th of November and then the Gary Player Invitational from the 19th to the 21st of November,” Njonjo said.
“As you may be aware, both events attract some of the top Hollywood celebrities and top sportsmen from all sporting disciplines; it will be a truly memorable experience for the winners.”