NAIROBI, Kenya, October 10-Three teams from the Vet Lab Sports Club have qualified for the Dasani Golf Gala Grand Finale.
A record 149 golfers took to the field to compete for the coveted opportunity to progress to the Grand Finale and have the opportunity to compete for the ultimate prize on the Gala, a fully paid golf trip to participate in the Coca-Cola Championship and the Gary Player Invitational in November at the famous Fancourt Golf Resort in George, South Africa.
Moses Wekesa, Douglas Wachira, Joseph Kisolo and Stephen Kamanda, with a combined handicap of 93-handicap strokes emerged victorious with a high team score of 113 stable-ford points.
Wekesa, the highest handicapped played in the team, playing off a handicap of 26, led the team with a brilliant score of 42 points. Wekesa started his round with an incredible 23-points on the first nine and he completed his round with a score of 19-points on the second nine.
“We all don’t play very much and I am sure not too many Vet players would have bet on us,” said Wekesa.
“But here we are, on our way to the Finale and onwards to South Africa. We intend to win this thing,” he added.
Wachira playing off a 25 handicap contributed 38-points and Kisolo, playing off a 22-handicap added another 33 points for the winning team aggregate score of 113. Kamanda, the team’s “back-marker” with a relatively “low” handicap of 20, was ironically the weakest link with an equally low 25 points.
The team of Paresh Shah, Birju Shah, Kishan Shah and Madhu Chotai finished in second place with a team score of 109 points.
Paresh anchored the team with 40 points, Birju contributed 38 points and Kishan limped in with 31 points. Chotai was the weakest link with 27 points.
The team of Michael Kinuthia, Yaswant Pawar, Arshee Kirshnana and Satish Shah claimed the final qualification slot with a team score of 108 points. Scoring averagely, the team returned scores of 37, 36 and 35 respectively. Satish was the weakest link with 26 points.
Among the consolation prizes, Anne Thompson was the best individual, not in a winning team, with an excellent score of 40-points, proving once more that qualification is a truly team effort. Sharmi Bhalla was the individual runner up with a score of 39 points. Joseph Kioko was the guest winner with 33 points, beating Kipchilat Kimaru on count-back.
The Dasani Golf Gala now enters the final stretch with five different events scheduled to take place at the Muthaiga Golf Club. The Dasani Golf Gala Grand Finale takes place on Saturday the 23rd of October.