Spanish golf legend Ballesteros dies


MADRID, Spain, May 7- Spanish golf legend and former world number one Severiano Ballesteros, who underwent surgery for a brain tumour three years ago, has died at his home in northern Spain, according to Spanish public television.

Ballesteros, 54, regarded as one of golf’s all-time greats, "died this morning in his house in Pedrena (Cantabria)," TVE1 said on Saturday.

His family had said on his website Friday that he had suffered a "severe deterioration" of his condition.

Ballesteros was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour after losing consciousness at Madrid airport on October 6, 2008.

He underwent four operations to remove the tumour and reduce swelling in his skull, as well as chemotherapy.

Ballesteros will be remembered by the Kenyan golfing fraternity for winning the 1978 Kenya Open with 10 under 274 total score as he launched a career that saw him win The Masters twice in 1980 and 1983 as well as The Open Championship thrice in 1979, 1984 and 1988. 

Meanwhile, the all lady-team of Wanjira Kireri, Muthoni Muturi, Louisa Gitau and Betty Gacheru are the winners of the inaugural Ericsson Golf Day held at the Karen Country Club.

The ladies posted an impressive team score of 44 stable ford points, beating 138 other contestants.

The runner-us were Ericsson’s Byron Candel, Tim Chessari, Orange-Telkom’s John Conlan and Annette Martyres. They posted 39 team points.

The Men winner was Airtel’s Tom Indimuli with a score of 41 whilst Muthaiga’s Sam Mwangi was the runner up with 39 points beating Njee Muturi on count-back.
Karen’s Wanjira Muturi was the Lady victor with 42. Ericsson’s Rod Van De Werken was the staff winner on 37, whilst the nines went to Walter Onyino on 22.

The longest drive lady was Louisa Gitau whilst longest drive men was Ben Handa. Jonathan Ciano was nearest to pin on the 14th hole. Ericsson’s Franklin Juma was the pinga mingi winning himself a wheel barrow.

Congratulating the ladies, Ericsson AfricaCEO, Lars Linden said he was not surprised.

“I would like to congratulate the ladies and I do hope to see them at this same event next year, perhaps the men will have learnt something about communication by then,” he said.

Additional reporting by Capital Reporter