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Scott family aces Karen Dasani round

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 31- The Scott family scored 113 points to top the 13th round of the 2011 Dasani Gold Gala held at the par-72 Karen Country Club.

Father Hugh, mother Hilary and their sons Alastair and James mastered the 18-hole course to secure one of four coveted spots in the Golf Gala Grand Finale.

James, 20, the youngest member of the team, anchored them to victory with one-over par gross score of 39 points.

He made a birdie on the second, but dropped shots on the par-four fourth and ninth holes to finish one over on the opening nine holes.

On the back nine, James was erratic off the tee, securing birdies on the 11th, 14th and 15th and bogeys on the short par-four 12th and on the 16th and 17th for a level par score.

His parents, Hugh and Alastair played steady golf, scoring 37 points each for a team total of 113 points.

Alastair, a recent university graduate and easily one of the longest golf-ball hitters on the continent, hit it long and wrong throughout the afternoon finishing with a miserable 28 to claim the infamous title of weakest-link.

Defending his performance, Alastair said it was his dad’s fault. “I have been under pressure with my studies and my dad has been encouraging me to study more and play less,” Alastair said. “But I will come right at the Grand Finale and ensure that we win the grand prize.”

Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, Hugh, a consultant with the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, said his family’s dedication pushed them forward.

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“I’m absolutely grateful to my family. We stayed focused and in the end our team effort paid off,” he added: “That was a fantastic tournament here at Karen and we’re working towards coming back in the Grand Finale as the best.”

The team of Peter Kanyago, John Muiruri, Kingori Kariuki and Steve Waruhiu finished second with 112, one shy of the winners.

Kariuki anchored the team with 41, Waruhiu 38 and Muiruri contributed 33 for a team total of 112.

Kanyago, the Kenya Open Golf Ltd Chairman was the team’s weakest link with 29.

George Muturi, Joe Muigai, Ken Kubasu and Peter Waweru finished third with 107 with the latter also claiming the overall individual prize with 43 points, a 2-under par gross score of 70, probably the golf round of his life.

Frederick Kariuki, Joe Kihanya, Stanley Nduati and Irungu Wanyoike finished fourth with 106.

These four teams will represent the Karen Country Club at the Dasani Golf Gala Grand Finale on the August 27 at the same venue.

The winning team at the Grand Finale will win a VIP trip to PGA TOUR Championship, presented by Coca-Cola, at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, the home of Coca-Cola.

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