Golf Golf

Khan leads Barclay series Open charge


HASHIM-BARCLAYSNAIROBI, Kenya, February 4- Series winner, Tanvir Khan leads the contingent of 20 amateur golfers selected to feature in the Pro-Am event of the Barclays Kenya Open.

The team was picked following the conclusion of the bank’s domestic Golf Circuit Grand Finale last weekend at the Karen Golf Club.

Sigona Golf Club Member, Khan, managed to card a total of 40 Stableford points to win the series title.

Buoyed by perfect weather and excellent conditions on the 18-hole Karen Golf Club, Khan, a handicap 19 player, managed to claim the top prize from a strong field of 164 qualifiers earlier picked from the series play-offs countrywide.

Haren Patel, Sahen Shah, Anil Lalla, George Njoroge, Atish Malde, E. Mwangi and Sam Muraya are other members of the squad.

S. Muriu, Divyanga Amin, Eric Kabuthia, Joyce Wanjiru, K. Thimba, Simon Mbugua, J. Jaffer, Paul Kaguamba, Rufus Gichuki, PP. Nathwani, C.Chumo, and Karaya Karuga complete the line-up.

“I am excited of my win today. The tournament was enjoyable and I want to thank the bank for sponsoring this series, which has earned me a slot to play in the upcoming Pro Am 2013. Karen Golf club is a tough course but I am happy that I kept my balls to the fairways which earned me this prize,” the winner said

“We are ecstatic that the series has been well received. We were able to cover the whole country attracting over 2,400 amateur golfers. We are committed to support and develop the sport not only in Kenya but across the East Africa region,” the bank’s country director of compliance Laban Omagi underscored.

Gertrudes Hospital CEO Gordon Odundo emerged the guest winner, playing off handicap 28 scoring 38 points, whereas Kenya Golf Union Chairman Peter Kanyago scooped the guest runner’s up with 35.

Tabitha Muhinga claimed the staff prize after carding 36 points.

Throughout the Golf Circuit, Barclays Bank has also managed to raise funds in aid of charitable organisations that promote socio-economic empowerment and development through enterprise skills, financial literacy and life skills.