NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 26- Former Muthaiga Golf Club Chairman Kanyi Gachoka won a Sh1mn prize after sinking a magnificent hole-in-one at the par 72 Muthaiga club over the weekend during the Britaim 50th anniversary celebration golf tournament.
The company had designated the par 3, 150 yards 13th hole as the hole in one with a million-shilling prize tag for its 50th anniversary corporate golf tournament. Not knowing that lady luck was smiling at him on this day, Kanyi came with a few shillings and took to the course with his four-ball.
“We were having a great four-ball time on the course when we reached the 13th where I had short a hole in one some 8 months ago. One of my four-ball said it was a fluke. I kept quiet, took my 7 iron and sunk that ball right in. I’m amazed that I have done it again,” said Kanyi.
The overall winner was Kieni MP Hon. Kanini Kega with a superb 42 stable ford points. Playing on handicap 14, Kanini shot a convincing 19 points in the front nine before concluding the afternoon with a superb 23 points in the back nine.
“I was to play H.E. the Governor of Nairobi but I got held up and he teed off earlier than me. My four-ball was great, I am delighted since I have not been on this podium for a while and it feels good to win this tournament today,” said Kanini.
The men winner position went to Duncan Mwaniki playing handicap 17 with a superb 42 stable ford points of 22 in the front nine and 20 in the back nine.
Kenya Golf Union chairman Anthony Muhoro playing handicap 6 took the men runner up position with 41 stable ford points of 18 and 23 points in the first and second nine respectively.
A large field of 231 golfers took to the course at Muthaiga Golf club for the tournament.
Muthaiga Golf club’s Irene Auma won the ladies’ tournament. Playing off handicap 26 she shot 18 points in the first nine and followed it with a strong 20 points in the second nine for a total of 38 points.
Susan Kanyoro took second spot playing handicap 12, carding 17 in first nine and 19 points in the second nine for a gross 36 points after count back.
Joe Muchekehu playing off handicap 8 took the staff winner position with 42 stableford points of 17 and 25 in both front and back nine respectively. Britam CEO Benson Wairegi was second after shooting a satisfactory 38 points of 19 in the front and 19 at the back.
“This is our 50th anniversary and we are delighted that we have come this far through the support that Kenyans continue to offer this company. Our support for golf in Kenya is an ongoing endeavor and we will continue to engage with golfers across the country,” said Wairegi.