Despite losing to the hosts in the final round, Muthaiga retained the 2012 Tannahill Shield golf tournament at Royal Nairobi Golf Club on Sunday.
Muthaiga won the Keringet Water and Castle Lite-sponsored tournament, Kenya’s most popular amateur event, by the margin of one point.
But it was Western and Sigona who helped Muthaiga win the Shield for the fourth year running. They halved the hot charging Limuru “Warriors”, who needed at least 11 points in the final round to upstage both Muthaiga and Royal. Limuru halved with Sigona and Western for eight points and a total of 43 points for third place.
“We are most grateful to both Sigona and Western because had they been beaten by Limuru we would have surrended the Shield to the Warriors,” said Muthaiga captain Maurice Kanjejo.
In the fourth round, Muthaiga’s Ashwin Gidoomal and Evans Vitisia beat Royal’s Jay Sandhu and Eric Ooko 5-4 for the crucial two points as Mugambi Murwithania and Josiah Kogo beat Bhavnish Chandaria and Kumar Dhall (Muthaiga) 3-1.
J. Thethy and Quram Bhatti won by a hole against Rajesh Bhabra and Tanvir Sodi while the pair of Bo Gatundu and J. Syan clinched Royal’s last win by beating John Gitonga and Mwai Mbuthia 2-1 for 44 points, just one behind Muthaiga’s 45 points.
“We are happy we won the Shield for the fourth year running but my suggestion is that each team in the tournament fields at least two juniors out of the eight players,” said Muthaiga team manager Elisha Kasuku. “That way, we will be developing golf.”
Limuru started their fourth round campaign well with a 7-5 victory by James Karanja and Simon Mwangi, who beat Sigona’s Michael Njoroge and A. Chandarana.
This was followed by Francis Kimani and John Karichu’s 4-3 win against Sigona’s Imran Nanji and Nicky Patel. Sigona however won the last two matches to halve (4-4).
In the other matches, smart dressed Railway produced the fire works, beating both Mombasa and Karen 6-2 each to finish with a total of 31 points in seventh place just a point Karen and Sigona.
Western came fourth with 38 points. The popular Mombasa team which lost to Karen 5-3 and Railway 6-2 finished last with 23 points. As a results of Vet Lab’s withdrawal, no team this year will be relegated, instead, hosts Royal will have the option of inviting one team to complete the list of nine teams in the 2013 tournament.