Tanzanians struck back to retain the Nyali Bowl as the Ladies’ Coast Open tournament came to a close at the par-71 Nyali Golf and Country Club on Friday.
Handicap five Angel Eaton, the top player in the group of seven girls, fired an impressive 72 gross in the morning round and 76 in the afternoon for a two rounds total of 148 gross to retain the Nyali Bowl, the main event in the Ladies’ Coast Open.
She beat her compatriot Ayne Magombe (79, 75) by six shots. Kenya’s Josephine Ainley who was expected to offer stiff challenge to the visitors, took the first round honours with a round of 78. The other local top contender, Diana Munyao, took the second round on 80 gross.
Nyali, however, retained the handicap title through Christine Ockotch who posted a 36-hole total of 142 nett to beat Tanzania’s Madina Idd by eight shots.
The two nett rounds went to C. Ritchie on 72 and Florence Karimi who carded 71.
In the Bronze division, Rosemary Olonde returned a total of 187 gross to win, beating Wanjiku Ikua (190) by three shots. The Leslander Salvers was won by the pair of Diana Munyao and Eaton (289), followed by the team of Florence Karimi and Jane Githere on 290.
In the subsidiary event (mixed foursomes), youngster Mathew Wahome teamed up with Tanzania’s Eaton to post 41 points and win on countback from the pair of W. Wafula and J. Waigwa.
In third place was Diana Munyao and Nyali Club chairman Gurbux Singh, all who posted 41 points.
Last year, Eaton won both the Mombasa Cup and the Nyali Bowl. The Ladies Coast Open started at Leisure Lodge on Tuesday as US-based Josephine Ainley shot gross 77 to beat both Eaton and Ayne Magombe.
But the Kenyans claimed the Mombasa Cup at the links Mombasa Golf Club, where Jane Njoroge shot gross 75 to take the cup won last year by South Africa-based Eaton who is also a member of Tanzania’s national ladies’ team.
Action now shifts to the opening round of the KCB East Africa Tour grand finale on Wednesday at the par-71 Nyali Club, where a total of Sh3m will be at stake. The winner will take home Sh400,000.