Patrick Kingori, one of the leading amateur golfers at Thika Sports Club, put up a brave fight against single-figure handicap opponents to win the fourth edition of the annual Kahawa Sukari golf tournament at the weekend.
The handicap four Kingori bogeyed the sixth and seventh holes and wound up the nine with a birdie at the par five-ninth for 19 points in the first nine.
He started his campaign in the back nine with a bogey at the par five-10th, dropped two shots at the other par five-(15th) but two birdies in between( 11th, 14th) saw him close with another 19 for a total of 38 points.
He beat men’s winner Peter Ruku and Simon Ngugi (8) by a point. Ruku double-bogeyed five holes and eight single bogeys for 37 points, same as Ngugi who birdied the first hole, made 10 pars with six bogeys and a double to finish second. Finishing in third place with 36 points was Simon Mburu.
The ladies title went to Linda Kinyua on 36, beating Jessica Kimathi by a point
The sponsors were led by Nicholas Kabare who carded 32 points, to win on countback from Paul Kamau Waweru while Samuel Chege Muiruri was third on 31 points, after beating Moses Mburu on countback.
The two nines went to Charles Wachira and Kimani Guchu on 20 points each. In the guest category, J.K. Mwangi from Karen carded 38 points to win ahead of A. Mishra (35) as handicap six Watson Burugu clinched the gross title with a score of six over par 78.
At Royal Nairobi, handicap 23 Kibet Keino won the Mulembe Golfing Society tournament with 40 points. He won after beating handicap eight Mandhi Sehmi on countback and third-placed Hasmukh Chudasama on countback.
Taking the men’s prize was E. Koech on 37 points after beating Muthaiga’s Evans Vitisia on countback. Bahati Morara was the best lady with 34 points, one better than Njeri Onyango on 33 points.
In the senior category, Mary Cox carded 32 to beat Otieno Aboka by one point. Leading the Mulembe members men was Nick Malesi on 31 after a countback with H. Ikhokoro 31.
Rosemary Angote clinched the ladies title on 30 points. At Eldoret, Edwin Mudanyi of Vet Lab carded rounds of 71 and 73 for 144 gross to win the Manchester Salver tournament.
He won by a shot from Ben Omondi who had posted 73, and 74 for 147.