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Big fields expected at VetLab and Ruiru monthly mugs

Thursday July 30 2020
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Chris Andrea tees-off from the first tee during Safari Golf Tour Round Two on January 14, 2019 at Muthaiga Golf Club. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By LARRY NGALA

After several close misses in the on-going monthly mugs, Ruiru Sports Club Champion Chris Andrea appears set for his first mug title this year as he leads a field of 216 players in hunt of the May Monthly Mug this weekend.

The Tanzanian-born Andrea currently playing off handicap three, shot level par 72 last weekend, to claim the gross title while during the Ladies stableford points event.

The 25-year-old Andrea also fired level par 72 for 40 points to win the gross title.

“Apart from the gross titles, I have not won any A division mug title this year though I have been very close to it. I have been practising daily as I was preparing for the Kenya Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC) events before they were suspended because of the coronavirus,’’ said Andrea, a product of the late legendary professional Charles Farrar who discovered Andrea and other juniors like current Tanzania champion Victor Joseph and Aman Said at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club.

“My game is good at the moment as I am able to reach the greens on regulation though I am working on my short game and putting. The course at the moment is in great shape if one stays on the fairways,’’ added Andrea who will be facing players like Jessy Ndegwa, Eliakim Maina, Isaac Nguku, David Mwangi and Fr. Peter Kimani all of whom have been in great form lately.

During last weekend’s April Mug, Ndegwa who is also the club’s Vice Captain, posted seven over par 79 gross for nett 65 to beat Eliakim Maina by the narrow margin of one shot. In the ladies section, the fight will be between Tabitha Kiragu, Ruth Kamau and Pauline Mungai.

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Meanwhile the campaign to clear the monthly mugs backlog at the par 72 VetLab Sports Club continues with this weekend’s July Mug being combined with the Ladies Medal No 4, bringing a  field of 132 though some post entries are still available.

During the last club mug this week, Jack Mwangi, George Kingori Kariuki and Francis Wahome played well, and are likely to face the on-form David Evans, and the youngster Krish Beiju who has also been featuring in the prize list in most of the monthly Mugs.

Leading the field in the Ladies Medal will be the handicap five Mercy Nyanchama who shot gross 79 for nett 74 during the June Monthly mug, and if still on form, she may be the player to beat this weekend.

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