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Gurbux Singh wins top prize at Nyali

Sunday July 12 2020
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Gurbux Singh follows his tee during the Ladies Invitational Golf Tournament held at Vipingo Ridge on February 2, 2019. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By LARRY NGALA

Gurbux Singh, a former chairman at Nyali Golf and Country Club, currently playing off handicap three, produced an impressive three over par 74 for nett 71 to clinch the top prize in the A division of the Johnnie Walker sponsored March Monthly Mug at the weekend.

Singh, one of the leading golfers at the Coast region, sank two birdie putts at the par five-fifth and at the closing hole of the front nine, though he also dropped shots at the second, fourth and seventh, to carry a one over score to the back nine.

He was firing well at the back nine where he however, picked up at the wind against par four-12th, picked up pars all the way to the par three-18th where he dropped a shot, for three over back nine.

“The course is in great shape as the weather has been favourable, and the maintenance has been ongoing’’ said Singh, who fired to the into the right green bunker at the 18th , to drop a crucial shot though he still beat Mohammed Khaku and third placed Abdalla Taib by four shots. Singh also took the gross title on his three over par 74 score.

Leading in the B division was Paul Krijnen, who posted nett 75 to win by the narrow margin of one shot from Farid Ismail and John Smith. In the C division, Kamami Njoroge carded nett 69 to win ahead of Rajesh Kunverji on 72, while retired Kenya Navy Major General Anthony Rob was third on 73.

Rashid Sheikh won the newly introduced D division where he shot 80 nett, while also taking place during the weekend was the Ladies Medal where Truphena Oyaro won the Silver Division title with a score of 76 nett, one better than Christine Ockotch, with Mary Kandu on 79 finishing third.

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Zaituni Mohammed won the Bronze with a score of 77, winning by three shots from Alice Wahome as Gisele Dhanji on 83 finished third.

At Ruiru Sports Club course, Dr. Joseph Karienye playing off handicap 19, combined 21 and 20 for his impressive 41 points, to take the overall title in the July Monthly Mug, sponsored by club member Polycap Igathe Kamau for a record 20th year.

 It was however a tight finish for the men’s title where Patrick Miitii with 38 points made up of 19 points in each nine, beat Fredrick Kungu also with a similar combination, on count back as Paul Mburu on 37 was third. Ben Ndungu also on 37 points, was placed fourth.

Salome Kamau had the day’s best score of 42 points to the ladies first prize, followed in second place by Grace Miano on 39 with Pauline Mungai on 37 taking home the prize for third place. The guest winners were Millie Nyaga and John Nduati on 39 and 38 points.

 The nines went to Samwel Otieno and Ambrose Njoroge on 22 points each as Fr. Nicholas Kamau and Catherine Gitonga won the nearest to pin prizes while Frank Munyua and Janet Mwangi won the longest drive contest.

At Vet Lab Sports Club, Chrisphie Owuor playing off handicap 11, fired nett 66, to win the A division title in the April Monthly Mug, after beating Amit Modi and Mark Karobia by three shots.

Club captain and former Nation Classic golf champion Adam Nyaga won the B division with an impressive score of 65 nett.

He won by three shots from Simon Mbugua. Abraham Samoei was third on 70 nett as Kennedy Ondieki won the C division title on 73 nett, followed in second place by Jeremiah Kosgei who beat Eddy Wakaba on countback with nett 74. Grace Waiganjo was the best lady with a score of 70 nett.

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