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Vet Lab, Ruiru stay ahead as golf charts way back

Thursday July 23 2020
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Mutahi Kibugu follows the progress of his tee from the 5th hole tee during the 2019 Kabete Junior Open round three on April 9, 2019 at Vet Lab Sports Club. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By LARRY NGALA

While some of the golf clubs in the country are still preparing to re-start the disrupted 2020 golfing season, Vet Lab and Ruiru Sports Clubs are busy clearing the backlog of events postponed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This weekend, the two 18-hole clubs will continue with their mugs after club-nite events and casinos during the week.

The par 72 Vet Lab Sports Club - whose course was described by the club captain Adam Nyaga as being in fantastic shape - is staging the June Monthly Mug sponsored by the club and which will be contested by a field of 108 golfers.

 “Our greens are back to their good old glorious speeds as it has been prepared in readiness for the resumption of the big events in August,’’ said Nyaga, who will be in action in the event.

Players drawn at Vet Lab include the growing number of juniors at the club like the handicap Krish Beiju who last weekend shot gross 78 for nett 69 to finish just a shot behind the A division winner David Evans. Evans posted gross 75 for an impressive score of nett 68.

Beiju, a Junior Golf Foundation member, will besides Evans, take on other top players like John Odhiambo, Maina Iraki, Steve Orinda, Amit Modi, Jack Mwangi, and Isaac Makokha among many others.

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In the B division, another junior Rahul Mehul will be leading the challenge in the crowded division which appears to have the bulk of the players in the weekend event.

At the Ruiru Sports Club, just like last weekend, a big field of 240 players was drawn to battle it out for the various prizes being offered. Among the players to watch will be the handicap four Chris Andrea, who last weekend fired level par 72 for an excellent 40 points, even though that score could only earn him the third prize.

Andrea has been on the range shaping up his game in readiness for the major events including national ones in the second half of the 2020 season.

His round last weekend included four birdies and a string of pars. Andrea will face among others, Ernest Waithaka - who posted an amazing 44 points to claim the men’s title in the Ladies stableford sponsored by Lady Captain Edith Ngugi where Fr Peter Kimani carded 42 points.

Leading the challenge in the ladies section will be Pauline Mungai who beat Catherine Wambui narrowly to claim the ladies top prize last weekend.


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