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Golfers converge for Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge tournament

Friday August 31 2018

Ruiru Sports Club Peter Mwaura tees off during a past event. PHOTO | COURTESY |

Ruiru Sports Club Peter Mwaura tees off during a past event. PHOTO | COURTESY |  

By LARRY NGALA
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Ruiru Sports Club’s par 72 course a popular venue for some of the big corporate golf events in the country, will this weekend host the inaugural Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge Golf tournament.

This is the first time that the renowned international tourist hotel based in Naro Moru, in Nyeri County, is hosting a golf tournament which for a start, has attracted a big field of 195 golfers drawn from various clubs locally.

And club captain Peter Mwaura expressed his gratitude to Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge for choosing Ruiru Club for its inaugural edition of the tournament despite strong competition from a number of golf clubs.

“It’s a big honour for Ruiru Golf Club to host this tournament. We are very delighted to host the tournament and its our sincere hope that this partnership will continue to grow’’ said Mwaura.

He added that the course is currently in an excellent shape, something he hoped would yield interesting scores this weekend.

“For us, we are keen to engage and interact with our customers and potential customers who have supported our business so far, as we grow tourism in the country. We see golf as a good avenue to achieve this,” said Peter Mbichire of Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge.

Vying for top prizes on offer for the home players will be handicap 27 Chege Gacibu, Benson Kimani, (18), Lucy Kwendo (21), Ben Omondi (1), PN Mburu (15) and Antony Kamau (22), all of whom have been enjoying excellent form over the past few months and have featured in the prize lists of a number of recent tournaments.

Meanwhile, the nine-hole Kiambu Golf Club course, another popular golf destination in the local golf scene, hosts a special tournament to celebrate the 70th birthday of its senior professional Michael Karanga Mwaura.

Popularly known at the club as ‘MK,’ Mwaura has been a member of the club for a long time although he no longer plays active golf as a professional.

He has nurtured a number of golfers at Kiambu and Ndumberi Golf Club, among them Michael Karanga who is a leading amateur golfer at Kiambu and who also doubles up as the captain of Ndumberi.

A field of 120 players was drawn to battle it out for a number of prizes being offered.

Those drawn include Michael Karanga who shot three over gross in last weekend’s Monthly Mug playing off handicap two. Others are Michael Ngene who carded an impressive nett 68, playing off handicap three, to finish in second place, just two shots off the winner Julius Gathumbi.

Also parading for the top prize will be veteran David Ndirangu, David Kimani, lady golfer Wanjiru Karume, and Don Mwaura.

Away at Sigona, the Crown Paints tournament has attracted a huge field of over 200 players.

Action will also be at Thika Sports Club where a field of 150 was drawn for the Syngenta golf event at Kenya Railway Golf Club it will be the turn of the “Morning Team’’ tournament, an annual golf tournament sponsored this year by NAS Cuisine courtesy of Faith Githaiga in conjunction with the members of the “Morning Team’’.

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