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Machakos Golf Club hosts KPA series opener

Thursday February 15 2018

Tony Omuli follows the progress of his tee shot from the 10th tee during the 2018 Kenya Open qualifiers on January 15, 2018 at Muthaiga Golf Club. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Tony Omuli follows the progress of his tee shot from the 10th tee during the 2018 Kenya Open qualifiers on January 15, 2018 at Muthaiga Golf Club. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By LARRY NGALA
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Machakos is where the top action will be on the local golf scene this weekend as the nine-hole Machakos Golf Club course, which hosted the “King of the Course" year opener last month, is the venue of the Kenya Ports Authority corporate tournament.

This is the first in the KPA golf series this year. And like last year, the weekend event has attracted a huge field of 170 players, more than the nine-hole course can accommodate.

Though the club has hosted such big fields before, but has asked players to strictly adhere to their teeing off times. KPA managing director Catherine Mturi Wairi, who will be leading a strong team of directors and senior managers, says the event is being held to thank Machakos County customers who have been using the port of Mombasa.

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The big field includes some of the country’s professionals such as Tony Omuli, Joseph Karanja, David Wakhu and Jacob Okello from Golf Park and local pro John Kiondo.

From Mombasa, besides staff players Charles Odoo, Terry Odoo, and Yobesh Oyaro, the contingent will include Nyali vice chairman and immediate past captain Jon Stokes, and his wife Susan who is also the vice lady captain at Nyali.

Leading the hunt for the overall title with be the “King of The Course” Adelbert Omooria, James Ndunda, Jackson Nzioki and Dee Kivuva, among others. Going for the guest prize will be Kenya Golf Union committee member Ben Omuodo and Muthaiga’s James Ondigo.

At Ruiru Sports Club, a group of seven corporate organizations operating under the MIG (Mavuno Investment Group) banner will sponsor the inaugural MIG corporate golf tournament which has attracted a field of 160 players. Club Captain Anthony Kamau said: “We are expecting a tough competition among the home and visiting golfers, particularly with the course in great shape at the moment.”

At Ndumberi, popularly known as “St Andrews”, a field of 50 golfers, including some from Ndumberi and Kiambu, were drawn for the Njogu wa Njoroge tournament being sponsored by popular Radio presenter Njogu wa Njoroge, a member of Kiambu Golf Club.

Away in Limuru, over 200 players will be battling it out for a number of prizes in the third leg of the 2018 Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve series, while the ladies will be at Sigona for the Ladies Open.