Nairobi’s team was up by six shots at the close of round one on Friday morning in the on-going Moses Tanui inter-regional junior golf tournament at the nine-hole Eldoret Golf Club course.
The two girls from the Africa Golf Program formerly Rose Naliaka Foundation, Loise Akinyi and Ashley Awuor, shot net 71 each while Muthaiga’s Zubair Khan posted nett 75. Simon Ngugi of Thika fired 76 for the day’s 290 nett which saw the Nairobi juniors move to the top with a two rounds total of 602.
During the opening round played on Thursday, Nairobi had carded 312 to close the day in second place behind the Mixed Team which had set the pace on 309. Akinyi and Khan had posted 75 nett each while Steve Orinda and Ashley Awuor contributed 80 and 82 nett respectively. The Mixed team had combined two 78 of Mideva and Emmanuel Njugu and David Macharia and Karen Anyango’s 74.
However during the second round on Friday morning, the Nairobi boys and girls team which is made up of some experienced juniors, turned on the heat firing brilliant scores to eventually grab the lead ahead of the third round which was still on at the time of going to press.
Their lead left the Mixed team made up of extra players from Nairobi and Nakuru in second place with a total of 608 after posting 299 nett which was contributed by Karen Anyango (75), Doris Mideva (73), Emmanuel Njugu (75) and Faith Ontune who carded net 76.
Hosts Eldoret remained in the third place this time with a total of 642 having posted 313 in the second round while in fourth place was Nakuru which posted 331 in the second round for a total of 672.
The fourth and final round is set for Saturday morning followed by the prize giving ceremony in the evening. The event is being hosted by former Boston Marathon champion Tanui who is also the Junior Golf Foundation (JGF) North Rift representative.