Year Opener marks Kiambu’s first major event

Saturday January 13 2018

Kiambu’s Joyce Wanjiru follows her shot during a past tournament at Muthaiga Golf Club. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Kiambu’s Joyce Wanjiru follows her shot during a past tournament at Muthaiga Golf Club. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By LARRY NGALA
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Kiambu golfers mark the 2018 golfing season with the Year Opener tournament at the club.

The tourney is this year sponsored by golfers from Githunguri in Kiambu County who are members of the club.

Being the first major event of the season, the Year Opener has attracted over 100 players.

And among the players being mentioned with a possible chance of featuring in the prize list are Stanley Njoroge Mbugua, Evans Ngene, Njenga Mbugua and David Muita.

During the last major event of the 2017 season, the Wazee Hukumbuka, Joseph Muchigi, then playing off handicap 14, posted an impressive nett 69 to claim the overall title.

He will definitely be part of the players to watch in the Year Opener which will be the first of a series of events under the “Mashinani” theme.

The series will see members from several other parts of the country honour their roots through participation in the course of the year.

Other players eyeing the top prize will include some of the club’s leading players such as Michael Karanga, Michael Ngene, Steve Kiari, John Ngure and lady player Joyce Wanjiru.

The captain has also extended an open invitation to members of other clubs while green fees has have been waived for non reciprocating golfers wishing to sample Kiambu’s legendary this new year.

Meanwhile, it is also a big day at Ruiru Sports Club where members kicks off the season with the Vice Captain’s (Peter Mwaura) tournament sponsored by friends of the vice captain.

A field of 200 golfers were drawn for the event which club captain Anthony Kamau said marked the first of a series of big golf events lined up at the venue this year.

“We have a number of major events lined up this year at Ruiru and with the course in its best condition at the moment, this is a great chance for golfers to come and sample what will be the trend this year,’’ said Kamau.