Kimani rallies to win Muthaiga Open


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By James Waindi

Limuru’s Francis Kimani came from behind to win the coveted Muthaiga Open tournament at the par 71 golf course at the weekend.

Vet Lab’s Robinson Owiti and Golf Park’s James Karanja were destined to win the tournament, that is part of the Golfer of The Year (Goty) series, after impressive first round performance, but Kimani sneaked in to carry the day on the final round. He returned scores of three over par 74, five over par 76 and level gross 71 for an aggregate score of eight over par 221.

The win propels Kimani to the top of the Goty series with 26 points, 6.5 points ahead of Owiti. Kimani has so far won the Mt Kenya championship in Nyeri and was sixth at the Sigona Bowl. Owiti was second on 223 and Karanja third on 224, while Windsor’s Farsheed Alibhai was fourth on 227.

Kay Mcillwaine during the Festival of Golf Series at Vet Lab. Photo: Correspondent

John Wangai, Paul Thuo and Jay Sandhu were tied in fifth place on 228. Muthaiga’s Collins Omondi, who led after the first round with a commendable two over par 73, returned a three over par 74 on the second round to stay in touch with the leaders.

On the 54th and final hole of the contest, and within two-strokes of Kimani’s lead, Omondi tumbled to end up with a low score of seven-over par 12 on hole 18 – effectively blowing his chances of victory. He finished eighth with 229, earning only 1.5 Goty points.

Machakos: Isaac Kalua posted 41 stableford points to win the Ukambani Relief Food fundraiser at the nine-hole golf course at the weekend

Kalua, playing off handicap 28, resisted strong challenge from 100 participants to win the two-day event that managed to raise more than Sh1 million for famine victims in Ukambani region.

Vet Lab: Njoroge Buchucha overcame stiff competition to win the eighth round of the Festival of Golf Series at the weekend.

The handicap 19 player beat a large field of over 130 golfers at the nine-hole course to reign supreme and also beat the course record after posting 46 points. He defeated David Mousley’s record of 45 stableford points.

Qualifiers- Njoroge Mbuchuha, Ho Young Shin, Kay Mcillwaine, Mukhisa Kituyi, Ajit shah, Mary Karano, Nelson Nyoike, Taj Thanwalla, Anne Mululu, Nakul Shah. Reserves- Mukami Gatonye, Madhu Chotai, Mohammed Musa.

Limuru: Handicap 13 David Mambo posted 42 points to win the Limuru qualifying round of the South Africa Golf Series. Limuru lady captain, Caroline Wangari, was the runner-up on 39 points after beating Stella Gathigia and Waweru Thuku on countback and forcing them to third and fourth positions.

Kanyiva Echaria continued the ladies dominance in the event by posting 38 points to finish fifth.

Sigona: Sob Hag Insurance Holiday Bazaar Golf day, winner- Pritesh Bhimjiani 43 pts, r/up- Philip Mudimu 39pts cb, Third- G G Ng’ang’a 39pts, Fourth- Kush B Shah 39pts, guest winner- Sonar Shah 35 pts, junior winner- Tejas Bhatt 16 pts, lady winner- Anjly shah 38 pts.

Eldoret: SR 64 Desert Classic, Div A winner- D Kimutai 71, r/up- Sanjay Radia 71, Div B winner- Kamal Shah 70, r/up- Adarsh Shah 70; Div C winner- Muna Patel 73.

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