Nyali Golf and Country Club’s Professional Golfer, Njuguna Ngugi, led his team of Limuru’s Jeff Macharia, Railway’s Edwin Guda and Thika’s Anthony Mwaura to victory at the Pro-Am event of the Limuru Country Club’s leg of the Safari Tour golf tournament today.
Njuguna’s team fended off a stiff challenge that was mounted by the team led by Ugandan Pro, Abbey Bagalana that came in second; and that of fellow Ugandan Pro, Philip Kasozi, which finished third. Abbey is making his Safari Tour debut this week while Philip is making his second appearance at the tournament – signaling the growing interest in the tournament across the region.
In the subsidiary members event, handicap 12 Limuru Country Club’s, Robert Barua emerged overall winner with 38 points while James Mbui, a handicap 12 from Limuru Country Club as well, emerged Men’s winner with 38 points. David Kitheka and Tim Njehia, both from Limuru, were runners-up in the Men’s category with 37 points each.
In the Ladies category, Laureen Gibson from Limuru emerged the winner with a total of 36 points while Grace Kimeria, from Limuru as well, was lady runner-up winner with 31 points. Gad Munyaka from Limuru and Sam Kairu from Karen were joint first-none winners with 20 points apiece while the Limuru trio of Kiragu Kimani (21 points), Peter Giathi (20 points) and Tim Njehia (20 points) emerged second-nine winners.
The main tournament proper of the third leg of the Tour tees off tomorrow at the same venue, bringing together over 40 golf professionals form Kenya and East Africa who will be playing for a stake of the KES. 1 Million total prize kitty.
The Safari Tour is an initiative of the Kenya Open Golf Limited aimed at preparing Kenyan pro golfers for the 2019 Kenya Open Golf Championship.