Despite shooting two blanks, Gracemary Karira remained cool on the course to win the Sirwo golf tournament title played today on nine-hole Eldoret golf club.
Handicap 16 Karira garnered a solid 41 stable ford points to claim the title after sinking 22 and 19 points in the first and second nines to emerge top.
She started well with a par on hole one par five dropped a shot in the second par 3 before she blanked on third par 4. Though she recovered well in 4th with a par on three, parred on 5th, 6th, 7th 98th and 9th to collect 22 stable ford points in the inward nine.
It was a bad start for Karira, who started the outward nine with a blank on 10th par 4, dropped a shot on 11th par 3, bogeyed on 12th , 13th and 14th pars 4, 5 and 5 and parred on 16th, 17th, 18, and 18th for a total of 19 points.
Karira said her win came by luck as she though the blanks will cost her but she recovery paid off.
“It was my day. I never imagined I can win with such blanks and I thank God it worked well for. All the holes opened up for me,” said Karira.
She beat second-placed Aman Gujral with one point to 40. Handicap 09 Gujral registered18 and 22 points in both nines before newly appointed Employment and Labour Relations Court judge Jorum Abuodha completed the podium with 37 points.
Nilesh Aggarwal and Amos Butit were first and second nine winners with 20 and 21 points respectively while Kericho captain Fidel Wasike won the guest prize with 33 points.
Aggarwal picked nearest to the pin prize on hole number 7 par three while Mathew Koech and Alice Chesire won men’s and ladies longest drive prizes respectively on hole 10 par 5.
Top five finishers
- Gracemary Karira- 41
- Aman Gujral – 40
- Jorum Aboudha- 37
- Jeypal Matharu- 37
- Livingstone Talel- 36