Handicap 22 golfer John Githui won the Great Rift Golfing Society (GRGS) Golf Tournament played at Nakuru
Golf Club on Saturday.
The home golfer Githui scored 41 stable ford points to win the most coveted golf events at the par 72 golf course shading off 120 other golfers.
Apart from just individual prizes, counties were ranked according to their performance with points from individuals representing various counties.
With his surprised win, Githui pointed out that though he was in good shape and fit for the tournament, he did not expect that to happen on that day.
“Am so pleasantly surprised to the tournament since he did not expect. The GRGS tournament was very competitive and me coming out as a winner, it was not easy. This is the great opportunity for the community especially as golf ambassador program that is transforming lives of young talented golfers. He promised to join the society and fully embrace it’s activities.
Githui sank 19 points in the first nine and 22 stable ford in the second nine to beat another home grown Esther Karuga on count back after tying on 41 stable ford points.
Handicap 10 Karuga played 20 and 21 in each nine ahead of Royal Club’s Paul Ichangi on 37 stable ford points. The handicap 05 played 17 and 20 points in each nine to complete the podium positions before ushering in Kosgey Kiplimo for 4th overall on 36 points ahead of H. Graham on count back with his 18 was in 5th place after carding 36 points (16, 19).
Kiplimo Kosgey was the winner of member’s with 36 points (16, 19) followed by Reuben Langat on 35 points (20, 15) before Stanley Kirui, the society captain with 33 points (17, 16).
First nine prize went to Charles Oloo with 21 points while second nine winner was Raphael Kimani 19 points. Longest Drive Ladies Diana Chemweno as Ben Handa won the nearest to the pin prize.
In terms of country ranking, Nakuru won the County Shield after accumulating 161 points led by Esther Karuga (41) Kiplimo Kosgei (36) Stanley Kirui (NGC) 29, Sir Morris Njue (28) and Kysto Sisenda (27).
Elgeyo Marakwet were the runner’s up with 148 points as golfers Stanley Kirui (33), Luka Cheserek (33) Diana Chemweno (28), Dr. Florence Murgor (27) and Nathan Tororei (27) followed by Kericho County in third place with 120 points from Reuben Langat (35) Victor Kidiwa (31), Josiah Kogo (30) and Peter Serem on 24 points.