Vet Lab’s Edwin Mudanyi swung into victory during Nyali Open golf tournament, which was the last meeting of Golfer Of the Year (GOTY) over the weekend played at par 71 Nyali Golf and Country club course.
The three day event brought together top amateur golfers in the Kenya Golf Union (KGU) event as the youngster beat against the odds to lift the title in style after carding one over 214.
Playing under hot weather in the coast based club, golfers battled out in the 54 hole on the weekend event where Mudanyi played four over 75 on opening day, after teeing off alongside home based Mathew Wahome and Railway’s George Felix on Friday.
On Saturday, Mudanyi played one over 72 playing alongside Royal club’s Kenneth Bollo and home grown Daniel Nduva before winding up on Sunday with Nduva and Wahome again and he won against them after playing five under 67 to win the title.
“There was too much heat but I had to withstand it to do my best. I must admit that the course was organized and the greens were flowing too well,” said Mudanyi.
He added that the weekend’s putting was at its best and winning was great, since “I play against the course and if any golfer beats the course then he beats me.”
However, Mudanyi was genuine enough saying that home golfer Wahome posed a great threat to his title chase but he managed to win against him.
“My main challenger was Wahome (Mathew) and Nduva but they were unlucky at some point since they were playing on their home course that they understand best,” concluded Mudanyi.
Home golfer Mathew Githinji was second after playing two over 215 (73, 75 and 67) ahead of home club member Dickson Baraza (73, 75 and 67) on count back to complete the podium places. Wahome came a distance fourth with 217 (74, 70 and 73) ahead of Tanzanian Victor Joseph who score 220 (74, 72 and 74).
Nyali’s Vishnu Dhutia and Majanga S. scored 221 in 74, 72, 75 and 72, 74, 75 with Dhutia ahead on count back before ushering in Mombasa’s Wambugu M.S who scored 222 (71,71,77) ahead of Nyali’s Henry Kamau (74,69,79) on count back while Thushara De Silva completed the top ten list with 223 (78, 75,70).