Kaburu, Ruhohi, Njuguna and Gichimbiri claim Johnnie walker title in Kiambu

The quartet of Peter Kaburu, Henry Ruhohi, Peter Njuguna and Lucy Gichimbiri, jointly scored a remarkable 119 points to clinch the fifteenth leg of the Johnnie Walker Golf Series, played at the Kiambu Golf Club on Saturday.

Claiming the second position was the team of Michael Karuga, George Kuria, Michael Karanja, and Alex Mukui who hit a combined score of 110 points, three more than the team of comprising Michael Karanga, Michael Nyangi, Caesar Mugo and Ken Mwaura, who managed a total of 07 points to claim the third position.

In other results, handicap 13 Johnstone Kimanzi beat Joseph Muchigi (HCP 16) on count-back to claim the Men’s category title having carded 39 points.

In the Ladies’ Category, Kiambu Golf Club Lady Captain Jane Kanyi’s 37 points were enough for her to claim the top spot, ahead of Susan Kanyora who hit 33 points to earn her the first runner-up spot.

In the Nines, Peter Kahuho carded 21 points to win the first nine on the day while Anthony Githegi scored 21 points to win the second nine.

In the longest drive challenge Joyce Wanjiru and Peter Waiharo were the stars in the Men’s and Ladies’ categories respectively, while Ndiga Kithae picked up the plaudits for the nearest to pin challenge.

The top three winning teams now joins the list of players that will proceed to the next round of the series; dubbed the Eagles Round that will be played at Muthaiga Golf Club in May. They will be aiming to qualify for the Series’ Grand Finale to be played at Karen Country Club where a fully paid trip to the iconic Gleneagles Golf Course in Scotland will be up for grabs.

Following the event, a total of 45 teams have now qualified to play in the next round following previous events held across the country.

Speaking at the event, EABL Marketing Manager, Spirits, Josephine Katambo said:

“Today’s event was the 15th leg and with four more legs, the Eagles Round and the Grand Finale remaining, we are nothing short of being proud of the journey we have come so far. We are delighted to have started this series, which is sponsored by Johnnie Walker—a brand with a long tradition of supporting golfing talents around the world—and which we hope will help elevate Kenya’s golfing talents to another level and inspire more young people to take up the sport professionally.”

“As a company that prides itself in nurturing and developing local talent, the ‘Road to Gleneagles’ series is one that resonates well with our brand vision of celebrating the spirit of progress. We certainly look forward to supporting this competition next year and beyond,” she added.

On his part, Kiambu Golf Club Vice-Captain Franklin Mugendi said: “We are grateful to KBL for bringing this tournament to Kiambu. The event drew participation of 120 golfers which was a great number and this was nothing short of an amazing experience. The weather was very good and the greens were also in very good shape which played to many golfers’ advantage. We wish the winners of this leg all the best as they head to Muthaiga for the Semi-finals.”

Following the Kiambu event, attention now shifts to the Western Region at Kakamega Golf Club which will host the sixteenth leg of the series on 23rd April 2022.

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