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Kuria, Njehia, Kihunjuri and Kinyanjui win Johnnie Walker title in Muthaiga, join 25 teams for final

Twenty-five teams of fours (100 golfers) have booked their slots to playat this year’sGrand Finale of the Johnnie Walker Golf Seriesdubbed the ‘Road to Gleneagles’ that is set to be held at the Karen Country Club on Friday, May 20, 2022.

This follows the Series’ semi-final round dubbed the Eagles Round that was played yesterday at the Muthaiga Golf Club where 216 golfers (54 teams) participated, with the top 25 teams qualifying for the Grand Finale. The participating teams in the Eagles Round comprised the top three winning teams of the Series’ qualifier legs that were held across 18 golf clubs in the country.

Like in the previous rounds in the series, the golfers will compete in the tournament’s four-ball stableford format during the Grand Finale where a fully-paid trip to the iconic Gleneagles Golf Course in Scotland will be up for grabs for the winning team.

During the tournament, Limuru Country Club’s team of Kamau Kuria, Timothy Njehia, Njeri Kihunjuri and Aaron Kinyanjui emerged the winners having scored a remarkable 113 points. They were followed by Muthaiga Golf Club’s team of Dr. Kamau Thugge, Dr. Olive Njagi, Edgar Kalya and Dr. Wycliff Kaisha who scored 105 points.

Coming in third was another team from Muthaiga Golf Club that comprised Evans Vitisia, Selest Kilinda, Phil Kinisu, and John Njuguna whose efforts returned 102 points, one ahead of the Nyanza Club’s team of Griffins Owino, Julius Omollo, David Omollo, and Elizabeth Akinyi.

Meanwhile, the team of Raymond Keter, Kibet Too, Joel Chebon, and Ngetich Ignatius representing Kericho Golf Club settled for the fifth position.

In the individual categories, Andrew Ndolo and Olive Njagi claimed the winner spots for the Longest Drive challenge in the men and ladies categories respectively, while Jimmy Kimondo and Esther Chumo were the stars in the nearest to the pin challenge in the men and ladies categories respectively.

Commenting on his team’s win, Limuru Country Club’s Kamau Kuria expressed his delight for qualifying to play at the Grand Finale. “”We are very delighted for this win and for qualifying to play at the Grand Finale. It has taken great effort from my team to reach this far and I really commend them for that. As we head to Karen for the Grand Finale, it is our hope that we shall replicate our win and grab the chance to visit the Gleneagles as promised by Johnnie Walker.”

On her part, EABL’s Spirits Marketing Manager Josephine Katambo said;  

“I congratulate all the winners who have made the cut to play at the Grand Finale next week – you are just one step away from winning a chance to visit the iconic Gleneagles Golf Course in Scotland which I am certain is a dream destination for any golfer. There is no doubt that this year’s Road to Gleneagles has been one of the most exciting and challenging events ever. We saw some incredible golfers show their stuff on the fairways, and there were some very tough competitors out there and tough courses which made this a very special tournament.”

She added;

“As KBL, we are very proud of our continued support for Kenya’s golfing community through Johnnie Walker. Golf is one of Kenya’s oldest sports—and, as we all know, it is one that has been growing in popularity over the last few years. That’s why we’re so delighted to be playing our part in supporting its development. Golf, like any other sport, requires one to practice regularly in order to be good at it, and this series has served just that purpose – it has been such an incredible opportunity for golfers to play competitively which in turn improves their skills.”

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