Milton Ambunya sank two birdies in each nine to claim overall title of the inaugural Caddies Captain tournament played today at the par 71 Eldoret golf club.
Playing on his home club, in the first ever caddies’ Captain prize tournament, Ambunya fired two over par 73 for the title in a tournament organized by the Eldoret club members where he shot a number of pars to emerge the overall winner for the outgoing caddies’ captain Dickson Shivatsu in a tournament that attracted 75 caddie golfers from Kitale, which had 15, Nandi Bears 35 and hosts Eldoret with 35.
Playing handicap 3, he started on a bad note, dropping one shot in par 5, hole one followed in the second with two clubs then sunk a bogey in the third. However, he managed to recover well in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th with pars. A birdie in the 8th boosted his winning ways and he concluded the first nine with a par.
“This was a good tournament that we had never had in our life. This showed that caddies are good players only if they are given an opportunity to showcase their talents,” said the champion.
The man, who only plays in the Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC) series at the Eldoret club added that as caddies, they lack support to play in other clubs but they are great players.
“For me and many other caddies at the club are best players but we lack that support to play in major championships. As an employee of the club, I may not travel because of the nature of our jobs” he said.
On resumption, it was a holiday for the player who bogeyed in 10th, before firing pars in 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th. He dropped two in 15th, a par in 16th, a birdie in 17th and a par in 18th.
Another handicap 3 player Paul Magomere was the gross winner on two over 73 ahead Issac Gitonga with 74 with John Mwamba completing the podium on five over 76. The 4th position went to captain Shivatsu on 76 gross.
Ambunya was on the podium again to receive the longest drive title while Muinji was the nearest to pin winner.
Playing handicap 15, Jacob Wangila from Kitale was the net winner with 64 points followed by Eldoret’s Duncan Muinji (68) Stephen Amukune (70) and Charles Majimbo coming 4th with 71 points.
Ben Ambunya and Michael Kotu were first and second nine winners with both on 35 points with Nandi’s John Barno claiming the best effort (piga Mingi) prize.
The tournament, which was immensely support from Nestpark Capital, Phone Art Solutions, Wallstreet Bureau, Bai Wareng Millers and Kalsi Engineering among others was a good show for Major Simiyu, Chairman of Kitale Golf Club and Kenduiwo Mutai, Chairman Nandi Bears Club both of whom facilitated the caddies transport and entry fees hence enabling many of them to travel and participate.