Eighteen hole birdie earn Koskei Kenya Seed Classic title against Kae in Kitale

An eighteen-hole birdie in the play-off earned Moses Koskei Kenya Seed Classic Golf title played on 18 hole Kitale golf club.

The Nyahururu golfer stunned the Western Kenya Ladies Golf Union (KLGU) representative Ruth Kae, who was playing on home club.

Ksokei and Kae had tied on 140 nett in the two-day tournament that teed off on Saturday to today and the winner was to be determined in the play-offs on holes 10, 17th and 18th.

Playing handicap 22 Kae and handicap 13 Koskei all bogeyed in hole 10th, the former lady captain losing 1-up against Koskei when he fired a par with Kae dropping a shot in the 17th.

Carrying one stroke, Kae failed to sink in the three shots, facing putting challenges due to the dry greens, gave room for Koskei who managed to sink a birdie to lift the title to drive a heifer back to Nyahururu.

Koskei said it was his first time ton play in the Kenya Seed golf series and a win was plus for him.

“I came to compete in this tournament with a purpose of winning and that dream has been fulfilled. Although I wanted to win outright in the normal play but the competition was too tough for us,” he said.

With pressure mounting on the two players with fans following the play off, Koskei said he has played under pressure and that is how  he managed to win.

“It was total pressure especially playing away but that was a none-issue for me. I was so focused to get that prize, which I did,” added Koskei.

The losing finalist Kae said she was ready for the challenge and managing that pressure was not easy.

“This was a challenge of another high class. But this is a game of all and I did what I could have done to the best of my knowledge. We shall live to fight another day,” said Kae.

The tournament attracted 120 golfers.

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