Naivasha Sports Club’s Samson Gitau carded a round of 38 points to win the club’s Chairman’s Prize Tournament presented by Konza Technopolis on Saturday, beating a field of 84 participating golfers.
Playing off handicap 11, Gitau posted 19 points in both the first and back nine, one point clear his nearest challenger Antony Ngigi, who emerged the winner runner up ahead of Kevin Kiongo who emerged the second runner up with similar points.
The club’s captain Joseph Waigwa who won the second edition of the Konza InvesTeeing Series at Karen Country Club last year did not play in the club’s Chairman’s Prize tournament that had not been held in three years owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On to the lady’s winner, Tabitha Kiragu, playing off handicap 18, carded 37 points to claim the top honours, two points ahead of her nearest challenger Medrine Kariuki who won the lady’s runners-up.
Meanwhile, Esther Njau, playing handicap 27, made an impressive shot of 41 points on the course to emerge the best guest lady, one point ahead of Irene Kamutu who emerged guest lady runner up.
The tournament was open to all men and lady members of the home club and other nearby clubs such as Nakuru, Nyahururu, Kiambu and Njoro.
Speaking at the tournament, Ms. Stella Muhoro, Chief Manager of Business Development and Innovation at Konza Technopolis lauded the impressive turnout for the tournament and noted that KoTDA will carry out more tournaments in the country as part of their approach to create more awareness on the investment opportunities at Konza.
“We are excited to be here today for the 5th Edition of the Konza InvesTeeing Series that seeks to take the message of Konza to all Kenyans that we are open for opportunities for investments. We would also like to interact with Kenyans to make them feel that this is a project for Kenyans too. We have interacted with many potential investors today and we plan to do the same with many others in many parts of the country,” she said.
The Konza Investeeing series seeks to attract, onboard and retain key investors at the upcoming smart city.
She added that through the series, the Authority seeks to enhance awareness on the opportunities available at Konza Technopolis.
During the tournament, the Club’s Chairman Rahab Mwihaki expressed delight at the large number of players who participated in the Chairman’s Prize and lauded the support of the sponsors.
“We had an opportunity to host a wonderful event supported by Konza Technopolis and other sponsors today. We had a turnout of 84 golfers and over 50 guests and this means so much to us considering it’s on a Saturday and we have not held this tournament for long. I would like to thank everyone for making this event a success, further cementing our efforts towards making this club alive again,” she said.
The event was also supported by the Cooperative Bank, Lake Naivasha Resort and Enashipai.
The Naivasha tournament marked the 5th edition of the Konza InvesTeeing Golf Series whose inaugural edition was held on 25th September 2021 in Machakos Golf Club. The second leg of the tournament series moved to the par-72 Karen Country Club while Eldoret Club hosted the 3rd edition. In February this year, 71 par Nyali Golf Club hosted the fourth edition.