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Kipyego swing into NBK victory in Nandi

Home player Evans Kipyegon carded 43 stable ford points to win the National Bank of Kenya (NCB) golf title played over the weekend at the Nandi Bears golf club.

Handicap 22, won the title as the overall winner by beating  Eliud Kemboi with four points at 39.

He dropped two shots in the opening hole par 5, bogeyed in second recovered with pars in 3rd, 4th, 5th and dropped a shot in 6th and 8th with a par in 7th and 9th.

In the second nine, he dropped 2 in 10th, parred in 11th dropped another in 12th, dropped 2 in 13th, bogeyed in 14th, double bogey in 15th and 16th with a par in 17th and ended well with a birdie to seal the title.

He said that he showed up well dressed for the tournament in a colourful trouser.

“I just say that I played with good guys who have been here for a very long time on the course. I played my regular game and it was just may day and as they say, every dog has its own day and this was my day. I just managed to hit the target,” he said.

He said that he did not even prepare much but he showed up as a player and played his regular game.

“The success came after learning from previous matches and improving on. It is enjoyable to play in these local tournaments ,” he added.

Playing off handicap 5, Sosten Biwott won the division one title on 38 points beating Collins Kebenei on count back to second while John Agui was third with a point less.

Division two on 28 points was won by Boaz Sugut ahead of Simon Miningwo with a point less as Erick Choge lost to Miningwo on count back.

After carding 38 points, Winnie Cheruiyot was the division three winner ahead of Samson Sang (28) and Joyce Mutai for third on 17 points.

Natalie Metto carded 36 stable ford points to emerge the ladies winner while Wilson Chepkwony and Daniel Githinji were first and second nine winners on 22 and 20 points respectively.

Fredrick Letting was the Staff winner on 40 points while the guest title went to Nyanza’a Nicholas Okello with 30 points.

Luke Siahi and Goretti Mutai were the longest drive men and lady winner on hole 17 while Nelson Koech was the nearest to pin winner on hole 11 as best effort landed on Elisha Oyuga with 12 points.

The club’s best amateur player Nelson Koech was on the podium again to receive the Gross winner’s prize when he fired level par 72.

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