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Mutai couple to battle for World pairs slot at Windsor

Nandi Bears Captain Kimeli Mutai and his wife Gorrety Mutai are set to battle for International Pairs slot at today’s Grand Finale at the par 72 Windsor Golf club.

The Mutai’s who finished third during the Nakuru qualifying said will be seeking a slot to represent the country at the World Final that is set for the 6th to 10th November at the Royal Obidos Spa & Golf Resort and Bom Sucesso Resort, Portugal.

“We are ready to battle for the slot to represent this country at the championships. We are trying our best in training so that we earn one of the slots,” said Mutai.

After battling out in seven International pairs qualifiers across the country, the 35 pairs selected in each meeting will square out  with the top 3 pairs in the Grand Finale qualify.

“This is a good opportunity to showcase our prowess in the game with hops of making it to Portugal,” he added.

Elsewhere, Kericho golfers will dominate the championships after two pairs from the club won two events.

The pair of Bill Kalya and Edward Keter, who carded a combined score of 47 Stableford points won the opening round at the par 71 Muthaiga golf club then the pair of Kericho captain Ignatius Ng’etich and Joel Chebon won the title at their backyard to seal the grand finale slots with a combined score of 45 Stableford points.

In the seven qualifying rounds, the 35 Pairs constituted from the top four pairs, best ladies pair or mixed pair where the qualifiers teed off on July 8th at Muthaiga, followed Nyahururu Country Club, Kericho, Great Rift Valley, Windsor, Nakuru and Vetlab Sports Club last Saturday.

Since Kenya made their debut at the world championships, seven pairs have made the trip that include Michael Karanga/Steve Kiaro, James Kamenchu/Anthony Murage and Bhamra Bilu/Romy Sandhu in 2019 at Penina Golf Resort, Portugal.

In 2022, Saawan Shah/Jay Varia, Chand Shah/Kush Shah, Julius Rono/Eric Mutai and Steve Kiaro/David Gitao travelled to La Cala Golf Resort, Spain.

The pair of Chand Shah/Kush Shah finished as runners ups in the World Finals just one point from the winners from Namibia-Johannes Damon and Hylton Villet.

Draw: Friday, 1st September 2023

10:00 P. Waiyaki / X. Iraki, B. Kalya / E. Keter; 10:10 P. Mbagaya / J. Mwaniki, J. Kibet / M. Maiyo; 10.20 F. Wagura / R. Njui, D. Biegon / C. Keter; 10.30 G. Mburu / J. Kamenchu, R. Kibugi / J. Gathu; 10:40 C. Macharia / B. Waikwa, I. Ngetich / J. Chebon; 10:50 J. Koskei / M. Koskei, S. Oburu / E. Akinyi; 11:00 P. Gichuki / L. Margaret, R. Keter / R. Bii; 11:10 J. Wanjeri / S. Hiuko, E. Koech / E. Koech; 11:20 L. Jebichii / E. Jepchumba, B. Kiraithe / K. Njoroge; 11:30 E. Mutai / J. Rono, N. Sheikh / N. Kurji; 11:40 B. Rotich / C. Langat, G. Gathumbi / J. Nderitu; 11:50 T. Saidimu / E. Muigua, N. Koech / I. Kuto; 12:00 J. Kamau / S. Mwangi, L. Wanjau / P. Njingo; 12:10 P. Abira / D. Odhiambo, G. Mutai / K. Mutai; 12:20 G. Munene / J. Mugo, P. Sang / K. Biegon; 12:30 C. Kinuthia / G. Karuku; D. Ndungu / H. Njoroge; 12:40 N. Kiunjuri / K. Kuria, A. Korir / S. Chepkwony; 12:50 P. Cheruiyot / A. Cheruiyot, J. Marucha / T. Osoro; 13:10 K. Macharia / K. Macharia, N. Nderitu / N. Nderitu; 13:20 F. Wahome / N. Koigi, F. Maiyo / L. Soo; 13:30 R. Maisuria / H. Hussein, P. Mwatha / S. Mwatha.

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