Nyanza Club’s David Omollo carded a round of 42 points on the second event of the 2022 NCBA Golf Series at his home club on Saturday to claim the win in division one category.
Playing off handicap 13, David’s effort was enough to fend off the challenge by Romy Sandhu, who closed his round with 39 points, playing off handicap 16. Division one players are categorized as golfers who rank between handicaps zero and 18.
In the second division (consisting of golfers playing off handicaps 19-36), Tom Agumbi, playing off handicap 20, carded a round of 42 points to top the division ahead of Ramesh Karia, playing off handicap 22, who ended his round with a haul of 39 points.
In the third division (consisting of golfers playing off handicaps 37 and 54), Clifford Agumbi, playing off handicap 38, carded a total of 38 points to seal the win ahead of Francis Odhiambo, who managed 37 points playing off handicap 42.
Among the lady golfers, Beatrice Otieno, playing off handicap 34, carded a round of 37 points to emerge lady winner.
At the same time, 17-year-old Nicholas Nyambogo was crowned the winner in the junior golfers’ category, having carded 34 points. Speaking after the round, he said:
“I have been playing golf for two years now and pleased to have won the junior category at this tournament. I came here to show my talent and sharpen my skills, but also to see how I would cope under pressure, as I want to turn pro one day and take part in more competitions. I look forward to taking part in the forthcoming NCBA junior golf events in the 2022 NCBA Golf Series calendar.”
Junior golfers’ involvement in the Series remains NCBA Group’s priority as part of the bank’s strategic objective to nurture and develop golf skills among juniors at an early stage – an endeavour that saw three junior golfers claim overall wins at three events at the 2021 NCBA Golf Series. In continuing with these objectives, this year’s Series, just like last year’s, will include three junior golf tournaments in partnership with U.S. Kids Golf to give them a chance to compete among themselves and hone their skills.
Meanwhile, Joseph Atito and Julius Omollo took top honours in the first and second nine with 20 points apiece in the nines. In the longest drive contest, Wycliff Ayienda and Lydia Oketch were the day’s winners in the men’s and ladies’ categories, while Q. Abubakar won the nearest to the pin contest.
The Nyanza Club leg was the second in the 2022 edition of the NCBA Golf Series, which will feature 18 legs and have an expanded schedule covering Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
The Series will culminate in a grand finale tournament where the top four winners will enjoy a fully sponsored golf tour at The Fan Court Golf Estate in South Africa.
Commenting on the Series, NCBA Group Head of Retail Banking, Tirus Mwithiga, said:
“We are delighted to be in Kisumu for the second leg of the NCBA Golf Series, which we relaunched after a successful Series last year. Kisumu is the second-largest in the lake basin, where we have two branches, so it is a big and important catchment area for retail and corporate banking clients. So, today is a great occasion to thank our customers, get to meet them and hear their feedback. We are grateful to all who managed to be here with us today to make this a memorable occasion.”
The Series now moves to the Kitale Golf Club on March 9th for the third leg