Bernard Mureithi led his team of Joseph Ndichu, Ruku Njuguna, and Paul Nduati to carding an impressive 140 points to emerge the winners of the 10th leg of the Johnnie Walker Golf Series played yesterday at Thika Sports Club.
Coming in second was the team of Faith Maina, George Ngamau, Naomi Kimata, and Margaret Waweru who scored 137 points, three more than the team of Dr. Isaac Charagu, Nicholas Kabare, Moses Mburu, and Esther Nyamu who claimed the third spot after returning a combined score of 134.
In other results, handicap 18 Mugo Kirika, scored 42 points to claim the top spot in the Men’s Category, beating handicap 23 Ben Thiga who returned a score of 41 to come in second.
In the Ladies’ Category, Faith Maina (handicap 33) was the champion having hit 43 points, two more than handicap 20 Eunice Muthemba who returned 41 points.
In the Nines, Julia Maina (handicap 27) and Chris Lumbasio (handicap 24) were the champions in the first and second Nines respectively.
Meanwhile, James Githinji and Betty Ndenderu claimed top spots in the Men’s and Ladies’ longest drive challenges, while Peter Gachoka received the plaudits for the Nearest to the Pin challenge.
Speaking during the event, Thika Sports Club Captain Christopher Mwenda thanked KBL for being on the forefront of supporting golf in the country;
“The day was very good, the greens were in good condition and we also had a really good turnout. We thank KBL for bringing the tournament to Thika Sports Club, and for always supporting the sport in the country. We are always excited every time KBL comes to our club with this kind of sponsorship, which also provides an opportunity for golfers to interact and network. The winning teams are very excited about the prospect of winning the trip to the Gleneagles. I know it’s going to be tough based on the competitiveness we have seen in the Series so far, but we wish them all the best as they represent the club at Muthaiga,” said Mwenda.
On his part, KBL’s Regional Business Development Manager Nicholas Kilungu;
“This being the 10th event of the Series, it has been a really great journey so far, and we are very delighted by the progress we have made. We are delighted to offer golfers across the country a tournament of this stature, and an opportunity to give lucky individuals the chance to travel to and play at the iconic Gleneagles Golf Course in Scotland. All this is in the spirit of KBL’s continued efforts to uplift the sport to greater heights.”
A total of 155 golfers participated in the tournament which sees the top three overall teams join the growing list of players who have qualified to play at the tournament’s Eagles Round (semi-finals) to be played at Muthaiga Golf Club in May. This will be followed by the series’ Grand Finale to be held at Karen Country Club.
Following the event, the tournament now moves to Nyali Golf Club, Mombasa for the 11th leg of the series to be played on March 19.