Kihara, Kuria, Mwangi, Kimari win Kiambu leg of the Dasani Golf Gala

Kihara, Kuria, Mwangi, Kimari win Kiambu leg of the Dasani Golf Gala

Kihara, Kuria, Mwangi, Kimari win Kiambu leg of the Dasani Golf Gala

Playing on their home course, the Kiambu Golf Club team of Timothy Kihara,Eliud Kuria, Newton Mwangi and Thomas Kimari posted a joint score of 111 points to win the opening round of the 2012 Dasani Golf Gala at the par 72 Kiambu Golf Club on Saturday 26 May 2012, earning qualification to the Grand Finale slated for Saturday 29 September 2012 at the Karen Golf and Country Club.

Playing off handicap 19, Kihara anchored the team with Kimari, both posting 38 stableford points as Kuria,playing off handicap 18, amassed 35 points, while Newton Mwangi playing off handicap 20 was the group’s weakest link as he posted 33 points.

Kihara began his round with consecutive pars on the first three holes, dropping a shot on the fourth hole, double bogeying on hole five and six, again bogeying on holes seven and eight before leveling the ninth hole for a first nine score of 21.

He would begin the second nine poorly with three dropped shots at the tenth hole, bogeying on holes 11 and 12 before leveling on holes 13 and 14,but dropping another shot on the 15th. This was followed by a par shot on hole 16, and dropped shots on the 17th and 18th holes for a second nine score of 17.

Kuria,speaking on behalf of his team said they deserved the win and promised a repeat performance at the Grand Finale as they seek to claim the ultimate prize, a golf tour to Dubai.

“We arranged the game yesterday, but we honestly didn’t know we would take the overall title today. All the four of us have, however, been playing good golf of late, in fact I won a tournament here last weekend and another one yesterday so it is not by accident that I am in the winning team, we hope to carry the same form to the grand finale,” said Kuria.

Col. Julius Githiri, Julius Kinyai, Joseph Biriri and Mofart Kanyeria posted a total score of 104 points to emerge as runners up. Playing off handicap 12, Kinyua anchored the team with a score of 38 points, Biriri playing off handicap 16 had the second best score of 35 points and Gathiri playing off handicap 15 posted 31 points. Kanyeria posted 29 points.

The top two groups qualified for September’s grand finale, third place finishers Paul Muigai, Njogu Njoroge, Muchemi Gachugu and John Ngure being taken as reserves after they posted a total score of 103 points.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Steve Maikweki, Coca-Cola Assistant Brand Manager-Kenya said: “This year’s grand finale will see the winning team of four players travel to Dubai to attend the Grand Finale of the European Tour, the DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates. While in Dubai, they will have the opportunity to see Europe’s top 60 money earners on the 2012 Order of Merit battle it out for a Sh109, 200, 000 (1.3 million dollar) winner’s cheque.”

He added: “In addition, they will play to some of the best golf courses in the region, including the Dubai Creek Course and the challenging Faldo Course at the Emirates Golf Club, a course designed by former world number one and six-time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo.”

P. Gitonga playing off handicap 12 won the guest prize on 33 points, while Bonface Njoroge was the junior winner on 37 points. Steve Karanja won the men’s longest drive. Kenyan international Jane Njoroge won the ladies’ longest drive while Njoki Nderitu claimed the nearest to the pin award.

Action continues on Saturday 2 June 2012 when the second round of the Dasani Golf.


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