April 14, 2024

Butit basks in glory after Eldoret KCB Golf Crown

Butit basks in glory after Eldoret KCB Golf Crown
KCB EA Golf tour Overall winner Amos Butit tees off during the second leg of the tour at the Eldoret Golf Club

Playing off handicap 5, Anand carded 19 points in the first nine, and 20 points in the back nine to clinch the overall men’s winner award with 39 points.

With a rare birdie under some wet rainy conditions, Amos Butit produced a superb performance to emerge the Overall winner at the second leg of the KCB East African Golf Tour played at the Eldoret Golf Club on Saturday.

The handicap 18 Eldoret based businessman recovered from a terrible first three to manage a birdie, 6 bogeys and 7 pars for an overall crown with 40 points, just one ahead of Anand Lakini. 

“I am normally very poor in the rains but today I surprised myself with an incredible steady play.” Butit said after the win,

“It started raining in our final three holes but this did not distract my great swing. We had some fine plays today on the course, my four-ball team was amazing and I am grateful that I managed the overall crown.” Butit said while speaking to michezoafrika.com after the win on Saturday.

Butit added that, “I have been playing golf for the past twelve years but I have been very shaky, this win today has reignited my passion to keep steadying my swing and I thank KCB for this opportunity.”

Playing off handicap 5, Anand carded 19 points in the first nine, and 20 points in the back nine to clinch the overall men’s winner award with 39 points.At the same time Cynthia Chelugui, playing off a handicap 25, sank home 19 points in the first nine and 20 in the second nine to  take home the lady’s crown with 39 points while Tony Chemweno won the longest drive.

With 110 points tallies, the team comprising of Philip Meli, Gilbert Chebii, Grace Mary, and Jane Koech won the overall team category to book a slot in the grand finals in November.

Swinging home some 18 points in the first nine, and 20 points in the second, Caroline Koech was the lady winner of the day with 38 points while Emmanuel Mbatia managed to see off all his competitors to emerge victorious with 33 points as the best junior winner.

From her recent victory at Vetlab during the opening leg, Scola Onsongo extended her winning form to Eldoret as she defended her staff title with a back-to-back crown on 35 points while Michael Chebii carded 34 stableford points to win the guest winner award. 

Speaking on Sunday in Eldoret, Scola Onsongo told michezoafrika.com,  “I am excited that I am getting better each day. I am determined to play in all the legs as this is an opportunity for me to become a better player. It is even more encouraging to see more young ladies turning up to learn golf during the clinics.” She said. 

The weekend action in Eldoret started off on Friday with an exciting ladies’ clinic experience and ended with a kid’s learning sessions with over 120 juniors turning up.

Through the Flme Experience, organizers of the tournaments are targeting over 1000 new women golfers with an exciting pre-tournament clinic across all the legs.

Dubbed the East African Golf Tour, the 24-leg tournament will be played across six countries and 18 counties in Kenya with the Grande final expected to be played in November at the lush Karen Golf Club. KCB EAST AFRICA GOLF TOUR

As part of the Bank’s greening initiative, KCB has embarked on a tree planting initiative throughout the series with a target of 1.5 million trees planted in all the golf courses and schools nearby.

The tour will head to Limuru Country Club for its third leg on the weekend of 29th April before the Railway Golf Club edition in Nairobi County.

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