Playing at his Eastleigh Airbase home turf Lt. Col Mulwa, playing off handicap 27, carded 18 points in the front nine before returning 25 points in the back nine courtesy of a birdie at hole 17
Lt. Col Michael Mulwa of the Kenya Airforce is the winner of the 12th leg of the Safaricom Golf tour.
Playing at his Eastleigh Airbase home turf Lt. Col Mulwa, playing off handicap 27, carded 18 points in the front nine before returning 25 points in the back nine courtesy of a birdie at hole 17, enabling him to beat a field of 127 participants to claim the overall title of the tournament.
Mulwa now joins a strong field ahead of the Grande Finale set for Vipingo in early August.
Speaking after his win, Mulwa said, “This is my first time participating in this big tournament. Today's win is a great honour and a proud moment in my golfing career since I started playing golf one year ago. The challenges were the red soils and the greens, but I am glad I managed to get good scores. The win has given me confidence, and I need to train regularly.”
At the same time, winning the top men’s crown was Major Elvis Murunga with 42 points after posting 20 points in the front nine and 22 points in the back nine to beat his closest challenger J.M Kamande on three points difference.
Among the lady golfers, playing off handicap 36, Grace Naiserian carded a round of 41 points, four better than her club-mate Christine Kamais, to claim the title in the Ladies category. In comparison, Fredrick Wagura was crowned the guest winner after posting 40 points to lead the guest participants category.
Elsewhere, playing off handicap 20, Martin Mabuya continued with his stunning performance to win the staff top prize after closing his round with 34 points courtesy of a front nine score of 13 points and back nine scores of 21 points.
In the longest drive contest, James Mwangi claimed the honours among the men, while Margaret Kungu claimed the win among the ladies. Meanwhile, Duncan Kamau Mburu was the winner in the nearest-to-the-pin contest.
So far, the inaugural Safaricom Golf tour has attracted over 6,000 participants through various tournaments including junior clinics and outreach programmes.
The corporate tournament last weekend was also held alongside the Golf Outreach dubbed 'Golf Mtaani' held at MCEDO Beijing Grounds in Mathare Constituency, with over 100 young people getting an opportunity to learn basic skills about golf from professional trainers.
The next leg of the tour is scheduled for 23rd July at Vet Lab Golf Club.