Japheth Obonyo Claims Division One Win At Mombasa Golf Club Leg of 2022 NCBA Golf Series
The fifteenth leg of the ongoing 2022 NCBA Golf Series teed off at the par-71 Mombasa Golf Club on Saturday with 110 golfers, including juniors, participating.
On a sunny and slightly windy day, the golfers battled it out at the golf course that boasts as the only link golf course in Sub-Saharan Africa. The picturesque scenery courtesy of the white sandy beaches and the Indian Ocean backdrop made the day a special one for the golfers.
At stake were slots to play at the Series Grand Finale in December, with a trip to the famed Fancourt Golf Course in South Africa up for grabs.
Japheth Obonyo of handicap 16 claimed the Division One victory at the event, ending his day with a round of 38 points. He was able to beat competition from Aloise Ogola who posted 37 points on count back.
In the Division Two category, handicap 36 Rishi Dodhia’s 46 points were enough to earn him the top honours, edging out Sheel Dodhia (handicap 23) who posted 40 points.
In the third division, Diana Nthiwa playing off handicap 53 was the champion having carded a round of 30 points. She beat handicap 44 Jackline Mutahi who posted 25 points to emerge second.
On the other hand, handicap 29 Caroline Munyi carded 34 points to emerge the winner in the Ladies Category while Fidel Wasike (handicap 25) posted an impressive 37 points to claim the bragging rights among the juniors.
In the Longest Drive challenge, William Kaguta claimed the top honors among the men, while Faith Muteti clinched victory in the Ladies’ category.
In the Nines challenge, handicap 20 Dhanji Pindolia and handicap 23 Paul Munyao were the stars in the first and second nine respectively.
Speaking during the prize-giving ceremony of the tournament, Shadrack Oloo, NCBA Regional Branch Manager – Coastal Region said: “We are delighted in how far our golfers have come in the few months since this competition began, and we wish them success in their efforts to be crowned champions at the end of this tournament,” said Shadrack.
“We have indeed pushed ourselves hard to create an atmosphere where excellence is the norm, where the spirit of competition is always high and where we are always striving for excellence as far as golfing standards are concerned. I can only hope that this will be just the beginning of many more days like these in our future,” he added.
The Series now takes a break and will head to Thika Sports Club on its return on 5th November 2022.