Lakhani Claims Division One Win at Sigona Leg of 2022 NCBA Golf Series
The Par-72 Sigona Golf Club on Saturday hosted the seventh leg of the 2022 NCBA Golf Series with 260 golfers taking to the course to battle it out for top honours.
Against the backdrop of the picturesque, yet hilly and very challenging course, it was home player Hitul Lakhani who took the bragging rights in the Division One contest after carding a round of 42 points to seal a slot to play in the Series finale.
Playing off handicap ten, Lakhani carded 14 points on the first nine to combine with an impressive 25 points in the second nine to finish the day three points better than clubmate G M Gitau, playing off handicap eight, who ended the day with 39 points to take runner-up position in the division. On his part, Gitau carded 23 and 16 points in the first nine and second nine respectively.
In the second division, Anthony Gathura, playing off handicap 20, carded a total of 42 points – one point better than his closest challenger – to claim the win in the category. He carded 20 points in the first nine to combined with 22 from the second nine for his triumph. Finishing the day in runner-up position in the category was Dipak Bid, playing off handicap 25, who finished his round with 41 points.
Among the lady golfers, handicap 34 Eunice Migwi, was crowned the winner after she carded a round of 39 points, while Amon Ngechu – playing off handicap 23 – was awarded the staff winner with 36 points.
In the nine’s, Bharat Shah and Hitesh Pindoli were first and second nine winners respectively with 23 points apiece. In the longest drive contest, James Githumbi and Helen Chepkwony won in the men’s and ladies’ contests respectively, while Mela Dhanjal was crowned the winner in the nearest-to-the-pin challenge.
For their stellar effort, Lakhani (Division one winner), Anthony (Division two winner) and Eunice (Lady winner) have booked themselves slots to play in the Series Grand Finale which will be held on the 9th of December 2022 at the Muthaiga Golf Club where the respective division winners at the event will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Fan Court Golf Estate in South Africa.
Speaking at Sigona, NCBA Group Managing Director, John Gachora said: “We launched the NCBA Golf Series in 2021 and following its success, we have made it into a bigger tournament this year to the point that it will be played across the region: here in Kenya and across the boarders in Uganda and Tanzania.
“Part of the reason we hold the series is to meet with our customers and our clients. We have great interactions and discussions with them which go a long way in helping us understanding how we can tailor solutions for them is certain a highlight for us through this tournament. So, it is a tourney that we are very proud to be supporting.”
For the Sigona leg, NCBA partnered with Prestige Motors, Tilisi Developments, Jubilee Insurance and CFAO/Toyota. Toyota offered a brand-new Toyota Belta as a prize for the first golfer to hole-out-in-one at hole 11; unfortunately, none of the golfers managed the feat.
The Series features three junior golf tournaments as part of NCBA Group’s objective to nurture golf talent in Kenya early with the view of molding junior golfers into future stars who will represent Kenya at top international golf events.
So far tournaments have been held at the Kenya Railway, Nyanza, Kitale, Lake Serena Victoria (Uganda), Nakuru, Great Rift, and Sigona Golf Clubs. The series will now move to the Karen Country Club on the 2nd of July for the eighth leg.