Karienye soars high to win July Monthly Mug at Ruiru
Local golf clubs heightened measures to ensure players and caddies were safe against the coronavirus pandemic as action resumed in selected clubs for the first time since March when the government banned all sporting activities as a way of containing the virus spread.
At Ruiru Sports Club, where they hosted their July Monthly Mug competition at the weekend, players had to adhere to the strict rules, first having their temperatures checked upon arrival, washing hands and having to sanitise frequently at selected points.
They played a four-ball but each carried his or her own bag as theere were no caddies on the first day.
“We had a large field of 180 players and they all finished playing in good time, thanks to the ball spotters that we used to help spot the ball and increase the pace of the game.
There were no caddies but we had one ball spotter for every four ball,” said Ruiru Sports Club captain Thomas Mwaura.
Joseph Karienye playing off handicap 10 emerged the overall winner of the day-long competition after carding 21 stableford points in the front nine and 20 in the back nine for a total of 41.
Patrick Miitii playing off handicap 18 beat handicap 26 Fredrick Kungu on count back to emerge the Men winner on 38 points (19, 19).
Salome Kamau playing off handicap 30 amassed 42 points (19, 23) to be crowned the lady winner, while handicap 33 Grace Miano was the lady runner-up on 39 points (20, 29).
Handicap 17 Millie Nyaga won the Guest Prize with a score of 39 (19, 20), while Nicholas Kamau won the Nearest to the Pin Prize Men whereas the Ladies Prize went to Catherine Gitonga.
Frank Munyua scooped the men’s longest drive prize and Janet Mwangi had the ladies’ longest drive.
At Vet Lag Golf Club, handicap 11 Chrispine Owuor won Division A of the April Monthly Mug sponsored by the Captain’s Kitty after posting 66 nett, he was followed by handicap 6 Amit Modi on 69 nett.
In Division B, handicap 15 Adam Nyaga was in a class of his own after scoring 65 nett and was followed in the runner-up position by handicap 18 Simon Mbugua on 68 nett.
Kennedy Ondieki playing off handicap 28 won Division C category on 73 nett, where handicap 25 Jeremiah Kosgei came second and handicap 24 Grace Waiganjo emerged the lady winner.