Emmanuel Masinde @baromeo
Seasoned player Adelbert Omooria resisted a stiff challenge to beat a large field of 232 players and emerge the winner of this year’s Johnnie Walker Golf Circuit final at the par 72 Vet Lab Golf Club at the weekend.
Omooria, playing off handicap five, garnered 16 stableford points in the first nine and 18 points in the back nine for a total of 34 points to rule the roost in the day-long competition which was a culmination of an eight-leg series that saw action held at Kiambu Golf Club, Vet Lab, Limuru, Nakuru, Royal Nairobi, Thika, Muthaiga and Sigona.
Rajiv Shah, playing off handicap five, needed a countback score of 15 points to beat Joo Yeul Lee and settle for the overall runners-up spot on 32 points (17, 15). Lee, playing off handicap eight, was third on 32 points (18, 14).
Former national team player Robinson Owiti, playing off handicap one, was the member winner on 37 points (18, 19) after beating handicap two Isaac Makokha on countback. Makokha was the member runners-up on 37 points (19, 18), while Eddy Mogoa, playing off handicap 11, was third in the category on 36 points (19, 17).
Ndirangu, Gakuo playing off handicap 15, won the guest prize on 33 points (18, 15), while handicap 12 Nderitu Kamugi was the staff winner on 24 points (13, 11) as Rachel Ndei, playing off handicap 18, emerged the lady winner on 30 points (13, 17).
Robinson Owiti (37), Eddy Mogoa (36), Adelbert Omooria (34) and Patrick Mokaya (26) managed a joint total of 133 points to claim the team prize.
Speaking during the prize-giving ceremony, Kenya Breweries managing director Jane Karuku said the series was geared towards whipping up the enthusiasm of amateur golfers in the country as well as growing the sport.
“As a company, we are overly excited to partake in an activity with strives bolstering the evergreen golf sports tourism sector in the country as well as standards of amateur game,”said Karuku.
Meanwhile, former Eldoret Golf Club captain James Waweru produced a stellar performance to emerged the winner of the Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) golf tournament played at the nine hole Eldoret Golf Club over the weekend. Playing off handicap 12, Waweru managed 38 stable ford points to beat a field of 71 golfers.