The Karen Country Club defied the Kenyan government call to ban meetings and gatherings as a precautionary measure being put in place to help curb the spread of the coronavirus and hosted the Johnnie Walker tournament on Saturday.
Several sports federations including athletics, hockey, volleyball, rugby and even football have since halted their activities but not golf.
Despite the Kenya Golf Limited pushing back the 2020 Magical Kenya Open Championship by 30 days, for fear of the deadly pandemic, the local circuits are running as usual.
On Saturday, the Karen Country Club hosted 221 golfers for a tournament in total defiance to the government’s call for ‘citizens’ safety first’.
Home player Karen Caroline Kiengo returned a score of 43 points, to win the overall title at the Johnnie Walker tournament.
Playing off handicap 23, Caroline returned a total of seven pars, eight bogeys, and two triple bogeys at the par four, 4th and par three 16th on her way ahead of club compatriots Edward Mugo and Jeremy Ngunze who finished with 41 and 40 points respectively.
For her efforts, Caroline took home a bottle of 18-year-old Johnnie Walker.
Edward Mugo and Jeremy Ngunze took second and third places respectively that were also rewarded with a bottle of whiskey.
Limuru’s Macharia returned a score of 39 points to take the guest’s prize, with Carl Wambisi taking the runner up prize with 36 points.
Karin Middleton and Vincent Rague picked up the front and back nine awards. Douglas Duncanson took the staff prize with a score of 31 points.
The brand also sponsored the second season of Safari Tour golf series as well as Kenya’s top two Golfers, Dismas Indiza and Greg Snow.” He added.
Other winners included Tom Simba who beat Ken Kubasu on count back to finish in fourth, with Kubasu settling for fifth place and a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black label.