Safaricom’s Nyanza-based Alice Awiti claimed the sixth leg of the Safaricom Golf Tour after returning 49 Stableford points in a thrilling event held at Eldoret Golf Club.
Playing off a handicap of 54, Awiti carded a total of 23 points in the first nine and 26 on the second nine, totalling a stunning 49 points enabling her to become the sixth overall winner to secure a slot to the grand finale at Vipingo in the ongoing Safaricom Golf Tour.
“My win today is a big surprise in my golfing career. This is my first time winning a tournament and it really makes me feel proud and work hard for more. Though my performance was up to mark, I experienced some few challenges in my putting which I will now have to go and work on as I prepare to compete in the grand finale,” said Alice Awiti.
Awiti fended off the challenge from Anthony Yano, Sylvia Tanui and Nilam Shah, in a four-ball tournament holing a birdie on the seventh, eleventh and fifteenth holes with three pars to emerge the tournament’s winner.
Saturday’s senior event drew 140 senior golfers from Rift Valley and its environs including the Nyanza and Western region counties of Kisumu, Bungoma, Kakamega and Trans Nzoia.
Alice Awiti joins former caddie Cyprian Bundi, junior Golfer Leo Gitonga, Zain Manji, Lydia Jebichii and Simon Kimatu the winners of the first, second, third legs, fourth and fifth leg of the ongoing Safaricom Golf Tour respectively.
In the Men’s Category, Anand Lakhani scored 43 points to emerge the winner ahead of Ken Kogo who carded 41points. Meanwhile, Fatma Some posted 44 points to claim the top spot Ladies’ Category ahead of Catherine Gatau who scored 41 points.
In the Longest Drive challenge, Peter Maratim and Faith Chemutai were the stars in the men’s and ladies’ categories respectively. Risper Barasa clinched the Safaricom Staff Prize after garnering 37 points.
The ongoing juniors’ tournament at the facility has drawn over 100 young golfers from the region and its environs in the junior’s tournament.
Safaricom has partnered with Junior Golf Foundation to tap and nurture young talent in the golf sport. The juniors can register with Junior Golf Foundation (JGF) for KES.1,000 and have access to any golf club in the country to play Golf.
After Eldoret, the tournament heads to Karen Country Club, Nairobi on May 13th 2022, before proceeding to the Nyali Golf Club on May 21st 2022.- Advertisement -