By Mwakwaya Raymond
Nyali’s home-based golfer Kailesh Chauhan is the overall winner of the eighth leg of the Safaricom Golf Tour held at the par 71 Nyali Golf and Country Club course played last week in Mombasa County.
Chauhan capitalized on his home course advantage to post 44 Stable ford points to claim the top honors in the competition, beating his closest challengers John Stokes and Mary Kandu. The latter garnered 40 points to come second thus claiming the Men and Ladies winners’ categories, respectively.
“I thank Safaricom for such a wonderfully organized event. I have been practicing for this tournament since last week. This being my home club means I understand the course inside-out. I played a great game; had great swings and I am happy to have emerged the winner of this leg of the Tour, despite the strong challenge from my opponents,” said Chauhan.
Chauhan carded 24 points in the front nine and 20 points in the back nine courtesy of seven pars and double bogies to beat a field of 222 participants.
He becomes the eighth overall winner to book a slot in the finals planned to take place at Vipingo in August.
He joins the 70 year old Don Riaroh of Karen, Alice Awiti, former caddie Cyprian Bundi, junior Golfer Leo Gitonga, Zain Manji, Lydia Jebichii, and Simon Kimatu, the winners of the other 7 legs.
Taking the Runners up Men and Ladies Categories were Aloise Ogolla and Rose Njogu with 40 and 39 points respectively.
In other categories, Martin Mabuya claimed the Safaricom Staff Award after recording 39 points, with Beatrice Bisonga of Kakamega taking the guest winner award.
William Kaguta and Terry Odoh settled for the longest drive contest award.
The Safaricom Golf Tour continues to traverse the country with six legs remaining before it culminates in a grand finale at Vipingo Ridge in August.
The tour has so far drawn over 4,200 golfers who have taken part in the tournaments, junior clinics and outreach programmes.
As part of growing Golf among the juniors in the country, 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 Nyali, the tournament heads to South Rift’s Kericho Golf Club on 4th June 2022.
And on Sunday, The Safaricom Junior Clinic that was graced by 65 Juniors drawn from around Coast, Aydan Jamal on 92 points and Alyssa Jamal with 83 points were the boy and girl overall winners, respectively.
Elvis Nicholas with a score of 100 points was the boy winner of the boys 15 years and above and Ekron Odhiambo scored 101 to emerge runners up.
Other winners were;
Girls over 15 and above;
Winner-Rasmeet Kaur-87 points, Runners up-Harshimran Kaur-93 points;
Boys 13-14 years;
Winner-Maryam Mwakitawa-90 points, Runners up-Idda Rose-103 points;
Winner-Mwai Mwariga-100 points, Runners up-Larson Hawii Odoo-111 points;
Boys 11 years;
Winner-Tony Trivan Gachau-105 points, Runners up-Aryan Awe Joseph-108 points;
Boys 10 years;
Winner-Shay Chauhan-48 points, Runners up-Karani Gichohi-49points;
Boys 8-9 years;
Lukas Kampa-49points, Runners up-Ayman Hassan-2points;
Girls 8 and under years;
Winner-Aaarna Mengi-51 points, Runners up-Irene Asiyo-56 points;
Boys 7 and Under;
Winner-Jeff Kibe-51 years, Runners up-Justus Wagura Kaguongo-61 points.