In Summary
  • Koigi, whose new handicap is 20, posted an impressive score of 41 stableford points, to beat the field of 161 players
  • Taking the men’s title after a three-way count back with former amateur strokeplay champion John Kariuki and former Limuru captain Ken Chege, was Solomon Irimu who posted 18 and 21 for 39
  • Nine-year-old Belinda Wairimu, a star in the making, clinched the junior title with a score of 32 points despite having bogeyed a number of shots

Handicap 23 golfer Stephen Koigi emerged the overall winner of the 2019 Nation Classic golf series grand finale at the tough-playing but scenic Limuru Country Club course on Saturday.

Koigi, whose new handicap is 20, posted an impressive score of 41 stableford points, to beat the field of 161 players which included players from Kisumu, Nyahururu, Eldoret and Kakamega. He made a birdie in each nine to combine 20 and 21 points.

“I have no words to express how great I am feeling for winning this event, beating some of the seasonal golfers at Limuru. I must thank my teammates for their encouragement and obviously the Nation Media group and other sponsors for bringing the Classic final to Limuru. Everything was so great,’’ said Koigi.

Taking the men’s title after a three-way count back with former amateur strokeplay champion John Kariuki and former Limuru captain Ken Chege, was Solomon Irimu who posted 18 and 21 for 39, while Kariuki and Chege who took the runner-up and third place prizes respectively had carded 19 and 20 points each.

Limuru Country Club chairlady Dr Caroline Wangari Ngugi posted 33 points to lead the ladies with Ruth Omwansa on 29 points finishing second. Charles Mboga and Sterphen Nganga won the first and second nine with 23 and 21 points respectively with Fred Kirui winning the staff prize after posting 28 points.

In the guest category which also included some of the players who had qualified from the other four Nation Classic events, Nyanza Golf Club’s Jiten Pabari posted 38 points to win ahead of Frankie Gichuru from St. Andrews School Turi, whose school was also part of the sponsors of the grand finale, who carded 34 points. The third prize went to P. Muiru of Nyahururu on 33 points.

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