The team of Joseph Kagicha, Francis Kimanzi, Ibrahim Lande and Azu Ogola returned a combined score of 99 points, to claim the overall title at the fourth leg of the KCB East Africa Golf Tour, played at the Kenya Railway Golf Club, today.

A handicap 23 golfer, Joseph Kagicha teed off at 11:30 AM, returning a score of 40 points, to anchor his team mates to the win. Ibrahim Lande who teed off just before lunch time with the course playing much tougher, carded a round of 30 points, one ahead of Francis Kimanzi on 29 points with Azu Ogolla on 23 points.

They finished five points ahead of the second placed team of Geofrey Yego, Morgan Chirchir, Franklin Kipyator and Moses Cheboi. The two teams have booked their places in the tour’s grand finale to be staged at the Karen Country Club in November this year.

Speaking during the prize giving ceremony, KCB Group General Counsel Bonnie Okumu said, “We are glad to join you today after a beautiful round of golf at the heart of Kenya’s Capital, here at the Kenya Railway Golf Club, for the fourth leg of the 2023 KCB East Africa Golf Tour.”

Through this golf series, we are looking at creating memorable connections with a long-term goal of expanding the game of golf. We also want to take care of our environment, that is why we have committed to growing trees at each course we visit as well as surrounding partner schools. At an individual level, ensure you do your part.”

Speaking after his team’s win Joseph Kagicha said, “We have been training individually and also had some joint sessions, we are glad to see that our work payed off. Winning today is a reward for the work we put in as a group, our focus now shifts to the grand finale.”

Joseph Kagicha also picked up the overall winner’s title, with James Karuga claiming the men’s title on 37 points, as Perpetual Wanjiru took home the lady’s winner prize, after playing a round of 30 points.

Eunice Kilonzo and Joseph Gathumbi won the lady’s and men’s longest drive categories, with Dr. Walter Onyino claiming the leg’s nearest to the pin prize. The junior prize went to Thacker Mitansh who played a round of 25 points, with Martin Njuguna’s 30 points seeing him take the day’s guest prize.

After the amateur series, KCB will host introductory golf clinics targeted at ladies and juniors on Sunday, followed by a tree planting session at the same venue. The clinics which are aimed at growing the reach of the sport of golf in the country, have so far reached over 300 participants.

The fifth leg of the 2023 KCB East Africa Golf Tour will be held at the Kakamega Golf Club from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May.

Sports May 15, 2023