ICEA LION GOLF DAY AT RUIRU SPORTS CLUB
After a hiatus of three years, East Africa’s largest insurers and financial services companies returned to the challenging par 72 course at Ruiru Sports Club and sponsored a major tournament.
The Tournament attracted 279 players from almost all golf clubs within the region even as far as Nakuru County in the Great Rift Valley.
This was a very good 2019 year start for the club which of late has attracted golfers countrywide due to its location and being upgraded to an 18-hole course sometime back.
Mr. Peter Njinu with Handicap (H/C) 19 of Thika Sports Club shot 40 points to emerge the overall winner. George Wachira H/C 24 of Ruiru Sports Club was the 2nd overall returning home a total of 40 points.
Dr. Otieno Otieno H/C 18 of Ruiru Sports Club played 37 points and was the 3rd overall.
Ruth Kamau H/C 31 won the ladies title, S. Patel H/C 21 was the Ladies runner up returning home 37 points and Stella Nyokabi H/C 36 playing 37 points was the 2nd runner up.
R. Maina H/C 22 of Nakuru golf club won the DeTour guest prize with 32 points. Millicent Nyaga H/C 18 of The Golf Park played 33 points to win the guest ladies prize.
Sammy Mose H/C 19 played 37 points to win the men’s guest prize.
Ben Omondi H/C 3 of Ruiru sports club played 31 points to become the gross winner beating Ruiru’s other top amateurs of single handicap Chris Andrea H/C 3 who played 27 points and Frank Munyuah H/C 6 who played 29 points.
The First nine was won by The Club Captain Mr. Peter Mwaura. ICEA LION staff players Elizabeth Nyaga who played 34 points took the prize for the first nine.
Longest drive ladies went to Millicent Nduati and Emmanuel Lelgo took the Men’s. Nearest to the point was won by Catherine Wambui for ladies and J. Maalu for men.
Speaking during the prize-giving ceremony, the sponsor representative Mr. Peter Mukuria, thanked the players for turning up in large numbers and promised to be back next year.
He said ICEA LION was very happy to be associated with Ruiru Sports Club.
Fr. Mwaura the immediate former chairman who spoke on behalf of the current chairman, thanked the sponsors for coming back in a big way and requested them to consider rejuvenating the Ruiru open which they used to sponsor yearly.
Story by Peter Martins Munyuah
TheGolfer Online Correspondent in Kenya