100 years of glory

Friday, December 8th, 2023 01:30 | By
Ruiru Sports Club to mark cenrenary of sporting excellence with grand festivities.
Ruiru Sports Club to mark cenrenary of sporting excellence with grand festivities. PHOTO/Print

Celebrating a century of sporting excellence, Ruiru Sports Club gears up for a momentous weekend of festivities, marking its 100 years of existence.

The club, nestled along the Thika-Highway, is set to honour its rich history and contributions from devoted individuals.

Today, enthusiasts and fans witness the Greensomes tournament, paving the way for the much-awaited centenary golf day tomorrow at the club’s prestigious 18-hole course.

Club chairman Dominic Chege expressed his elation ahead of the event, acknowledging the club’s century-long journey filled with growth and the invaluable contributions of dedicated individuals.

“I am calling upon golfers from Nairobi and its environs who have not signed up for the weekend’s tourney to consider registering because it will be a fun-filled event,” he added.

The apex of the celebrations will culminate in a grand gala dinner attended by 1000 specially invited guests, including club members, sponsors, partners, and dignitaries.

A blue and white-themed extravaganza will mark the conclusion of a three-month-long series of activities commemorating the club’s inception in 1923.

As part of its centenary celebrations, Ruiru Sports Club hosted an array of events, ranging from an expo golf day to swimming competitions, bowling, juniors’ chess competition, and a charity golf tournament.

Notably, the club also contributed to environmental conservation efforts through a tree-planting exercise, emphasizing its commitment beyond sports.

Boasting a membership of 2433, the club has become a hub for corporate golf events, hosting prestigious tournaments like the Legendary Golf Tournament, Old Mutual Tournament, and KCB-sponsored events.

The club’s history, deeply entrenched in tradition, dates back to its origins as a tennis club miles north of its present location. It eventually found its home in the current expansive ground, evolving into a renowned par 72 golf course with a storied past, dominated by iconic players, especially during the colonial era.

The club witnessed a transformative period in 2007 when it welcomed its first African Chairman, Steve Mwagiru.

This marked a turning point as subsequent African chairmen like Prof. Muigai Gachanja and William Ikinus led the club through new horizons, ushering in a diverse influx of members and leadership.

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