Solomon Kariuki tops at Syngenta tournament

By Webster Nyandika
Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
Pradip Shah, a Kitale businessman, during a golf tournament for farmers sponsored by Yara East Africa Limited, Syngenta, Kenya Seed and Agricultural Finance Corporation at Kitale Golf Club last weekend. Photo/PD/WEBSTER NYANDIKA

Solomon Kariuki emerged the overall winner of the Kitale golf tournament sponsored by Syngenta and Yara East Africa.

Playing off handicap 15, Kariuki carded 40 points stableford points to beat handicap 26 Ken Matonya to second with 38 points.

Michael Kimutai, a former aide to the late retired President Daniel arap Moi, came in third with 38 points.

Kariuki pitted his best against all the tough terrain to beat the over 70 contestants and won himself a complete compact golf kit.

“We appreciate this initiative by Yara East Africa and Syngenta in bringing us together to network together in a fun way that is through golf.

I have put my best foot forward and I’m glad it bore fruits,” said an elated Kariuki. 

Pradip Shah, a businessman in the region and past captain of the Kitale Club, also took part in the tournament and had the chance to play against Kimutai, who had taken an early lead earlier in the tournament.

“This event is one we look forward to each year as it is a platform that helps us unwind as we appreciate the good work done,” Shah added. The tournament is also sponsored by Kenya Seed and Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC). 

Speaking at the event, Yara East Africa’s territory manager, western region, Abednego Sengwer, said the aim of the tournament is to bring together farmers and business persons who have been their local customers.

“We get to offer a relaxing environment where farmers and business persons can interact, network and share ideas on the new the farming technologies they can adopt,” he said. 

Syngenta’s national sales manager, John Ngechu said their sponsorship of the annual event is part of their outreach and appreciation initiatives to their key stakeholders.