Kibugu resists Balala’s threat to win coveted Karen Challenge
Muthaiga’s Njoroge Kibugu is the winner of this year’s Karen Challenge after he resisted stiff challenge from Nyali’s Adel Balala to reign supreme in the three-round event at the par 72 Karen Country Club course.
Playing off handicap -1, Kibugi who was the only Kenyan golfer to make the cut during this year’s Kenya Open Golf Championships in March, amassed a total gross of 211 (72, 72, 67) to rule the roost, while Balala playing off handicap -2 came a close second on 212 gross (74, 72, 66).
Sigona’s Taimur Malik playing off handicap -1 settled for the third prize on 218 gross (72, 74, 72, while handicap 1 national team captain Dennis Maara of Limuru Country Club was fourth on 220 gross (72, 71, 77) and Michael Alunga playing off scratch was fifth in the three-rounds competition on 222 gross (74, 73, 75). Vet Lab’s Isaac Makhoha who won a bronze medal at the Deaflympics Games in Brazil, finished sixth on 225 gross (77, 75, 73).
Meanwhile, handicap 16 David Kabera emerged the overall winner during the Rware Golf Day held at Ruiru Golf Club on Saturday after carding 43 stableford points. Benson Mungai playing off handicap 17 was the men winner on 42 points and handicap 32 Lucy Mwangi emerged the lady winner on 39 points.
Vet Lab: Overall Winner Gross (Club Champion): Lee Njoroge 303 Gross; Overall R-Up Gross: Ebill Omollo 304 Gross; Overall Third Gross: John Odhiambo 305 Gross; Overall Winner: David Kihara 289 Nett; Overall R-Up: Steve D’souza 290 Nett; Overall Third: Watson Burugu 292 Nett; RD One Winner: James Mugo 73 Gross; RD Two Winner: Maina Iraki 78 Gross; RD Three Winner: Jack Mureithi 78 Gross.