A prolific team comprised of local golfer Lucy Njuguna and Nancy Muraya, Nancy Mugo, both of Sigona Golf Club, shot a total of 91 stableford points to win the 2022 Limuru Ladies Invitational Golf Tournament held at the Limuru Country Club on Friday.
Meanwhile, local player Francis Kimani scored 40 points to pocket the men’s side event.
“It was a good day, I’m happy with the win. The win is a great way to start the year,” Kimani said.
Mugo, who led her winning team, praised her teammates for playing their roles effectively in their respective batches.
“It’s an honor to play here in this prestigious event. We had a wonderful day on the pitch. We left very early at 7am, it was such a hectic but we’re glad we made it” , she said.
“The course was a little difficult, the greens were very fast, despite that we really enjoyed the game.”
While promising to defend the trophy next season, Mugo said: “We hope that we will succeed thanks to the unity we have in our relationship. We have known each other for five years.”
Muraya’s biggest challenge was the “ungodly” hour they took.
“I have never played so early in my life, despite the challenge, we still managed to beat a large field, which included young players, to emerge victorious,” noted Muraya.
Njuguna said they vowed to win the championships this season after being runners-up last year.
The trio first met in 2018 in Portugal where they got to know each other so well.
A year later they were together for the African Tour challenge in Zambia where they won gold and silver.
“We work for an international company, so we meet and travel a lot playing golf on pristine courses in Africa and Europe.
“I can say it was the love of golf and a true friendship that kept us together for so long,” Mugo said.
Responsible for each tournament, each team member trains and plays alone to intensify training for the event they have registered for.
“We still hope everyone has practiced enough to play well and give us good points,” Mugo said.
“Winning is good, it’s a plus, but the best thing is to come here, to be healthy, to be able to play golf with your friends. I think that’s more important than victory. Winning isn’t everything,” adds Mugo.
Some of the benefits the team has enjoyed playing golf together include fitness, networking and meeting new friends.
Limuru Lady captain Kezie Karuoro-Kihara thanked Standard Group PLC for coming on board to support the tournament which attracted 100 men and 150 women.
“The aim of the championships is to bring women golfers together from all over the country. The ladies of Limuru are allowed to each invite two friends from other clubs to come and play,” she said.
Other sponsors of the annual tournament which has been running for over 30 years were Edenbridge, KWAL EABL, KCB, Miliki Space and KK Security,
“We appreciate being part of the event as sponsors. Next weekend we will still be there to support the President’s Award,” said Orlando Lyomu, CEO of Standard Group PLC.
Standard Group Chief of Staff Laban Cliff said the sponsorships fit into the pillars of Standard Group as the home of sport.
“Our arrival on board encourages ladies to embrace the game. Standard Group plans to hold more golf tournaments in Nakuru, Kitale, Nanyuki, among other counties.”
Although she was tortured by the fast greens, guest player Penny Wambui of the Royal Nairobi Golf Club enjoyed the high-end fashion displayed by the ladies at the event.
Results of the invitation of the selected ladies
1. Nancy Muraya, Nancy Mugo, Lucy Njuguna-91 stableford points
2. N.Njaga, K.Kiuna, W.Gitonga- 90
3. Helen Chepkwony, L. Waweru, M. Mburu- 86
Male Affiliate Results
1. Overall winner: Francis Kimani – 40 points
2. First runner-up: Harrison Mwangi – 38
3. Second runner-up: Patrick Kinyanjui – 38
4. Winner of the first nine:
Joel Gachanja – 21 years old
5. Back nine winner: Ken Mambo – 20
6. Guest Winner: Fredrick King’ei – 35