Ladies battle for Open Strokeplay title

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By LARRY NGALA
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Kenya’s leading lady golfers converge on the par 72 Royal Nairobi Golf Club course this weekend for this year’s Kenya Ladies Open Strokeplay Championship.

A field of 55 ladies including Tanzania’s Vicky Elias and Madina Idd were drawn to battle it out for the strokeplay title and the take away prizes being offered this year.

Of the two Tanzanians, Idd has won a number of national events in Kenya including the Ladies Coast Open.

If she is still in her usual top form, Idd will be among the players to watch this weekend at Royal where the course is currently in a better condition than it was during this year’s Tannahill Shield in April.

Leading the local challenge with be defending champion Kellie Gachaga of Muthaiga Golf Club, who is one of the national team players preparing for this year’s Gilberson and Page Trophy in Zambia in a week’s time.

In fact, five of the seven national team players will be in action this weekend.

Others besides Gachaga, are Joyce Wanjiru of Kiambu, Agnes Nyakio of Golf Park, Jane Njoroge of Muthaiga and Sigona’s Rachna Patel.

As usual, the first two rounds will be played tomorrow morning and afternoon and the final round on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the chase for points in the Kenya Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC) series, formerly Goty, shift to the par 73 Nakuru Golf Club course this weekend for the Coronation and Bendor Trophy which is the seventh leg of the KAGC series.

Seventy-nine players were drawn for the main event while 41 will be battling it out for the subsidiary title (Bendor trophy).

And leading the challenge for the Coronation Trophy will be Royal Nairobi’s Kenneth Bollo, who a few weeks ago shot nine over par 228 to claim the Trans Nzoia Open title, beating Vet Lab’s Edwin Mudanyi.

Mudanyi will once again be going all out to try and beat Bollo and others like Railway’s Alfred Nandwa, and Vet Lab’s Mike Kisia, who missed the Trans Nzoia Open.

As usual, it will be played over 54 holes with the first two rounds set for Saturday and the final round on Sunday.

Down at the coast, a field of 152 players was drawn for the first leg of the 2017 Sunset Golfing Society sponsored by Tysons Limited.

The field includes 60 Sunset members and their guests who will be battling it out for prizes set for them.

The club members drawn include Annand Patel, who won the Britam Insurance tournament last month by posting an impressive 38 points, beating Aameen Dhanji by a point.

Danji and others like Dinesh Sasan, Jimmy Kingori, Willie Mbote, Lumatete Muchai, Mombasa Golf Club captain Mark Mbua, long hitters Alan Dainty and George Munyao are also drawn to battle it out for top prize.

Back in Nairobi, the annual Ndemi Classic started and sponsored by the African members of the club, has attracted the usual huge field. Over 200 players have signed up. Another big field will be at Muthaiga for the KCB Corporate tournament.

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