The Nation (Nairobi)

Kenya: 19-Handicapper Wins Celtel Blackberry Crown

Nairobi — High handicapper George Ngacha overcame a field of 138 players in the Celtel BlackBerry Golf Challenge at Kenya Railway Golf Club despite the tough conditions of the nine-hole Railway course after last Friday's rains.

Playing off handicap 19, Ngacha parred five holes at the front nine, where he dropped five shots including a double-bogey seven at the first hole for an impressive 23 points in the front nine. He later picked up four pars at the back nine, double-bogeyed three and dropped two shots elsewhere for 19 points and a total of 42 to win take title by a point from youngster Andrew Kimani.

Kimani posted 17 points in the opening nine and a superb 24 at the back nine to beat Gichuki Maina (21, 20) on countback for the men's first prize. Maina went home with the runner-up prize while taking the third in the sixth leg of the 12-event BlackBerry golf Challenge was David Njuguna on 39 points. Handicap six Wanjiru Karume won the women's prize with 35 points while Collins Omondi shot three under par 42 points, which included a birdie and an eagle in the first nine and two birdies at the back nine with only a single bogey to claim the first prize among the guests.

Steve Okello with 35 was second while Mburu Muigai won the gross with 33 gross points. Stanley Boit and Ngata Kimondo won the nines each with 23 points while the staff prize went to James Naikuni on 32 points.

The event was the last in the series to be held under the Celtel name, as the mobile phone company will adopt a new name with affect from August 1.

The next BlackBerry Challenge event will take place at Nyeri Golf Club on August 23.

At Limuru, Kenya Data Network's marketing manager Vincent Wangombe posted his best golf round during the Kenya Data Networks-sponsored tournament, a 41 stableford points. Being but the day's sponsor, Wang'ombe did the honourable thing - he forfeited his prize. As a result, handicap 12 Njuguna Thiaka with a combination of 21 and 19 for 40 points claimed the overall prize.

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