The Star (Nairobi)

22 November 2012

Kenya: Off to Dubai

Dasani Gala winners jetted out to the Middle East brimming with confidence

Winners of the Dasani Golf Gala grand finale jetted out of the country yesterday brimming with confidence ahead of the four-day golf event.

The four man team exuded confidence that they will not be pushovers at the event after they were hosted for lunch at their home club, Royal Nairobi Golf Club.

The team , comprising Peter Kangethe, Jane Njau, Gabriel Njiri and Ken Kaunda, left the coutry aboard an Emirates plane. They will return on Monday at 19.40hours.

While in Dubai, the winning four players, will attend the Grand Finale of the European Tour, the DP World Tour Championships at the Jumeirah Golf Estates.

They will also have the opportunity to see Europe's top 60 money earners on the 2012 Order of Merit battle it out for a 1.3 million winner's cheque.

In addition, they will play at some of the best golf courses in the region, including the Dubai Creek Course and the challenging Faldo Course at the Emirates Golf Club, a course designed by former world number 1 and six-time major Champion Sir Nick Faldo.

Kangethe said: "We are excited at the opportunity of visiting Dubai for a golf tour and we will certainly give a good account of ourselves and the country as a whole. We have been training hard ahead of this tour, personally I was training with my wife at least three times a week," adding: "In golf, you can play badly on a bad day and win a tournament the following day, so it doesn't mean that because I was the weakest link at the finale I cannot win. I have been training hard and my swing is very good, but my wife will also be around to supplement me again in case of anything."

During the finale held at the par 72 Karen Country Club on September 29, Jane Njau spearheaded her team to victory after scoring a remarkable 46 points to earn her team the prestigious winning gift of a fully paid golfing trip to Dubai.

She literally complemented her husband Peter Kangethe who was the team's weakest link on 33 points, while Gabriel Njiri contributed 34 points and Ken Kaunda amassed 33 points. They had a combined score of 113 points.

"We were driven by the fact that we were somehow considered as outsiders. We decided that we wanted to prove that we were not poor despite having finished third at the Royal qualifier. Golf is a mental game and I was in a great mental form given the fact that I was in the same group with my husband, it really calmed my nerves," said Njau after the finale win.

While in Dubai, the winning four players, will attend the Grand Finale of the European Tour, the DP World Tour Championships at the Jumeirah Golf Estates.

They will also have the opportunity to see Europe's top 60 money earners on the 2012 Order of Merit battle it out for a $1.3 million (Sh111.4m) winner's cheque.

In addition, they will play at some of the best golf courses in the region, including the Dubai Creek Course and the challenging Faldo Course at the Emirates Golf Club, a course designed by former world number 1 and six-time major Champion Sir Nick Faldo.

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