The Star (Nairobi)

3 December 2012

Kenya: Madoya Triumphs

Royal's Sandhu loses on sudden death in play-off as Madoya snatches Keringet- sponsored Uhuru Shield at Royal Justus Madoya's consistency came in handy when he eclipsed Royal's Jay Sandhu on sudden death play-off to clinch the Keringet- sponsored Uhuru Shield golf tournament title at Royal Nairobi Club.

Madoya, who won round One on 144 points (73, 71) and Sandhu, who was placed second in opening round with 146 (73, 73) tied on 220 points at the end of the competition to force a tense play-off showdown.

Madoya carded 73 points in round one and then added 71 before wrapping up the contest with 76 in round three. Sandhu, on the other hand, shot 73 points in first two rounds and managed 74 in round three for gross aggregate of 220.

Sandhu earned 11.25 points to bring his tally in the Goty series to 26.75 after playing in only three events. He is currently lying in position 9 in the points table.

T. Omuli finished third overall on 226 points (75, 77, 74) while series leader David Opati was placed fourth overall on 227 (74, 76, 77).

Opati's fourth place finish placed him in a better position to lift the series title. Opati is currently in first position with 102.10 points ahead of the second placed Nelson Simwa who has 76.75 points going into the last event to be held at the Nyali Club on December15-16. Simwa, who has been playing consistently well in the recent events, however, had a difficult weekend, finishing 10th on 235 points.

Uhuru Shield is part of the Keringet-sponsored Golfer of the Year (Goty) series which has 18 tournaments. Uhuru Shield was the 17th round of the series.

The Keringet Goty series that runs through the year, opens doors for young amateurs, who not only go on to play against professionals in the Kenya Open but are also selected into the national men's golfing team.

The tournament has discovered some of the best golfers in the country including Sullivan Muthugia, the 2010 winner, who has since turned professional, Francis Kimani, the 2008 and 2009 GOTY winner as well as Greg Snow (2007), Nicholas Rokoine (2006) and Brian Njoroge (2005).

The Keringet Golfer of the Year is organised by the Kenya Golf Union (KGU) and sponsored by Keringet Water. Keringet Goty series was started in 1981 to rank the country's top amateur golfers.

It attracts a selection of players, across both amateur and professional golfers, and including caddies as young as 18 years, as well as seasoned golfers. To play in the GOTY tournament, golfers must have at least a single handicap.

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