Upcoming Nanyuki-based amateur golfer, Richard (Maji) Kabugi beat a strong field of Mt. Kenya region to win the Heritage Insurance-sponsored tourney at Nanyuki Sports Club over the weekend.
Playing off handicap 17, Kabugi managed to card 20 points on the first nine before recovering to post 23 points in the back nine for a total of 43 points. The event was organised in memory of Major A.C.K. Barkas. Unperturbed by the prevailing dry and hot weather conditions at the par 72 Nanyuki Sports Club Golf course, Kabugi enjoyed an eagle at the tricky Par three-fourth hole which is surrounded by three bunkers. Energy Regulatory Commission director general Eng. Kaburu Mwirichia finished four points behind Kabugi in the tournament that attracted 78 golfers.
Eng. Mwirichia scraped through with 39 points on count back with Britain-based Oliver Jones who also carded a total of 39 points. In an interview, Kabugi said he has embarked on a rigorous training programme with a view of joining the professional ranks in the next ten months.
Nyeri's Florence Gathu and Monica Kibe floored Nanyuki's counterparts team to pick the ladies trophy and runners up prize respectively. At 43 points, Gathu finished an impressive ten points ahead of second-placed club-mate Kibe.
Nanyuki Sports Club vie captain John Brammer finished fourth after returning a 38 points ahead of Nanyuki based Pharmacist Erastus Wanjohi and Medic Dr Ben Muthiora who finished fifth and sixth respectively.