By: LARRY NGALA
The annual Kibaki Trophy, the second biggest and popular golf event after the Mount Kenya Championship at Nyeri Golf Club, is on this weekend.
The tournament marks its 39th edition this weekend, with a field of 115 players mostly drawn from clubs within the Mount Kenya region. Formerly a two-day stableford event, the Kibaki trophy golf tournament was started in 1976 when retired President Mwai Kibaki, then minister for finance, donated the trophy to Nyeri Golf Club. The former president has been sponsoring the event since then.
During last year’s tournament played over two days, George Muraguri posted 36 points in the first round and an impressive 40 for a total of 76 points to clinch the trophy. However, Muraguri will not defend the trophy as he is drawn to play in the Captain’s Prize (Walter Onyino) at Kenya Railway Golf Club where he is also a member.
To vie for the trophy at Nyeri will be some of the club’s leading players, among them veteran George Kibira, Sam Githitu, Joshua Kinoti, Martin Munene, Eddie Karumwa, long-hitting Dan Weru, Nanyuki’s Stephen Muteithia and Gabriel Miungi, Moses Karuga from Nyahururu and Kenya Open Golf Limited chairman Peter Kanyago.
Back in Nairobi, the 2014/2015 Safaricom Business Challenge series comes to an end at the par-72 Karen Country Club course where over 100 players, including those who qualified from the various rounds held in Nyeri, Muthaiga, Limuru, Nyanza, Eldoret, Nakuru, Sigona, Royal, Nyali, Railway, Vet Lab and Thika.
Like in the qualifying events, winners will take home an assortment of electronics, including Samsung Galaxy S5, airtime worth Sh10,000 and Safaricom Trophy. Meanwhile in addition to the Railway event, other captains Prize events will take place at Sigona, Limuru, and Kiambu.
Save for the Kiambu event, the other events are being held over two rounds and have attracted huge fields.
Elsewhere, Njoro Country Club will host the third leg of the East Africa Grain Council/Well Out Tours series while at Nakuru, over 100 players are drawn in the KDF golf tournament.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION