Eyes on home golfer Munyao ahead of Nyali Open tourney


Leading amateurs, including some from and Uganda, converge on Nyali Golf and Country Club Mombasa on Friday for the 2015 Nyali Open Golf Championship.

However, only 76 players are drawn for this year’s championship. Last year, more than 100 players, among them Kenyan pros, competed in the season-ending tournament which is the grand finale of the 18-event Golfer Of The Year (Goty) series.

This weekend, focus will be on home player George Munyao who posted a 54-hole total of 227 to beat Vet Lab’s Robinson Owiti and Muthaiga’s Jeff Kubwa by three shots to win last year’s event. Munyao leads a strong local challenge that features South Africa-based Coast Open champion Mathew Wahome, on-form Agil Is- Haq, Mathew Githinji, Gurbux Singh and Adel Balala.

With Owiti on suspension, Royal Nairobi’s Kenneth Bollo who won the Uhuru Shied at Royal last weekend will lead players from upcountry to the tournament. Others are Goty defending champion John Karichu from Limuru, Muthaiga’s Jeff Kubwa, Edwin Mudanyi from Vet Lab and Limuru’s Paul Muchangi. During last year’s Open, Bollo tied for fourth place with Karichu and Justus Madoya from the Great Rift Valley.

Seeking to wrestle the title from Kenyans will be Uganda Open champion Ronald Otile, Daniel Baguma and Lawrence Muhenda. The trio was in Uganda’s national team which retained the East Africa Challenge Cup in Kigali two weeks ago.

For the first time, the Nyali Open will be played over three days as opposed to Saturday and Sunday. The first round will be played today from 11.50am, followed by the second and third tomorrow and Sunday. The event has been sponsored by Grain Bulk Handlers, Shikara Limited and Kericho Gold.

Meanwhile, Vet Lab Sports Club will today host a fund raiser tournament towards Muthoni Muthiga’s medical bill. Muthiga, a former Corporate Affairs manager at Kenya Breweries Limited, is ailing.

She has made great contribution towards the development of golf in the country, serving in various capacities in clubs like Railway, Muthaiga and Vet Lab, Muthoni also served as chairman of Kenya Ladies Golf Union.