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Sydney Wemba and Team Win Safari Tour ProAm Edition at Limuru

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Professional golfer Sydney Wemba led his team comprising amateurs Itimu Kiruti, Michael Kiruti, and Edga Njenga to winning the ProAm edition of the Safari Tour played at Limuru Country Club on Saturday.

The team hit a combined score of 87 points to beat their nearest challengers composed of Pro Dennis Sikwa, and amateurs Ibrahim Lande, Stephen Ndungu, and G Weru who combined for a score of 84 points. Coming in third with 83 points was the team led by home pro player John Karichu and comprising of amateurs Ann Wanjama, Moses Kioni and Samuel Ngaruiya.

In the individual amateur prizes, Solomon Irimu playing off handicap 11 was the overall winner having scored 45 points.

Kariuki Minju playing off handicap 27 was the Men’s Category winner having scored 41 points, one more than his nearest challenger Patrick Kinyanjui (HCP 13) who managed 40 points.

In the Ladies’ Category, Gladys Karuri playing off handicap 33 scored 34 points to emerge the winner.

In the Nines, David Njonjo (HCP 20) scored 21 points to claim the accolades for the first Nine, while Eddka Njenga playing off handicap 16 scored 22 points to claim the second Nine honors.

Meanwhile, Vicky Waiyaki playing off handicap 12 scored 37 points in the day to claim the accolades for the Junior Category.

The event at Limuru Country Club attracted a field of 236 players.

Following the ProAm event focus is now on the Pro golfers who will be taking to the par 72 golf course Limuru Country Club, which is the first of the three remaining series of the second leg of the Kenya Open Golf Limited owned golf series. The two remaining series will be played at Karen Country Club on 5th-9th February and at the Muthaiga Golf Club on 12th

16th February 2022; just a few weeks before the Kenya Open tees off on 3rd-6th March 2022.

A total of 74 players drawn from Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, and Nigeria will be teeing off from 8 am on today, 23rd January as the race for Kenya Open qualification heats up.

Those drawn include Robson Chinhoi from Zimbabwe, Uganda’s Joe Akope who won the Nyali’s Safari Tour series, and long-hitting Kenyan Dismas Indiza.

Also drawn is Kenya’s top-ranked junior golfer Taimur Malik.

In addition to points towards the Magical Kenya Open Golf Championships, the top twenty professional players will battle it out for the prize pass of Ksh 2,000,000. The winner has the potential of walking away with Ksh. 300,000.

Earlier, the Tournament received a boost after Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) through its premium spirits brand Johnnie Walker committed sponsorship of KSH 2.5 Million towards the series. The sponsorship is set to go towards the organization of the final three Safari Tour events to be held at Limuru Country Club, Muthaiga Golf Club, and Karen Country.

Speaking during the announcement, KBL Managing Director John Musunga said that the sponsorship is aimed at boosting the preparations of the Kenyan pros heading to the Magical Kenya Open Championship.

“KBL through the Johnnie Walker Brand will sponsor to the tune of Ksh 2.5 million the upcoming final three legs of the 2021/22 Safari Tour which will be held at Limuru Country Club, Muthaiga Golf Club, and Karen Country Club. It is our hope and belief that this sponsorship will go a long way in ensuring our professional golfers are well prepared as we head to the main tournament – the Magical Kenya Open that is set to take place in March this year and I look forward to improved performances at the tournament,” said Musunga.

Kenya Open Golf Limited Tournament Director Francis Okwara expressed delight at having KBL on board, noting it will go a long way towards ensuring the success of the events.

“We are grateful to KBL for its sponsorship of the upcoming final events of the current Safari Tour season. KBL has on many occasions proven to be a strong supporter of golf and this sponsorship speaks to their continued commitment towards the sport. This sponsorship comes at a very good time as the players prepare for this year’s Magical Kenya Open. This will no doubt go a long way in not only ensuring the success of the events but also boosting the players’ morale as we head to the Kenya Open,” said Kanyago.

Meanwhile, Kenyan Pro Dismas Indiza who is currently leading the race to Kenya Open expressed his confidence heading to the final three legs of the Series, hoping to make the cut to this year’s Kenya Open.

“I am glad to be leading the Safari Tour leaderboard which places me at a good place as I aim to qualify for the Kenya Open. It has been a challenging season, but we push on and hopefully, we can see better performances from Kenyan pros,” said Indiza.

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