Ryan Mutinda of Royal Nairobi Golf Club did best in a field of 56 juniors during the first leg of the 2021 Junior Golf Foundation (JGF) golf series on the par 72 Machakos Golf Club Course at the weekend.
15-year-old Mutinda shot an impressive 82 gross to win the grand prize in the handicapped 13 and older category, beating Elvis Muigwa with three shots, while Kevin Maina finished third with 88 gross. This particular category had the largest participation of 36 players in the JGF sponsored event.
In the 12 years and under with handicaps, Mwathi Gicheru also shot from Royal 94 gross to win ahead of Hentash Shah with 102 gross while Andrew Gathere took third place who scored 106 gross.
In the eight years and under without handicaps, Jordy Okal shot 72 gross to win ahead of Mathew Kibet with 86.
There was stiff competition in the nine to eleven year olds category, with Ishaq Taher at the top at 56 gross and beating Ryan Kivui with four strokes, while Peter in the 12 and over with no handicaps and only nine holes Masaka topped the list with 47 gross followed by Elvis Ngolobe in second place.
During the award ceremony, Machakos Golf Club captain Joe Mboya thanked JGF for bringing the event to the area.
“This is the first time Machakos have hosted a national junior event and we really appreciate that we have been chosen to host the first leg,” he said.
Mombasa County’s Minister of Gender, Youth, Sports and Culture, Innocent Mugabe, who accompanied the 15 Mombasa juniors who are under the county’s patronage courtesy of Governor Ali Hassan Joho, said the county will continue to be young golfers support.
At the Royal Nairobi Golf Club, Ikinu Wambugu made a gross profit of 80 and became the overall winner of the Kenchin Junior Golf Tournament, which drew a field of 146 juniors, including 84 from the host club.
P. Waiharo won the title in category 17 to 21 with an impressive score of 67, while B. Kinyua won category 14 to 16 with also 67 net, while D. Killinkoy came second with net 70. The girls won in this category was Cherish Wachira with 70 net.
At the age of 13 and younger, Andy Gathere made 67 net wins to win ahead of M. Gicheru at 68 after defeating Muthaiga’s J. Manji on the countback. Bellinda Wanjiru fired an impressive 69 net to become the best girl in the category.
In the category without a handicap from 14 years of age, Kiyule Kivuvani won with a score of 101, two strokes better than Ibrahim Taheer, while Ishmael Taheer came third with a gross score of 106. The girls’ title went to Cynthia Auma with 113 gross.
The 11-13 winner was K. Wissanji with a gross of 111 and the girls’ winner was Cherono Kipkorir.
J. Ngeera won the nine to 10 year section with 50 gross, while K. Muthomi won the girls’ title with a gross score of 55. Seven years and younger was N. Macharia at 60 gross, while Jayden Okeyo won the six years and younger.
In the putting competition for six years and under, the winner was Theo Kyle and the seven to eight winner was Zani Makau.