Royal Nairobi Golf Club's Pro Golfer, Kenneth Bollo, led his Pro-Am team to victory at the Pro-Am event of the Thika Greens Golf Resort's leg of the Safari Tour golf tournament that was held today. Njuguna carded a total score of 35 to combine with the best amateur score for his team of 50 for a total of 85.
Bollo's team fended off a stiff challenge that was mounted by the team led by Thika Golf Club's pro golfer, Simon Ngige, that finished second. Ngige carded a total score of 37 to combine with the best amateur score for his team of 47 for a total of 84.
The team of Muthaiga Golf Clubs Pro, Jeff Kubwa finished third after Jeff carded a total score of 32 to combine with the best amateur score for his team of 49 for a total of 81 points.
In the subsidiary members event, handicap 26 Vet Lab's, Grace Wanjohi, emerged overall winner with 37 points while Kenya Airforce Golf Club's Isaiah Nderitu, at handicap 09, emerged overall runner-up with 37 points. Nakuru Golf Club's Mose Sammy (handicap 19) and Vet Labs Steve D'Souza (handicap 06) finished third and fourth overall at 36 points apiece.
The PRO-AM took place ahead of the main tournament proper of the fourth leg of the Tour which tees off tomorrow at the same venue, bringing together over 35 golf professionals from Kenya and East Africa who will be playing for a stake of the KES. 1 Million total prize kitty. The PRO-AM follows a golf clinic, which was held at the same venue yesterday, that saw local pros share golf skills with junior golfers as part of the Safari Tour's overall objectives.
Local pros including Greg Snow, who has taken home the top prize in consecutive Safari Tour events at Vet Lab and Limuru; Dismas Indiza, winner of the 2018 Uganda Open; Tony Omuli, David Opati and Jacob Okello are among the local PROs who will take part in Round One of the tour tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Nuru Mollel of Tanzania and Philip Kasozi of Uganda, who played in the second and third legs, will be joining Kenyan pros at the main tournament tomorrow.
Speaking today ahead of the main tournament tomorrow, Kenya Open Golf Limited Publicity and Sponsorship Director, Kathleen Kihanya said:
"The greatest success of the Safari Tour is the attainment of the objective for which the Tour was set up for; which is to give our local pros an opportunity to practice and play a lot more golf to the standards of the European Tour. This has given them an opportunity to practice, learn and be resilient. I am thus very confident that we are looking at a Kenyan winning the first Kenya Open which will be part of the European Tour in 2019."
The Safari Tour is an initiative of the Kenya Open Golf Limited aimed at preparing Kenyan pro golfers for the 2019 Kenya Open Golf Championship.