Windsors Golf and Country Clubs Riz Charania led his team of Said Bajaber, Justin Kaburu and Reaz Alibhai to win the Safari Tour Pro-Am event at the Nyali Golf and Country Club with a combined stableford score of 82.
Charania posted an individual score of level gross on what was a tough windy and rainy day at Nyali. Speaking after his round, Charania praised his team of amateurs for playing well. I was lucky to be paired with a team of golfers who were fun to play with and who obviously know their golf course very well, he said.
Commenting on the Safari Tour, Charania said this Tour was many years overdue. As Kenyan professionals we have been praying for the formation of such a Tour and we are very grateful to the Kenya Open Golf Limited for supporting our dreams and trade.
With this victory Charania took home Sh30,000 whilst his amateur team mates received golf prizes.
The team of Sigonas Pro C.J. Wangai and amateurs Lemmy Kaburu, Pauline Gichara and William Kaguta finished in second place with a combined stableford score of 81 points whilst the team of Muthaigas Pro Greg Snow and amateurs Paul Krijnen, Joseph Oluoch and Nimisha Shah finished in third place with a combined score of 79 points. Wangai and Snow were awarded Sh20,000 and Sh10,000 respectively.
Among the amateurs, Joyce Kamau emerged the overall winner after posting an impressive 41 points whilst Sanjay Kotecha was the top placed man with 40 points beating Martin Wahome on countback. Truphena Oyaro was the top lady with 39 points and Teresia Odoo was second on 34 points. Odoo also claimed the longest drive prize for ladies whilst George Munyao won the longest drive contest for men. Mary Kandu was nearest to the Pin.
The Professionals now embark on the main 4-day 72-hole Safari Tour event with a total prize kitty of Sh1m. The winner will take home about Sh180,000. The event tees off on Sunday 19th August and concludes on Wednesday 22nd August. After the second round on Monday 20th August, the field will be reduced to the top 20 players.
Nyalis elite amateur players will join the professionals through the four rounds as part of the Safari Tours development program. The amateurs include Kelly Rob, William Kaguta, George Munyao, Temi Katembo and Adel Balala.