Kitale Golf Club Witnessed the Biggest Crowd in History Last Weekend 

Lydia Jebichii was the winner of the fourth leg of the tour

“I want to thank Safaricom for giving us such a wonderful tournament, this is the first time we have had such a tournament with a big turnout”-Elly Sorobea

By David Musundi

Safaricom’s Golf tournament held in Kitale last weekend was won by Elly Sorobea, the event registered the highest number of fans. The number of fans who officially went through the gates was the largest of any golf tournament in the history of the county. Mr Sorobea was named the overall winner of the tenth leg in a very colourful event held at the Kitale Golf Club course.

Playing off handicap 20, the 62-year-old former club captain Sorobea bogeyed several holes in the opening nine where he managed to score 17 points. It was however at the back nine where he doubled his effort and produced an impressive 23 points courtesy of a birdie at hole 15 to claim the overall title with a total of 40 stable ford points in the event, which attracted a field of 133 players with the majority coming from South Rift, North Rift, Nyanza, and Western Clubs.

Mr. Elly Sorobea playing at the Tenth leg of Safaricom Golf tour at the Kitale Club

“I want to thank Safaricom for giving us such a wonderful tournament. This is the first time we have had such a tournament with a big turnout. The course today was really good and I enjoyed playing my four-ball. Though I had a few challenges on chipping in my first nine, my second was much better but that enabled me to win the tournament on countback. I will need to work on my chewin and practice more as I prepare to compete in the grand finale,” said Mr Elly Sorobea, overall winner. He now joins other winners of the past nine events of the tour to battle it out in the grand finale at Vipingo Ridge, Kilifi County in August.

Meanwhile, it was also a great day for Nandi Bears golfers with junior golfer Zaddock Tanui producing an impressive 40 points to clinch the men’s category ahead of Jonah Kosgei with similar points. Lydia Jebichii, the winner of the fourth leg of the tour and Dr Kimeli Mutai, both from Nandi, also dominated to claim the Longest Drive Ladies and Men’s titles respectively.

Gracemary Karira also posted 40 points to claim the top spot in the Ladies’ category, ahead of Philis Kisuna with 40 points. Posting the best first nine score was Philip Shiharsy on 20 points, while the best second nine awards were claimed by Elizabeth Akinyi on 21 points.

In the subsidiary section, the Safaricom Staff winner title was claimed by Emmanuel Cheruiyot on 33 points while the Guest award was taken by Risper Baraza after posting 25 points. Meanwhile, the Kitale tournament has attracted over 50 juniors taking part in the juniors’ tournament today, Sunday 12th June, with over 60 aspiring juniors attending the golf clinics at the same facility. The event culminates in the caddie’s tournament on Monday 13th of June.

The caddie’s tournament speaks to what Safaricom set out to achieve at the onset of this series, which is to give all those interested in golf a chance to participate in the tournament. The caddie’s tournament has attracted over 150 participants from across the country. The action now takes a short break and will resume on 9th July with the eleventh leg to be held in Nakuru.

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