Karoki wins 24th edition of Engineers Golf day at Thika
James Warui in action during September Monthly Mug at Nanyuki Sports Club in Nanyuki Sports Club, Laikipia County, November 14, 2020. [Mose Sammy, Standard]

Munge Karoki engineered his way to victory at Thika Sports Club during the 24th edition of Annual Engineers Golf Day played at the par-72 course over the weekend.

Karoki had an even golf outing on the course returning a commendable score of 37 stableford points to triumph over a field of 164 golfers.

On his outward nine, Karoki set-off with a birdie on the opener (par-five), parred the second (par-four) before dropping shots on the next two holes — par-four third and the par-three fourth.

He then recovered on the par-four fifth with a par. Bogeyed the par-three sixth before sinking two consecutive pars on the par-four seventh and eighth holes and wound up his front nine with a No-Return on the par-five ninth hole to secure 19 stableford points as he refocused on a cautious approach going into the inward nine.

Playing off handicap 11, Karoki picked a bogey on the 10th, a par-five. He parred the 11th (a par-three) before bogeying the 12th — a par-four.

Things looked up for Karoki , momentarily, on the next three holes where he registered three successive pars on the 13th, a par-four, 14th a par-four and 15th a par-five.

He lost steam on the par-five 16th from where he picked a bogey before crumbling on the par-four 17th, where he earned a double-bogey and wound up his round of 18th with a bogey as he finished with an additional 18 stableford points for a round total of 37.

Hot in Karoki’s pursuit was handicap 6, Simon Ngugi who posted a score of 36 (17+19) stableford points to claim Men winner’s prize. In third place was handicap 16 Wanjau Gathuri on a score of 35(15+20) stableford points.

Judy Waihenya won the Ladies gong on a score of 32(16+16) stableford points as Rose Kang’ethe playing off handicap 25 settled for Lady winner second prizw on a score of 32(19+13) stableford points.

In the Sponsor’s category; handicap 7, E.N. Ndung’u bagged the top prize on a score of 34(15+19) stableford points. Sponsor runner-up prize went to A.K. Kioi playing off handicap 18 on a score of 34(21+13) stableford points.

Gross winner prize was won by a handicap 7 Simon Ndung’u on 28 gross points.

In the Guest category, Limuru Country Club’s F.N. Ndegwa emerged Best Guest golfer on a score of 31(18+13) stableford points. Handicap 39 Dylan Munikah bagged Junior prize on a score of 39 (16+23) stableford points.

Karoki wins 24th edition of Engineers Golf day at Thika
Mr Warui in action [Mose Sammy, Standard]

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