Thursday, July 25, 2024

Team Kenya golf captain tops NCBA 2024 Ruiru Open

The NCBA Golf Series teed off its 7th leg at the par-73 Ruiru Golf Course from June 14th to June 16th, 2024. The event drew numerous golfers, all vying for coveted slots in the Grand Finale scheduled for later this year.

The event is not just about competition; it also earns World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) points and adds to the Kenya Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC) standings.

The Ruiru Open, sponsored by NCBA, brought together 112 top amateur players competing for top honors. The competition was intense, drawing players not only from Kenya but also from neighboring Uganda, Burundi, and Rwanda.

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Without defending champion Adel Balala and Mike Karanga, who is competing in an Amateur Championship in Ireland, all eyes were on Elvis Muigua from Kiambu Golf Club. Muigua currently leads the KAGC ranking system with an impressive 356.1 points.

However, it was seasoned amateur player John Lejirma who stole the show and scooped the grand kitty of Sh. 115,600 by triumphing at the NCBA Ruiru Open 2024 with a solid 13-under par 206 to win.

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Lejirma scored 69 in the first round, 69 in the second and capitulated it all with a statement 68 in the final round. This was the Team Kenya captain’s third of the series after winning the Trans Nzoia Open in Kitale and Ronald Marshall & Tony Gibson in Njoro.

Here is the final leaderboard:

  1. John Lejirma (Kenya Railways) 69,69, 68= 206
  2. Andrew Ssekibejja (UGA) 73, 72, 74= 219
  3. Raphael Leming’ani (Ruiru) 72, 76, 75=223
  4. Ebill Omollo (Vetlab) 72, 79, 75= 226

T5. Eugene Wafula (Muthaiga) 79, 77, 71= 227

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T5. Joseph Kasozi (UGA) 74, 73, 80= 227

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  1. Serah Khanyereri (Royal) 74, 79, 75= 228

T8. Joyce Wanjiru (Kiambu) 80, 76, 74= 230

T8. Isaac Makokha (Vetlab) 79, 75, 76= 230

T8. Steve Kiaro (Kiambu) 78, 78, 74= 230

T8. John Kamais (Nakuru) 76, 77, 77= 230

T8. Carl wambasi (Vetlab) 75, 76, 79= 230

KGU Tournament Director and Vice Chairman Chris Kinuthia extended his appreciation to NCBA for their support in developing golf talent countrywide.

“I would like to express our gratitude to NCBA for their continued support in nurturing gold talent across our country,” he said.

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