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Balala wins the 2022 Kabete Open Golf Championship

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[Adel Balala in action.Photo/Pwani Images]

Coast Youthful Golfer Adel Balala was declared the Champion for the 10th Edition of the Kabete Open Golf Championship after emerging as the overall winner in this year’s tournament that closed at the par 72 Vet Lab Sports Club Course in Kiambu County on Sunday.

The Nyali Golf and Country Club-based Golfer playing off handicap -2 carded a round total of 220 gross to take the overall lead in the three days tourneys jointly sponsored by Exelus Investments Limited and Sense of Africa.

Balala started off on a high note taking the day lead on level par 72 gross, slipped behind on the second day with a disastrous six over par 78 gross but finally recovered on the final day with a two under par 70 gross to carry the overall lead.

“I thank the Organizers, Sponsors and my Playing partners. This has been a great day for me and my people of Mombasa, especially my Club Nyali. It was a tough game but thank God I managed it and now looking forward to the next event,” Said Balala.

Nyanza Open 2022 Champion handicap 2 John Lejirma from Kenya Railways was second with only three strokes behind the lead after garnering a round total of 223 gross.

Lejima started off badly with an eight over par 80 gross but recovered in the next two rounds with a two under par 70 gross and a one over par 73 gross respectively.

Eldoret’s handicap 3 Danny Chelogoi was third with a total round of 225 gross from a three days score of a four under par 76 gross, a one over par 73gross and a four over par 76 gross.

James Mwangi playing off handicap 5 was the overall nett winner on a total of 215 nett while handicap 6 Paul Ngugi with 216 nett and handicap 8 Allan Mugisha on 74 nett were the runners up and third placed respectively.

The Subsidiary winner was handicap 17 Chirag Patel who had a score of 40points a point ahead of second-placed handicap 9 Ochieng’ Abekah with a count back score of 39 points after tying on the same score with handicap 23 Elisha Amadi who was third.

Top leading Amateurs across the Country graced the event that started on Saturday and was open to male Amateur golfers both local and International with a valid World handicapping System (WHS) Handicap Index of 18.4 or below on the date of entry.

It is one of the Calendar events among this year’s ongoing Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC) Calendar series organized by the Kenya Golf Union (KGU) and counts toward the Golfer of the year award.

The Overall Champion will be crowned in the last event at Nyali Golf and Country Club, Mombasa County in December.

Action now moves to Nandi Bears Golf Club in Nandi County for the Nandi open from 15th to 16th October, then Vipingo Baobab Ridge Course in Kilifi County from 20th to 23rd October.

Eldoret will be hosting the Manchester Salver from 5th to 6th November before moving to Kiambu for the Kiambu open from 19th to 20th in the same month.

The Uhuru Shield will be taking place at the Royal Nairobi from 2 to 4th December before the grand finale to be held at the Nyali Golf and Country course in Mombasa County from 9th to 11th December.

KABETE OPEN 2022 TOP TEN LEADERS;
Adel Balala (-2)-72+78+70=220gross,John Lejirma (2)-80+70+73 =223gross,Danny Chelegoi (3)-76+ 73+76=225gross,Isaac Makokha (1)-78+77+72=227gross,Jay Sandhu (-2)-78+76+73=227gross,Ebill Omollo (0)-76+76+76=228 gross,Peter Macharia (4)-74+76+78=228gross,John Kamais (1)-81+75+73=229gross,Moses Kisia (4)-78+79+73=230gross,Geoffrey Karioki (4)-78+77+75=230gross