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Wafula grabs title in second leg of ladies coast open championship at Mombasa Golf club

[Naomi Wafula.Photo/ Pwani Images]

Kenya’s Naomi Wafula fought hard to emerge the overall winner for the second leg of the 2022 Ladies Coast Open Championship played at the par 71 Mombasa Golf and Country Club Course in Mombasa County on Tuesday.

The Vipingo-based golfer Wafula was second in the first leg of the tourney by a single stroke to leader Neema Olomi from Tanzania took lead on 76 gross at Leisure Lodge Beach Resort course in Kwale County on Monday.

This time the off handicap 0 Wafula braved the unusual breezy weather and strong winds from the nearby Indian Ocean waters in Mombasa to close the day with an excellent one over par 72 gross to emerge the overall gross winner.

Sigona Ladies 2022 Champion Joyce Wanjiru from Kiambu golf Club playing off handicap 1 brought a six over par 77 gross to win the Division A gross category while the event’s first Leg winner handicap 3 Neema Olomi from Tanzania’s Lugalo golf Club sat second on a seven over par 78 gross.

Kenya’s top female golfer and Sigona Ladies Open 2022 Champion Chanelle Wangari from Muthaiga was third on a countback score of 80 gross.

The event’s host Lady captain handicap 22 Gladys’s Kasi carded 100 gross to lead the Division B gross group while handicap 21 Jeniffer Kariuki on 102gross and Naomi Wabui with 103gross were the runners up and second-placed respectively.

Sandra Mundia playing off handicap 15 emerge as the nett winner after carding 72 nett, ahead of Kerry Venturini who was the runners-up on 75 nett and Harsimran Kaur was third for her 77 nett scores.

The Nett B winner’s prize was scooped by handicap 35 Joyce Cherotich on 70 nett, while handicap 31 Caroline Munyi had a score of 71 nett and handicap 30 Jie Zhao on a count back score of 75 nett were the runners up and third placed respectively.

Handicap 31 Winfred Ndunge was the Division C net winner for her 31nett and handicap 29 Mesaidi Maarifa returned 29 nett to claim the runners-up slot.

The daylong 18 holes tourney that brought together 120 golfers from 26 Clubs across the Country and others from Uganda and Tanzania were jointly sponsored by Serena Hotels, KBL, Old Mutual and Friends of the Lady Captain Gladys’s Kasi.

[Tanzanian Neema Olomi]
Kasi thanked the Golfers, sponsors and the Club management for the successful event despite the current bad weather and called for continued peace to prevail during and after the forthcoming General Elections.

“As Mothers, kindly lead in maintaining peace. Enjoy the rest of your stay at the Coast as you embark on the next legs of the event and hopefully expect you to return back next year, “said Kasi.

This is an annual ladies’ festival organized by the Kenya Ladies Golf Union (KLGU) that brings together an estimated 150 lady golfers from across the country and the region with valid handicaps to play in the one-week-long event around various Coast Clubs.

On Wednesday, July,27th, they were playing 36 holes of the third leg at the par 71 Nyali Golf and Country Club course in Mombasa County and continue at the same venue the following day Thursday, July,28th for the Fourth leg.

They will then move to Malindi Golf Club in Kilifi County for the first time play 18 holes in the fifth leg on Friday, July 29th, and wind up their final sixth leg tour in the same County on Saturday, July,30th playing an 18 holes at Vipingo Ridge Golf Course.

Wafula Naomi (0)-72gross, Joyce Wanjiru (1)-77gross, Neema Olomi (3)-78gross, Chanelle Wangari
-Jnr (0)-80gross,Peace Kabasweka (0)-80gross,Mercy Nyanchama (1)-80gross,Faith (J) Ontune (3)-81gross,Martha Babirye(0)-81gross,Vicky Elias (3)-83gross,Hawa Wanyeche (30-83gross.