Gachoka’s hole-in-one spices Britam golf tourney in Muthaiga

Britam Group Managing Director Dr. Benson Wairegi (left) presents a cheque worth Kshs 1million to ...
Britam Group Managing Director Dr. Benson Wairegi (left) presents a cheque worth Kshs 1million to Kanyi Gachoka, the winner of the Britam@50 Corporate Golf tournament held at Muthaiga Golf Club over the weekend. Looking on are Britam’s Director for Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Mr Muthoga Ngera and Britam Asset Managers CEO Kenneth Kaniu. PHOTO/Courtesy

Former Muthaiga Golf Club Chairman Kanyi Gachoka sunk a magnificent hole-in-one to win Kshs 1m at the Britam 50th anniversary Corporate Golf Tournament held at his par 72 home course.

The sponsors had designated the par 3, 150 yards, 13th hole for the rare hole-in-one competition and Gachoka duly obliged to carry home the special prize.

This however is not his first time to sink a hole in one at the Muthaiga golf club.

“We were having a great four-ball time on the course when we reached the 13th where I had shot a hole-in-one some eight months ago.

One of my four-ball said it was a fluke. I kept quiet, took my seven iron and sunk that ball right in. I’m amazed that I have done it again,” the elated Kanyi gushed.

Kieni Member of Parliament, Kanini Kega carded a superb 42 stable ford points; 19 in the front and 23 in the back nine, to emerge the overall winner.

“I was to play H.E the Governor of Nairobi, Evans Kidero, but I got held up and he teed off earlier than me. My four-ball was great, I am delighted since I have not been on this podium for a while and it feels good to win this tournament,” Kanini told.

The Duncan Mwaniki playing of handicap 17 was the men winner with 42 stable ford points of 22 in the front and 20 in the rear nine.

Kenya Golf Union chairman Anthony Muhoro playing handicap 6 was a stroke behind (18, 23) in second.

Irene Auma of Muthaiga was the lady winner. Playing off handicap 26 she shot 18 and 20 for 38.

Playing of handicap 12 Susan Kanyoro was second, carding 17 and 19 for 36 gross on count back.

Joe Muchekehu, playing off handicap 8, was the staff winner with 42 stableford points of 17 and 25 with Dr. Benson Wairegi who is also Britam’s CEO coming second. Playing off handicap 16 Wairegi shot 38 points (19 and 19).


“This is our 50th anniversary and we are delighted that we have come this far through the support that Kenyans continue to offer this company. We will continue to give you top-shelve services ensuring that you have the best in the market. Our support for golf in Kenya is an ongoing endeavor and we will continue to engage with golfers across the country,” the CEO added.

A large field of 231 golfers took to the course for the tournament.

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