The NCBA Bank sponsored Nairobi Local Tour junior tournament came to a close on Sunday with a thrilling final round at the Muthaiga Golf Club.
The 8-leg tour, which began in November 2022, aimed to promote junior golf in Kenya and was organized by U.S. Kids Golf and the Junior Golf Foundation.
In the Boys 15-18 year old category, Krish Shah emerged victorious with 80 gross points, followed by Kevin Anyien with 85.
Junaid Manji was the winner in the 13-14 year old boys category, scoring 71 gross points, and Shashwat Harish came in second with 78 gross.
Yuvraj Rajput won the 12 year old boys category with 85 gross points, and Mwathi Gicheru was the champion among the 11 year olds with 76 gross.
In the boys’ younger categories, Palash Tank was the winner among the 10 year olds with 40 strokes, while Adam Nesbitt earned bragging rights among the 9 year olds with 39 strokes. Jeff Kibe, Ivan Kimutai, and Trevvy Mungai were the winners among the eight, seven and six year olds.
The girls’ categories saw Maryam Mwakitawa as the star among the 15-18 year-olds having scored 84 gross points, followed by Antonia Mbuthia who scored 88.
Audrey Gachora was the winner among the 13-14 year olds with 81 points and Rohini Shah came second with 88 gross points.
Sophia Nesbitt starred among the 11-12 year-olds having hit 82 gross points. Cherono Kipkorir came in second with 86.
Aria Dodhia was the winner among the 9-10 year old girls with 41 gross points, followed by Kanana Muthomi who managed 42. Finally, Wairimu Koi was the champion among the 8 years and under girls’ category with 43 gross points.
NCBA Group MD John Gachora noted the importance of the tournament in advancing golf in Kenya and pledged the company’s support moving forward, saying: “The tournament was exciting and it’s clear that the future of Kenyan golf is bright going by the level of golf skills displayed by the juniors. We are proud to have sponsored this tournament and to have played a part in promoting junior golf in Kenya. We look forward to supporting the growth and development of the sport in the country for years to come.”
The tour which was held during the school holidays featured 8 events played across Thika, Windsor, Karen, Muthaiga, Royal, Sigona and VetLab golf clubs.
It attracted over 1300 golfers from around Nairobi who got a chance to compete and hone their skills in age-appropriate competitions. Select junior winners will get opportunities to play in international tournaments, including the US Kids World Championships.