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Junior Golf Championship now moved to Windsor

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The ongoing heavy rains have forced the organizers of the ongoing NCBA Junior Golf Championship to change the venue of the forthcoming round from Thika Sports Club to Windsor.

“We had sightings of a hippo, then the Thika super highway was flooded in some sections, getting to Thika would have been a problem for everyone. Then the course in Thika is a bit wet because of the heavy rains,” explained Regina Gachora, the Junior Golf Foundation president.

The tournament  has now been moved to Windsor which is in good playing condition despite the heavy rains.

Despite the conditions, the junior played some impressive golf with two categories decided via a play off.

First in the play offs was the girls 13-14 years old. Yolanda Yu and Sophia Nesbitt tied with a score of 85 and the tie breaker was a playoff. They both had a good start in the playoffs, but Yolanda was the stronger one in the end, calming her nerves to putt for the win.

Yolanda says it was not easy and she was nervous because of playing against Sophia Nesbitt who is more experienced.

“My friends like Shuhan Peng and Nawembo were making fun of me before the play offs, that released by pressure and made me laugh a bit. Plus my caddie came back! He was on his way home (before the scores were announced) and my mum called him back, I wasn’t stressed when he showed up,” she said.

On facing Sophia Nesbitt in the play off, she said “Since she wins a lot of competitions and she has a longer golfing age than me, I kind of feel pressured whenever I play her because she is more experienced and I think her tempo and all these are way better than me, but I did it.”

Another category that was decided via a playoff was the boys 12 years category. George Ikirima and Jeff Kivi were tied for 82 and needed a tie breaker.

Despite a poor start in the playoffs, George Ikirima recovered well to beat Jeff Kivi to the title. He says he needed the win and worked towards achieving it.

“I wanted to win because I wanted to climb up the ranks since I was ten points behind my opponents. So I needed to win,” stated Ikirima.

The next leg of the series now moves to Royal Nairobi Golf Club next weekend.

 

 

 

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