Women shone at the Cropnuts golf tournament that was held on Saturday Feb 24th at the Kitale golf club. The tournament is a build up to the TransNzoia Open by the Kenya Golf Union which produces Kenya’s best amateur golfers.
During the Cropnuts golf tournament, Sandhya Shah of handicap 13 emerged winner with 39 points followed by Hannah Rutenbar of handicap 7 with 36 points. Ken Matonya came a close third with 34 points and Harun Ndegwa also scored 34 points but was beaten by Matonya on count back. Jennifer Wasike came 5th with 33 points.
Phyllis Kisuna and Mercy Njuguna were the first and second nine winners respectively while the longest drive for women came from Hannah Rutenbar and the longest drive for men came from T. Andersen.
“We have over 60 golfers who include flower farmers, sugarcane farmers, maize farmers, horticulture farmers and many other farmers. We want to encourage them to take up our independent agronomy services package which is a new concept in the North Rift. Independent agronomy is where we come to your farm as a team of specialists and advise you on all parts of good agronomic practices all the way from machinery, weed management, fertilizer management, planting, spraying, disease control and fall army worm control among other things. We believe that with good agronomic practices we can raise the yields of maize farmers from an average of 18 to 22 bags per acre to about 40 bags per acre,” said Jeremy Cordingley, Cropnuts Managing Director.
With the dry spell covering most parts of the country, Tomno admitted that the course is dry which might pose a challenge to golfers.
“The tournament was good but the course was difficult and the sun was extremely hot but we still managed to achieve above average results,” said Tomno Patrice, Kitale Golf Club Captain.
The Cropnuts golf tournament will be an annual event at the Kitale Golf Club.
View more pics of the inaugural event here