Indiza is Nyanza Golf Club’s KCB Pro-Am champion

Long hitting Mumias golfer Dismas Indiza is the proud winner of the third leg of KCB Pro-Am Golf Tour that ended at par 70 Nyanza Golf Club in Kisumu yesterday.

Indiza fired two under par 70 in the fourth round for a total of 273(68, 66, 71, 68) gross which saw him crowned the leg’s champion yesterday afternoon.

Mumias based Dismaz Indiza tees-off at Nyanza Golf Club during the 2015 KCB Golf Tour.

Mumias based Dismaz Indiza tees-off at Nyanza Golf Club during the 2015 KCB Golf Tour.

Indiza was awarded Sh170, 000 for the feat from the total Sh1 million prize money that was on offer for the 12 players who made the cut on Wednesday.

This is the second time Indiza is emerging top in the series this season having won the opening leg at Nairobi Royal in February.

“I had a bad start in the leg on Tuesday. Things failed to work out. But I kept the faith and turned the leader board on the second day. I have not looked back since then,”Indiza noted with glee.

Indiza had four birdies in first nine (holes one, five, six and nine) and two (holes 11, 15) in the back nine. He was boosted with an Eagle in the tenth. Despite the win, Indiza blamed the rough greens for his misfiring in the putts.

Royal Nairobi golfer David Wakhu  emerged runners up with 277(74,65,69,69) gross to pocket Sh117,000.He was closely followed by Thika’s Simon Ngige who carded  279 gross after recording 69,69,70,71 in the four rounds that commence on Tuesday.

Ngige admitted he struggled with the greens following a wrist injury he incurred the other week.

“The greens were bumpy and course very dry. There was no easy ride on the dry fairways,” noted Ngige who pocketed Sh 102,000 for his third place position.

Day one leader Rizwan Charania of Windsor Hotel and Country Club ended the contest in fourth place with280 gross.

Windsor based Riz Charania tees off during the 2015 KCB Golf Tour at Nyanza Golf Club

Windsor based Riz Charania tees off during the 2015 KCB Golf Tour at Nyanza Golf Club

“I lacked great play  in the front nine  but was better in the back nine today (yesterday). I have not been playing serious golf since Kenya Open in April,” noted Charania, who had three birdies in the last five holes.

A golf clinic was held yesterday afternoon at the course ahead of the corporate amateur golf that tees off at the venue this morning.

The KCB Golf Tour series has so far been to Royal and Thika SC. The fourth round of the tour will be held at Nakuru Golf Club from July 7-19 at Nakuru Golf Club.

KCB Group sponsored the top four Pros of the KCB Pro-Am tour series to play in the South Africa’s Sunshine tour. Last year, the bank sponsored four Pros including  Indiza from Mumias Golf Club, Wangai from Sigona Golf Club, David Wakhu from Royal Nairobi Golf Club and David Odhiambo from Nyanza Golf Club.

The KCB Pro Am Nyanza Golf Tour final results

  1. Dismas Indiza                         273(68, 66, 71, 68)
  2. David Wakhu                          277(74, 65, 69, 69)
  3. Simon Ngugi                           279(69, 69, 70, 71)
  4. Rizwan Charania                    280(67, 73, 71, 69)
  5. Boniface Simwa                      283(69, 72, 72, 70)
  6. Erick Ooko                              286(76, 70, 73, 67)
  7. Brian Njoroge                         287(68, 74, 73, 72)
  8. Frank Matilo                           290(68, 72, 74, 76)
  9. Nelson Mudanyi                     291(72, 65, 79, 75)
  10. J.W. Karanja                          291(71, 70, 76, 74)
  11. David Opati                            295(71, 73, 73, 78)
  12. C.J .Wangai                           293(71, 70, 74, 78)

Jovago Takes Title Sponsorship for QMP Tournament

Jovago, Africa’s leading online hotel booking site marked yet another initiative in bolstering national effort promoting Golf Tourism in the country. The company took on title sponsorship for QMP Golf Tournament held at Thika Sports Club on.

On Saturday, 30th June 2015, Jovago in collaboration with QMP (Quality Meat Packers) saw the sponsorship and awarding of winners in eighteen categories. Estelle Verdier, the Managing Director for Jovago East and Southern Africa termed the tournament a success, urging corporates and industry players to show support and help exploit the full potential of Golfing in Kenya, “when golfers visit our Kenyan courses, they not only pack the best of their clubs, but also include a binoculars and safari gear, golf tourism is a niche that we must explore to improve our global traction”

The history of Golf in Kenya dates back to 1906, when the legendary 9’ hole Royal Nairobi Golf Club was inaugurated. The railway had just completed its snaky meander through Nairobi. The city was beginning to adapt to her new name Nairobi a corrupt version of Enkare Nirrobi (place of cool waters), and as was the rule then, Nairobi had met the prerequisites of a successful, vibrant city!

Golf2Fast forward to date, and Golf has morphed from a sport for the affluent, to an occupation and lifestyle. The sport has impressively captured the tourism industry, with every stakeholder up in a rush to woo this discerning market. A recent report by International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) noted that golf tourists spend more than twice as high as general leisure tourists while on holiday.

With Kenya and Nigeria having been singled out as Africa’s fastest growing Golf destinations, it’s no surprise for the industry holders to shift focus from the traditional 3s (culture, wildlife and environment (beach, flora and fauna) and invest in this emerging market. A big addition to the equation is Golf, now attributed as one of the biggest sources of unseasonal travel.

The Kenya Tourism Board is also keen on promoting the country as a destination for golf tourists in a bid to diversify from the traditional beach and safari. Just earlier in the year, KTB hosted twelve renowned golf writers from the Golf Travel Writers Association on a tour of the country’s best courses.

“We are enthusiastic about this partnership with QMP, as it corresponds to our objective to always be proactive in promoting new channels for local, regional and international tourism” Concluded Verdier.

About Jovago

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