Simon Kimatu from Machakos was named the overall winner of the fifth leg in a thrilling ongoing Safaricom Golf Tour event held at the Machakos Golf Club.

Playing off a handicap of 52, Mr. Kimatu scored 18 points in the first nine before returning 26 Stableford points in the second nine. This was courtesy of a single par, two bogeys, and fourteen double bogeys to produce a total score of 44 points to enable him to claim the overall winner title in the fifth leg.

Commenting on his performance Kimatu noted that he would take his win as a challenge to even perform better in subsequent golf games.

“This is one of my most notable wins this season, and I am excited about it. It now gives me the challenge to start training and preparing for the finals and make sure Machakos golf Club shines in the tour’s grand finale,” said Simon Kimatu.

Mr. Kimatu joins Nicholas Bundi, Leo Gitonga, Zain Manji, and Lydia Jebichii, winners of the Nanyuki, Limuru, Muthaiga, and Nyanza Golf Tours, respectively to fight it out at Vipingo’s grand finale.

Kimanzi Muthengi clinched the Men’s Category with an excellent score of 44 points. Rhoda Koech posted 39 points to claim the top spot in the Ladies’ Category, ahead of Milka Wanjiku with 35 points.

In the Longest Drive challenge, Hill Kip and Nancy Kariuki were the stars in the Men’s and Ladies’ categories. Meanwhile, Caroline Thuo shone during the tournament by posting 38 to clinch the Safaricom Staff prize. Taking the Nearest To Pin prize was George Odhiambo, with John Mwangi winning the overall best 9 categories.

By Ariel Okall