Chief of Defence Forces Golf Tournament Men’s Overall Winner Mr Joseph Arachi and also the Greenkeeper of Muthaiga Golf Club receive awards from the Commandant National Defence College Major General Andrew Ikenye.
Two hundred and twenty-five golfers teed off at the Muthaiga Golf Course in the 2018 Chief of the Defence Forces (CDF) Golf Tournament on Saturday, 15 December. The one-day tournament included both men and women golfers in various categories; the longest drive, both men and women, nearest to the pin, best nine, and the guest winner. There were also special categories, which included KDF winner and junior golfer category (for minors). Those who emerged victorious in their respective categories were awarded with trophies and goodies.
In the ladies’ category, the overall lady winner was Jane Babsa Nzibo handicap 30 with 36 stableford points and the longest drive lady was Olive Njagi.
In the men’s category, men overall winner was Mr. Joseph Iracha handicap 13 with a total of 38 stableford points. Mr. Iracha is also the greenkeeper of Muthaiga Golf Club. Longest drive men went to Mr. Robert Obondy, the captain of Nakuru Golf Club and the Nearest to Pin award went to Steve Gitau with 1 metre 80cm. The guest winner was Mbugua Simon handicap 21 with a total of 37 points and the juniors’ trophy went to Nganga Mwanyumba handicap 18 and a total of 33 points. The overall KDF winner was Maj (Rtd) Samuel Mbugua handicap 30 and a total of 32 points.
The Patron of the Kenya Defence Forces Golf Association (KDFGA), Major General George Owinow, in his speech thanked the sponsors for agreeing to support the tournament and for continuously standing with KDF in various capacities. He also thanked the golfers for their participation.
“It was an amazing tournament with the enthusiasm you have all shown today and the interest many golfers have shown by participating in this event. It was practically oversubscribed and we hope to see the same turn out next year,” said the patron.
The Commander Kenya Air Force, Major General Francis Ogolla, represented the Chief of the Defence Forces and thanked the Muthaiga Golf Club for agreeing to host the tournament and the sponsors for their support.
“KDF has a long standing relationship with all of you and we thank you for your continued support and hope it continues that way. Again, if you see us here today participating in this tournament, be assured that our primary role of securing this Country is still on going and we are safe,” said Maj Gen Ogolla.
He also thanked the KDFGA Patron for his efforts to revamp golf sport in KDF. He equally acknowledged the hard work of the KDFGA Chairman, Colonel Joe Muracia, in organizing and making the tournament a success.
The CDF tournament, an annual event organised by the KDFGA was sponsored by various companies, including Vivo Energy, Toyota Kenya, The Nation Media Group, Safaricom and William Grants and Sons.
Present for the tournament and award presentation ceremony were representatives from the various sponsoring companies, the Commandant National Defence College Major General Andrew Ikenye, among other senior serving and retired military officers.
The Commandant Kenya Military Academy, who is also the patron of the Kenya Defence Forces Golf Association Major General George Owinow making his remarks during the Chief of Defence Forces Golf Tournament at Muthaiga Golf Club.
Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Francis Ogolla addressing golfers during the CDF Golf tournament at Muthaiga Golf Club.
The Vivo Energy Commercial Manager Mr Joseph Kahuto awards Colonel Kegocha Maroa, on behalf of Major (Rtd) Samuel Mbugua, the winner of the Chief of the Defence Forces Golf Tournament overall winner.
Major General George Owinow goes for a putt during the CDF Golf tournament at the Muthaiga Golf Club.