Hands shook and knees wobbled as more than 300 golfers battled for glory at the par 72 Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi on Friday and yesterday.
Participants were looking for the ultimate Range Rover prize of 18 million shillings which was strategically placed on the difficult par 3 hole 13.
They also had the chance to lift a Mercedes-Benz on par-3 hole 2, a Prado on par-3 hole 5, a Land Cruiser V8 on par-3 hole 11 and another Land Cruiser on par-3 hole 11. 3 hole 16 during the lucrative Hole-In-One President’s Prize Tournament.
One of the delighted golfers at the tournament was Abel Kimondo from Nakuru Golf Club who was very optimistic as he tried his hand at the brand new machines.
His inspiration was drawn by his recent chance at the Railway Golf Club in Nairobi where he nailed a hole-in-one to get away with a Tuk Tuk.
“I’m going for any car today, although I felt a big adrenaline rush in my swing on hole 13, my knees literally gave out, I ended up hitting the ball too long,” Kimondo told Standard Sports.
Things didn’t go well for former Railway Golf Club president Joe Kehara on Friday.
The retired Kenya Armed Forces captain and Kenya Airways pilot had high hopes of redeeming his scores yesterday.
“The heat was too strong, but I planned to hydrate myself well today, it will allow me to remain vigilant on the course”, underlined Kehara.
Muthaiga golfer Gina Kairu admitted the exciting prizes on offer gave her the creeps, but she tried to distract herself on the course enjoying the play and the cool vibe the fairways provided lush.
Muthaiga Golf Club President Ronald Meru was grateful to the more than 40 sponsors, led by NCBA Bank, who supported his farewell tournament.
“I’m impressed with the turnout, we had 296 players on Friday and a similar number today, the good thing is everyone fought hard to finish on day one, hopefully they do the same today” , Meru said.
The outgoing chairman says the player with the highest total score for the two-day tournament will be the winner, with an awards ceremony scheduled at the club today.
“The top five players from Saturday’s event will also advance to the NCBA Bank Series Finals later in the year,” Meru said.
Meru is expected to end his role as chairman on December 8.