Kanana Muthomi was in a class of her own as she completely dominated the girls 11-12 years old category at the US Kids Local Tour tournament played at the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club.
In a field of 15 players, Kanana had an impressive score of 73, 15 shots clear of second-placed Nkini Pasha who scored 88 points.
There was a three-way tie for third position with Bianca Dave, Simaloi Mbeya and Sophia Nesbitt scoring 90 points.
“Well, it was fine; first nine was really good, I was two under in the first nine but the second nine was quite tough. I ended up making a few bogeys and doubles (bogeys) and ended up playing one over. My target was to play in the 60s, but I started being too aggressive with my birdie putts and I ended up making bogeys,” said Kanana after the 18th hole.
The boys 11 year category was the only competition decided via a playoff after Aarin Wabwire and Gitonga Gitobu tied on 84 points. Wabwire was calm in the playoff to beat Gitobu in the first playoff hole.
“It was a good day, I didn’t play well on some holes but overall I played good. It was just careless mistakes that I made,” said Wabwire.
Wabwire said he was scared of the playoff because Gitinga is a very good opponent who is playing well. He claims he won by sheer luck.
On his play in the playoff, he said “first shot was well, I was confident, second shot I went on the green, but when I saw my opponent was close to me I got a bit scared. Third shot was not a good putt, but the fourth shot it went in.”
Shuhan Peng finished third, three shots behind Wabwire and Gitobu.
In the boys 9 years category, Niam Shah had the best score of the day shooting 35 points to emerge the winner. Ishaan Patel was second on 39 points, then 45 points saw a three-way tie third between Mikhail Ladak, Jerome Njiguna and Nick Njoroge.
Another three-way tie for third position was witnessed in the boys 12 years category between Peter Gathogo, Kahir Ladak and Kristen Maina. The category was won by Amar shah on 76 points, just one stroke ahead of his fierce competitor Aidan Gachora. Gachora had won the last two tournaments, beating Amar in the playoff to win the last tournament in Sigona.
The boys 13-14 years category was also very competitive. Andrew Gathere won with 75 points. The second position saw four players tie on 80 points. Maahir Patel, Yuvraj Rajput, Mitansh Thacker and Aarush Vara were only one stroke ahead of Tsevi Soni in sixth.
Ashley Gachora had the overall second-best score of the day, playing level par 36 to win the Girls 9-10 years category. She was followed by Ashley Muyela on 40 points, then Aria Dodhia and Aarna Mengi tied for fourth position on 41 points. Zianna Khoda and Muthoni Kioi both scored 45 points to tie for fifth.
The next tournament, the US Kids Local Tour final tournament will be played at the Muthaiga Golf Club on 5th November.