• Kenya ladies team win regional G& P trophy

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Jun 02, 2011-

The Gilberson and Page(G&P) trophy is on its way back to Kenya.  The national ladies golf team successfully defended their title as the triangular champions on Wednesday winning the second and last test with 27 points for a total of 47 at the Lusaka Golf Club.

Kenya finished 14points ahead of Zimbabwe, who made a surprise comeback from bottom of the table after the first round.

Kenya four time winners of the title since the Ladies Golf Test Series was introduced in 1969 had never won the G&P trophy away from home. The  team was managed by the Kenya Ladies Golf Union chairperson, Eunice Mpenda, who was the winning captain in 2007 in Nairobi.

In the final test match, played at Chainama Hills Golf club in Lusaka hosts Zambia, who were only one point behind Kenya when play started, had a poor day.  They managed only 9 points from both the morning foursomes and afternoon singles.   Zimbabwe, who had 15 points before Wednesday’s final rounds got 9 points from the foursomes against Zambia’s one point, and a similar score in the afternoon from the singles matches.

The defending champions, Kenya got 8 points from the morning’s foursome.  Pairings changed and top seed Kitale’s Bhavi Shah partnered with Muthaiga’s Jane Njoroge to beat Zambia’s Hilda Edwards Tina Nawa 2up but lost to Zimbabwe’s Minter and Alfazema 4/3.  Muthaiga’s Florence Maina with junior golfer Naomi Wafula continued to do damage, winning both their foursomes against Zambia, 6/4 and Zimbabe 2/1.  Muthaiga golfer and captain, Christina Andersen and Royal Nairobi’s Sarah Hoare beat Zambia 2/1 and lost to Zimbabwe 2up.

But it was from the six singles matches that Kenya held their own, winning eight matches, halving three, with one loss for a magnificent total of 19 points.   The final points tally Kenya 47 points, Zimbabwe 33 points, Zambia 28 points.

In the opening test match, Kenya had a slender lead of one point, ahead of hosts Zambia after the opening foursomes and singles matches.

In the morning foursomes, Kenya picked six points from the second seed pair of Florence Maina and Naomi Wafula, who won their matches against Zambia and Zimbabwe.  The third pair of Bhavi Shah and Mwongeli Nzoika beat Zimbabwe but lost to Zambia.  Team captain Christina Andersen, paired with Jane Njoroge however, lost both their matches 3/1 to Zambia and 3/2 to Zimbabwe.

Going into the afternoon singles, Zambia was one shot ahead of Kenya with seven points, and Zimbabwe had five points.  With a maximum of 24 points to be won by any team in the Singles, there was all to play for and the Kenyans had mixed results winning 14 points 

Defending champions Kenya, who won the trophy when it was last played four years ago, were up against home advantage. Zambia held on to win a total of 12 points, six each from Kenya and Zimbabwe in the Singles played at the Lusaka Golf Club, with Zimbabwe collecting 10 points, four from Kenya and six from Zambia. 

The youngest team member, Naomi Wafula won both her matches beating Nan Kennedy of Zambia 8/7 and Zimbabwe’s Loice Chingono 3/1.  Kenya’s top seed and Pretoria-based Bhavi Shah beat the Zambian Devanshi Naik 3/2 but lost to Claire Minter of Zimbabwe 4/3.  Jane Njoroge beat Zimbabwe’s Aulia Alfazema and halved with Kaela Mulenga of Zambia, whilst her Muthaiga club teammate, Florence Maina also beat Zimbabwe’s Margie Brandt 4/2 but lost to Tina Mawa of Zambia in a close match, 1up.

In other results, Christina Andersen beat Zimbabwe’s Estralita Zerf  5/4 but lost to Zambia’s Hilda Edwards 5/3, whilst Royal Nairobi’s Sarah Hoare halved against Zambia but lost to Zimbabwe 5/3.

The team will remain in Zambia this weekend to play the Zambian Ladies Open Strokeplay championships before returning home on Monday June 6, on Kenya Airways, the national ladies team’s sponsor. 

Kenya team members:  Christina Engell Andersen (Captain & Muthaiga golf club); Sarah Hoare (Royal Nairobi); Florence Maina (Muthaiga); Jane Njoroge (Muthaiga); Mwongeli Nzioka (Limuru/Machakos); Bhavi Shah (Kitale); Naomi Wafula (Golf Park) and KLGU Chairman Eunice Mpenda (manager).



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