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Home player Nzioki wins Chairman’s Prize at Machakos

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By LARRY NGALA
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One of the leading golfers at Machakos Golf Club Jackson Nzioki, playing off handicap six, carded an impressive score of 37 points despite the tough condition of the course due to the ongoing rains, to claim the overall title in the Chairman’s (Sawran Singh) Prize at the weekend.

Nzioki beat a host of other leading players including Joseph Kavivya, Victot Mutwii, and Major Ben Mumo by one point. In fifth place with 35 points was Jackson Ndunda while Kenya Railway Golf Club’s Paul Orawo was the best guest with a score of 36, winning by two points from his club-mate Adelbert Omooria. In the ladies section, Susan Musyoka posted 28 points to win ahead of Susan Ndolo on 26 points.

The nines went to Francis Muthiani and Ibrahim Lande on 19 points. Eric Mutuku won the nearest to pin prize, while Moi Lemoshira and Nancy Kariuki won the longest drive contest.

At Nanyuki Sports Club, John Mathai won the overall title in the Nanyuki Mall golf tournament with a fine score of 42 points, with Fakazani Makaza on 40 winning the men’s title. Cyprian Bundi was second in the men’s section with a score of 36 points, two points better than Mwangi Gathu of Nyeri and fifth-placed Peter Rimui.

In the ladies section, Mercy Mburu carded 29 points to win on countback from Rosemary Wainaina while Hellen Kurutu was third on 28 points. Leading the guests was James Mwendia with a fine score of 42 points. He won well ahead of Sam King’ori on 36 and the nines went to James Warui and Steve Oundo on 19 and 21 points.

At Kiambu Golf Club, Dan Kamwaro emerged the overall winner of the Doctors golf tournament sponsored by Dr. Kamundia, Dr. Matu and Dr. Gatinu. Playing off handicap 18, Kamwaro carded 36 points.

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Taking the men’s title was Fredrick Njoroge who also carded 36 points on the tough and wet course where Julius Kinuthia was second in the men’s section with a score of 34 points, beating George Kamau on countback.

In the ladies section, Margaret Nyambura posted 36 points. Taking the gross title was John Ngure on eight over par 80. Leading the sponsors was George Muiruri 32 points. The nines went to Samuel Macharia on 20 and Njoroge Kamunge with 21 points. The event attracted a field of 90 players.

At Ruiru; Ladies Open golf tournament; Winner- Silver Division; Winner- Catherine Wambui 75, Charity Njoroge 76. Bronze- Winer- Winnie Mwangi 78, Caroline Njeru 79, Silver Gross winner- Lucy Njuguna 94m Bronze- Jane Mwaura 105. Men subsidiary winner- Patrick Wainaina 39 pts, Chris Andrea 36 pts.

At Sigona; Sanyo Armco Golf Day; Winner- Chris Kimani 41 pts, Nawaz Popat 41, Lady winner- Zipporah Wachira 35, Guest- D.Nyakang’o 31. Nines- Imran Nanji 22, Solomon Kanja 21.

At Muthaiga; KAFGC Patron’s Prize; Men winner- Ben Murimi 40, Allan Hicks 39, Shiv Shah 37, Lady winner- F.W. Maina 33, cb Samira Furrer, Junior Winner- Aaron Abey 37, Guest- Kevin Juma 35, KDF Winner- Major General Francis Ogolla 29 pts.

At Karen: December Mug sponsored by Hemingways collection; Gross winner- Wade Kilburn 75 gross. Winn Div. A- Robert Keter 40 pts, Peter Waweru 38, Nines; Gilbert Maina 22, ken Kubasu 21. B Div- Coln Halley 41, Allan Wainaina 39, Nines; Patrick Rono 21, David Nduati 19. Div C Asif Sheikh 40, Paul Wangururo 40, Nines; Aman Sheikh 19, Jonathan Njine 19 pts.

At Kakamega; Lady Captain’s Prize; Overall winner- J. Akhonya 34 pts, K. Chandaria 34, J. Anyonyi 32, Men winner- J. Ashioya 31, N. Ongalo 31. Lady winner- Betty Shikuku 32, Leah Luchivya 29 pts.

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Europe beckons for South African rugby after Kiwi snub

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jul 20World Cup-winning Springbok Schalk Brits believes the future of South African rugby lies in Europe after New Zealand said there was no room for sides from the republic in Super Rugby.

“All of this jet lag and flying across different time zones just does not work,” said the hooker who retired after the triumphant 2019 World Cup campaign.

“We have got so many South Africans playing in Europe and it would be awesome to see them in action here for European clubs.”

With New Zealand favouring a trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition, South Africa Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux will address the media Tuesday about the way forward.

There has been no rugby in South Africa since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, which claimed 5,033 lives by late Sunday, the most in an African country.

Here, AFP Sport looks at the possibilities for the world champions Springboks and Super Rugby teams the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers.

Rugby Championship

There has been speculation that the six-round annual tournament will be cut to four matches with New Zealand and Australia playing in South Africa only every second year.

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That would be a huge blow for SA Rugby coffers as the century-old rivalry with the All Blacks makes them a huge drawcard.

South Africa might consider abandoning the Championship and pursuing a suggestion by former All Blacks Justin Marshall and Jeff Wilson for three-Test tours between the great rivals.

“British and Irish Lions tours are so successful because we look forward to them,” noted another ex-All Black, John Kirwan. The same could be said of an All Blacks-Springboks series.

‘Seven Nations’

Should South African franchises move north, would the Springboks follow suit and apply to join England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales in a ‘Seven Nations’ championship?

Having the world champions on board would surely excite the organisers and costs would be greatly reduced if the Springboks played their three away matches on consecutive weekends.

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England, Ireland, France and Wales, in particular, would bring freshness for rugby followers, who have not rushed to the turnstiles for Championship visits by Australia and Argentina.

Ask the SA Rugby treasurer for his ‘dream’ line-up and he would surely say a multi-Test tour by the All Blacks and participation in the ‘Seven Nations’.

Super Rugby

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Although not official yet, the reality is that New Zealand want to play some Australian sides and the Pacific Islands in a new competition while excluding South Africa and Argentina.

The original version, a Super 10 between 1993 and 1995, was a superb competition, but constant tinkering and expansion has led to waning interest in a difficult-to-follow event.

Even those supporting the Golden Lions of South Africa could not have derived too much satisfaction from a 94-7 thrashing of Japanese visitors the Sunwolves three years ago.

South Africa sides often battled with time differences in Australasia — New Zealand is 11 hours ahead of the republic — and were weary after four-match tours.

‘Pro16’

Pro14 chief executive Martin Anayi says he would welcome Super Rugby ‘rejects’ the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers into an expanded edition.

“The tournament works well but could be even better if we added some South African teams,” he said, referring to a competition that also includes Irish, Italian, Scottish and Welsh teams.

But there may be no room for the two current South African Pro14 participants, the Cheetahs and Kings, who have experienced very different fortunes.

While the Cheetahs have been competitive, the Kings won just four of 55 matches in three seasons with some of the losing margins embarrassing.

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Currie Cup

The domestic competition has survived constant format changes to remain the vital ‘nursery’ from which Springboks emerge.

First staged in 1892, it was the bedrock of South African rugby until the dawn of professionalism after the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

As Test and Super Rugby fixtures took up an increasing amount of the season, the Currie Cup often battled for calendar space.

But it survived and this year could feature the four Super Rugby sides plus the Cheetahs, Kings, Griquas and Pumas, if play is possible amid the coronavirus.

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Kenya’s coronavirus cases rise to 13,771 after 418 more infections

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Kenya on Monday reported 418 more Covid-19 infections, raising the country’s tally to 13,771 since the virus was first confirmed on March 13.

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Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman also reported four more deaths, raising the toll to 238. He rectified an earlier report about 19 deaths in a single day, which would have been the highest number ever recorded in Kenya.

The 418 new patients were found following the testing of 2,474 samples in the last 24 hours.

Four hundred and eight of them were Kenyans and 10 foreigners while male patients numbered 263 and female patients 155.

Dr Aman also announced that 494 patients had been discharged, raising the country’s total number of recoveries to 5,616.

Of the recovered patients, 465 were under home care and the rest in hospitals.

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