Golf-Asba takes KQ safari honours


Winner Asba (centre) and the other winners pose for a souvenir photo with Mrs Vidot and Mr Denis

With his six-year-old son Lester as his caddie, Asba earned the first prize of a return ticket to Nairobi, Kenya, and a Callaway golf bag thanks to his last putt on the second nine, helping him finish with 40 points in the 18-hole stabbleford tournament played at the Seychelles golf club, Anse Aux Pins.

Asba was still on the green when Patrick Flore had put the highest score of 39 on the board and he responded to the challenge in style. Having already scored 20 on the first nine and 18 on the second, Asba needed a minimum two points in the latter part of the contest to close the door on Flore and beat the field of 38 golfers, including four juniors.

He was right up to the task, scooping first prize with a stabbleford score of 40 points (20, 20) and shared his satisfaction with the local and international media.

Speaking to Sports Nation, 31-year-old Asba said he “banked on his experience to win the tournament.”

Asba, who also got the prize for the longest drive, received his return ticket and golf bag from Kenya Airways (Seychelles) manager Zakiya Vidot and Nationals Sports Council’s sports training and development director Bernard Denis.

Runner-up Flore went home with a bag and a silver mug after finishing with 39 points, while Peter Vandervalk, who got the highest score of 21 points on the second nine to finish with 38, was third overall to win a bag.

The ladies’ prize was won by Mandy Didon and Vishal Shah took that for the juniors. Nearest to the pin on the fourth hole was Alix Esparon.

Footage of Saturday’s tournament is to be aired on the SuperSports channel.
Asba will now represent Seychelles in the grand final of the Kenya Airways golf safari tournament on February 25, 2012 in Nairobi. He will join the winners from all the other destinations.

In its third year, the Kenya Airways golf safari series has expanded to 35 tournaments from 11. The 35 tournaments are being played in 17 countries which include Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa and Seychelles.  There are also two tournaments in Bangkok, Thailand and Guangzhou, China.

G. G.

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