NAIROBI, Kenya- Charles Kariuki emerged the overall winner of the fun-filled eighth Team Fat Rhinos Golf Tournament at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club on Friday.
Kariuki, known in the local golf circuit as ‘CK’, carried the day with 39 stableford points, shooting 19 on the front nine and 20 on the back nine, to pip second-placed Bernard Mwaura (23, 16) on count back as the impressive Edwin Wambua finished third.
The event is the traditional curtain raiser to the grueling Rhino Charge for Fat Rhinos that seeks to consolidate their fund raising effort for the Rhino Ark charity that was founded in 1988 to support conservation in Kenya.
The Aberdares Electric Fence Project is the flagship of the initiative that has raised hundreds of millions towards maintaining the harmonious balance between humans and wildlife in Kenya.
Besides his winners’ medal, Kariuki also bagged two nights for two at the alluring Lake Victoria Golf Resort in Entebbe, Uganda.
“I cannot explain how happy I am to emerge the overall winner of this year’s tournament. Thank you to the Fat Rhinos for making it happen and you can be sure that I will make extreme use of the beautiful course in Uganda,” Kariuki, the Windsor Golf Club based restaurateur gushed.
Ken Abuto was the pro winner whilst Eden Odhiambo shot 20 to emerge the first nine winner while Anthony Juma sunk 22 points to be crowned the second nine victor.
Other than medals, top performers were presented with an assortment of kitchen and household appliances which included televisions, fridges, microwaves among others.
The skies were all clear on the day and from the first tee at noon, players and spectators alike knew they were in for a fantastic day of golf and an array of fun activities lined up alongside.
Fat Rhinos who have a stellar record at the annual Charge and will go for the 2018 edition after signing striking a partnership with leading bookmakers SportPesa.
“It is fantastic to see you all here, coming to support this worthy cause. My team is excited, from the first time they went to the test drive,” Assistant Marketing Manager, Merchandising at SportPesa, Muthoni Kihanya, underscored.
Their car, Fat Betty, was parked on the lawn at the tournament giving spectators a chance to see the beast that is will embark on conquering the tough terrain come June 2.
Team Leader, Deven Jedaja who is better known as ‘Fat Satan’, was pleased with the turnout as he looks forward to lead his team to hit the heights at the Charge.
“I want to thank our sponsors who always stand up for us every year and SportPesa for coming through this year to help out me and my team.
“Without you this would not be possible and I do not take it for granted that you chose to be a part of this,” Deven stressed as he hailed Royal for hosting them yet again.
“There’s a lot of work that goes into this and we are happy that we have had a successful tournament and we look forward to seeing you at the charge next weekend,” he added.
Jathinder Thethy also known as ‘Fat Boy’ is the navigator for the Fat Rhinos and was also in high spirits following the conclusion of the successful tournament.
The final event of the night was an auction conducted to raise more funds for charity purposes and that too was a success.
Items ranging from getaways in some of the most luxurious resorts in the country, home appliances and signed memorabilia from English Premier League Giants Arsenal FC, provided by SportPesa were the main items of the auction.
Autographed Arsenal jerseys and balls from the London club sparked immense bidding from the crowd and managed to attract impressive bids.
As the dust settled on the event, Fat Rhinos retired with belief they will place a respectable finish at this year’s Charge.