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Kenyan amateurs ooze with confidence in countdown to MKO showdown today

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024 03:10 | By
Top amateur golfer Michael Karanga (left) gives a few golfing tips to KenGen Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Peter Njenga yesterday. PHOTO/David Ndolo
Top amateur golfer Michael Karanga (left) gives a few golfing tips to KenGen Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Peter Njenga yesterday. PHOTO/David Ndolo

Kenyan amateur golfers sponsored by NCBA Bank have expressed confidence as they gear up for the prestigious Magical Kenya Open, scheduled to tee off this morning to 25th at the par-71 Muthaiga Golf Club.


Four local amateurs: John Lejirma, Deaflympics bronze medallist Isaac Makokha, Africa’s second-best shot hitter Michael Karanga and Josphat Rono will compete against a field of 144 local and international golfers for a chance to be crowned champion of the tournament which is part of the DP World Tour.


Speaking ahead of the tournament, Isaac Makokha, said: “My preparation for this year’s tournament has been rigorous, both mentally and physically, to ensure that I am in peak condition for the tournament. My hope is to make the cut and be able to play throughout the tournament.


I am ready to showcase my talent and make Kenya proud on the international stage. It is a dream come true, and I am committed to making the most of this experience.”


Seasoned amateur player John Lejirma who prides himself as the only Samburu to ever embrace the gentleman’s game, will be making his third attempt in the tournament this year. He expressed his enthusiasm saying: “The Magical Kenya Open is a momentous event for Kenyan golfers, and I am honored to be among the players representing our country. I am focused on giving my all on the course and making Kenya proud.


Meanwhile, Josephat Rono from Golf Park who will be making his debut at the tournament relishes the opportunity to play alongside top golfers around the world, “As a first-timer, I am thrilled at the prospect of competing alongside top golfers from around the world. This opportunity is a dream come true for me, and I am deeply grateful to NCBA Bank for their support this far. I am eager and confident of taking on the challenge and showcase my skills on the international stage, and hope to settle for a respectable position,” said Rono.


Meanwhile, Kiambu Golf Club’s Michael Karanga who emerged as the champion of the 2023 NCBA Kenya Amateur Golf Championship series expressed confidence saying: “Having emerged top of the 2023 NCBA Kenya Amateur Golf Championship series, I am confident in my abilities and ready to take on the challenge of the Magical Kenya Open.

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