Michael Karanga wins the inaugural Kiambu Open
Kiambu Golf Club home player Michael Karanga shot a fantastic two under par 72 to win the inaugural Kiambu Open at the weekend. Karanga played a 4 under par in the first round to take a 4 shot lead from Uganda’s Michael Alunga and Kenya Railway’s Joseph Gathumbi.
In the second round, he played two over par and maintained the lead by 4 strokes. Joseph Gathumbi played identical rounds of 1 over par to finish second on 2 over par beating Alunga on count back. Junior Golfer Elvis Muigua had a hole in one in hole number four.
The inaugural Kiambu Open attracted a total of 70 players from Kiambu, VetLab, Golf Park, Eldoret, Windsor, Ruiru, Mombasa, Sigona, Royal Nairobi, Kenya Railway, Uganda, Kericho, Machakos, Kakamega, Muthaiga, Thika Greens, Limuru, Great Rift Valley Golf Clubs. The event is one of the three new events that were added to the Kenya Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC) Circuit including the Golf Park Open held in May and Malindi Open “Vasco Da Gama Cup” held in August. The players compete for KAGC ranking points which contribute to the selection of amateurs to the 2023 Magical Kenya Open. Two Amateurs-Dennis Maara and John Lejirma have already earned slots after winning the Kenya Amateur Matchplay Championship and Kenya Amateur Strokeplay Championship respectively. Kenya Golf Union Chairman, Njani Ndiritu, thanked the club for organizing the event and KenGen for sponsoring the tournament. “We are excited to see the conclusion of a well-organized event and we are open to any requests from clubs to host a KAGC event,” Ndiritu said.
He also urged the golfers to do the Rules Schools Trainings to ensure that the standards of the game is upheld. The Kiambu Captain-Harrison Mwaura thanked Kenya Golf Union for the inclusion of the Kiambu Open in the KAGC Calendar and promised the continued organization of the event annually.