Karanja leads team to PRO-AM victory in Karen

Written By: Claire Wanja
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Scenes from the just concluded #SafariTourKE Pro-Am at @KarenGolfClub

Golf Park’s Joseph Karanja led his team to victory at the PRO-AM event of the Karen Country Club leg of the Safari Tour Golf Series on Saturday after returning a score of 39 to combine with his team’s best amateur score of 44 for a total of 83.

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His team’s efforts were enough to fend off the challenge posed by the team of Muthaiga Golf Club’s Kopan Timbe who returned a score of 38 on the day to combine with his team’s best amateur score to finish second.

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Meanwhile, Golf Park’s Tony Omuli returned a decent score of 36 to combine with his team’s best amateur score to finish in third.

In the subsequent members event, Vet Lab’s Alice Kariuki (handicap 22) emerged overall winner with 39 points; while Karen Country Club’s Eunice Maranya (handicap 16) was overall runner-up with 38 points.

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Karen Country Club’s James Ngotho (handicap 07) emerged third overall with 38 points.

The tournament, which attracted a field of over 170 golfers, was played under the course layout that will be adopted at the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship, giving local pros an opportunity to acclimatize to the course ahead of the tournament.

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Action in the main pro tournament of the Karen Country club leg of the Safari Tour gets underway Sunday at 7:00am with 53 local and regional Pros, and elite amateurs, taking to the course.

Safari Tour Calendar 2018/19

Event 1 – Nyali Golf & CC: 18 – 22 August [Winner: David Wakhu]

Event 2 – Vet Lab SC: 1 – 5 Sept [Winner: Greg Snow]

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Event 3 – Limuru Country Club: 27 – 31 October [Winner: Michael Karanga (am)]

Event 4 – Thika Greens: 14 – 19 December [Winner: Greg Snow]

Event 5 – Muthaiga Golf Club: 11 – 16 January [Winner: Greg Snow]

Event 6 – Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club: 16 – 20 February [Winner: Riz Charania]

Event 7 – Karen Country Club: 23- 27 February (This event does not have Road to Kenya Open points, but shall have a prize money attached to it)

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