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Michael Karanga victorious in Limuru to claim his fifth leg of Amateur Series

 

Michael Karanga emerged the winner of the Limuru open, a leg on the Kenya Amateur Golf Championship series exerts played at the  Limuru Country Club Golf Course.

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Michael Karanga played a great final round of 68 gross in the 2023 Limuru Open to emerge the winner with an overall score of 3 under par 72.

Karanga beat a field of 49 players who made the cut to the final round out of the 96 players that got entry to the tournament.

The win is Karanga’s fifth in 8 tournaments that he has taken part in this year’s series. Karanga missed a 2-yard eagle putt in the final hole but managed to get a birdie which assured him the win by one stroke from the close contestant Godfrey Nsubuga from Uganda.

The win assured Karanga an amount of Kshs 108,000 courtesy of NCBA Bank and Limuru Country Club. Nsubuga had a good run in the final round and achieved the best round score in the tournament of 5 under par, with a glorious eagle on the 18th hole.

Nsubuga ended up with an overall score of 2 under par.

Karanga appreciated the support he has been accorded by Kiambu  and Ndumberi Golf Clubs ahead of his participation in the tournament.

“I was recently sponsored by the Union to participate in the R&A Amateur Championship and the experience I received is beneficial for the sport here in Kenya. I look forward to such tournaments in the future and defending my title next year” he said.

The Kenya Golf Union  Chairman, Philip Ochola,emphasized the importance of the series to the players adding that it helps boost their ranking globally.

“As part of the KAGC Calendar, the Limuru Open not only counts for the Kenya Amateur Ranking Points but also the Club Trophy Points and the World Amateur Golf Ranking Points. We currently have 18 Kenyans ranked in WAGR led by Michael Karanga on position 151 with 688 points.  Adel, Elvis, Lejirma and Maara are also among the top 1000 ranked players in the world. We desire to see our players rise higher. This strengthens the profile of our players and the power of the tournaments.”

The players now switch their focus to the 103rd edition of Coast Open “Barry Cup” that is set to be held next weekend at Mombasa Golf Club.

KAGC Player Ranking and Points- Top 10

  1. Karanga, Michael-Kiambu Golf Club- 778
  2. Lejirma, John-Kenya Railway Golf Club- 499
  3. Muigua, Elvis-Kiambu Golf Club- 338
  4. Maara, Dennis-Limuru Country Club- 275
  5. Nsubuga, Godfrey-Mehta Golf Club- 260
  6. Omollo, Ebill-Vetlab Sports Club- 247
  7. Mulama, Sammy-Golf Park Golf Club- 213
  8. Balala, Adel-Vipingo Golf Resort- 189
  9. Malik, Taimur- Muthaiga Golf Club- 133
  10. Rono, Josphat-Golf Park Golf Club- 115

KAGC Club Trophy Ranking and Points- Top 5

  1. Golf Park Golf Club- 574
  2. Kiambu Golf Club- 540
  3. Vetlab Sports Club- 528
  4. Kenya Railways Golf Club- 204
  5. Muthaiga Golf Club- 191

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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