Kenya: Karanga Wins Mt Kenya Championship Title


Kiambu Golf Club’s Michael Karanga beat Nanyuki Sports Club’s Peter Rimui by one shot to claim the 2021 Mt Kenya Golf Championship title at the nine-hole Nyeri Golf Club course over the weekend.

Karanga, who also doubles up as the captain at the Ndumberi Golf Club, fired two under par 70 in the first round, and despite picking up a number of bogeys in the second round for four over par 76, his two rounds aggregate of 146 was still a shot better than Rimui who had posted 76 and 71 for 147.

Three weeks ago, Karanga also beat Rimui to emerge the winner of the season opener Sigona Bowl at Sigona Golf Club. Meanwhile back at Nyeri, Kenya Railway Golf Club’s John Lejirmah was third on 147 after losing the runner up prize to Rimui on countback.

George Kariuki on 148 beat Simon Njogu on countback to finish fourth with Ebill Omollo finishing sixth on 150 griss. Taking the first round prize was Ben Omondi, who shot level par 72, and the second round went to Elly Barno from Nandi Bears on 75 gross.

Taking the overall nett title with an impressive score of 130 nett was Fr Richard Kabuthi, who beat Evans Ngene by 10 shots, while Simon Karari on 142 finished a shot better than Mike Ngene.

At Vet Lab, lady golfer Patricia Gichuru carded 41 points o beat men winner Isaac Makokha by one point for the overall title during the Mary Maingi’s Year Opener golf tournament.

Gichuru posted 16 points in the first nine and 25 points at the back nine, while the Kenya Amateur Match Play champion Makokha, currently preparing for the Magical Kenya Open, posted 20 points in each nine for an excellent 40 points, which earned him the men’s top prize after beating X.N.Iraki and David Evans on countback.

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