Limuru Country Club captain Dennis Maara will be the first to tee off on the par 4 at Crown Paints Irrigation Golf Day at Limuru Golf Club on March 3, 2021. [Mose Sammy, The Standard]
The hunt for Kenya Amateur Golf Championship points is the par-72 Nakuru Golf Club this weekend.
The Coronation & Bendor Trophy tournament, in its 96th edition since its inception in 1936, three years after the establishment of the 18-hole course, has attracted a rich field of the crème de la crème of the amateur ranks looking for points.
This is the fourth KAGC event after the start of the year of the Sigona Bowl, which was played at the Sigona Club, Mt Kenya Championship-Nyeri Club and Muthaiga Open-Muthaiga Golf Club, which was held shortly before the end of sporting activities on March 21 were.
With 17 more events to be played before the winner is crowned. The remaining events are; Windsor Classic – Windsor Golf & Country Club, Winston Churchill Trophy – Thika Sports Club, Goldfields Trophy – Kakamega Sports Club, Kenya Amateur Match Play Championship – Muthaiga Golf Club, Railway Invitational – Kenya Railway Golf Club, TransNzoia Championship – Kitale Club, Limuru Open & Brankenhurst Trophy – Limuru Country Club, Coast Open “Barry Cup” – Mombasa Golf Club.
Others are; Nyanza Open “Hippo Pot” – Nyanza Golf Club, Karen Challenge – Karen Country Club, Ronald Marshal & Toby Gibson Trophy – Njoro Country Club, Kabete Open – VetLab Sports Club, Tea Fields Trophy – Kericho Golf Club, Nandi Bears Trophy – Nandi Bears Golf Club, Kenya Amateur Strokeplay Championship – Nakuru Golf Club Manchester Salva-Eldoret Club, Uhuru Shield – Royal Nairobi Golf Club and Nyali Open – Nyali Golf & Country Club.
The Kenya Golf Union (KGU) has already postponed six of the events that were not played during the curfew, with five confirmed on the schedule yet to be published.
Michael Karanga of St. Andrew-Ndumberi goes to Nakuru, who was named the top ranked elite golfer after collecting an incredible (84,66,15) 165 points from the three events. Even if the Muthaiga Golf Clubs Bo Ciera with 80 points behind Karanga catch up with less than half the points of Karanga, although at the beginning of the year he missed both the Sigona Bowl and the Mt. Kenya championship.
John Lejirma from the Kenya Railway Golf Club follows in third place with (17,6,33,11) 61.4 points. Paul Muchangi from Limuru Country Club took fourth place with (188.8.131.52) 55 points.
It will be a battle of resilience and courage as you master the 54 hole challenge on the hilly Nakuru course.
On the first day, the golfers will face a 36-hole challenge before ending on Sunday with the last 18-hole rounds. Located at the base of the extinct Menengai Crater, it tilts 3423 yards (front), 3379 yards (rear) for a total of 6802 yards with spectacular views of Nakuru Town and Lake Nakuru from most of the holes.
It will be interesting to see how the Burning Karanga will fare against the spirited campaign of his training partner and Limuru Country Club captain Dennis Maara in Nakuru Lejirma, who has shown good form in the recent past, as well as other rookies.
A notable absentee from the Nakuru meeting will be Simon Njogu of the Great Rift Valley Golf Resort, who initiated plans to join the pro ranks and South African Mutahi Kibugu.
The first flight of the 96-strong, evenly seeded field is expected to set sail on Saturday at 7 a.m. in a two-round duel with the first team, which is expected to turn around at 11.30 a.m.
“I am ready for Nakuru as it is one of the most coveted tournaments on the KAGC circuit where all the top players from all over the country travel to the trophy,” Karanga said confidently.
Currently the course plays long and the greens hold while the roughs are forgiving, thanks to all the work the tournament put into preparing the course after the club bought new equipment.
“The greens have been conditioned so that they play firmly for the tournament. If the weather is nice, this can be expected for the duration of the two-day duel at the weekend, ”said Captain Luther Kamau.