Kitale top golfer Philip Shiharsy has stepped up preparations for this weekend’s Nyanza Open, popularly called Hippo Pot, the 13th leg of Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC) on par 70 Nyanza Golf club.
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With golfers taking on 36 holes in two rounds, starting on Saturday and ending on Sunday, handicap 2 Shiharsy will be competing in his fourth event since the series began at Sigona golf club as Sigona Bowl.
Speaking while training at the par 73 Kitale golf club, Shiharsy started with Sigona Bowl at Sigona golf club, played on home club at Trans Nzoia Open and and Nakuru’s Coronation Trophy.
“I have been shaping up my skills ahead of the championships this weekend and they have been successful,” said Shiharsy.
But he will be facing off with defending champion Dennis Saikwa of Nairobi Royal Club. Saikwa played eight over par 148 to claim his maiden title before going ahead to lift Uhuru Shield on home turf to earn him a place to play at 2018 Kenya Open Golf championships at Muthaiga golf club.
In his first round, Saikwa fired sevens over par 77 before playing one over 71 in the third and last round to claim the title.
The jovial golfer said he will be defending his title to ensure that he leaves a mark in the Nyanza based club.
“I will be on the course trying my best to defend my title. I know I will face many challenges with top golfers coming to the event, but that will not hinder my ambitions,” said Saikwa.
Saikwa finished second overall in the KAGC that was won by Edwin Mudanyi who clinched the overall title.
The Vet Lab’s Mudanyi will not be taking part ion the weekend’s meeting after he fractured his right hand while training.
Mudanyi said he will give Hippo Pot a wide berth to give room for other championships ahead.
“I will not travel for Hippo Pot. I will give a rest in preparations for Karen Challenge (set for 1st to 2nd September) and Uganda Amateur Open and the remainder events of in the KAGC,” said Mudanyi who tops the KAGC table with 395.7 points.