Paul Muchangi defeated William Odera to win the 2019 Kenya Amateur Match Play title on par 72 Limuru Golf club.
Playing on home course, Muchangi beat Golf Park’s William Odera 1-up at the 36th hole in the final match to become the new Kenya Amateur Match Play champion.
Thios was the second time in a row when Muchangi competes at the final after losing to Nyali’s Daniel Nduva last year.
Odera, a past winner, managed to reduce the margin to only one hole in the first few holes of the last 18 holes. He later levelled the scores by taking the 15th and 16th holes though Muchangi went up again at the 17th for the match to move to the last hole (36th) where the two halved the hole with pars for Muchangi to clinch the country’s top amateur golf title.
This victory now makes Muchangi the first amateur player to qualify for the 2020 Magical Kenya Open.
It was a long and tough battle for Muchangi, an expert in short game particularly putting, though it was his semi-final victory against Kenya’s number one amateur Samuel Njoroge of Kenya Railway Golf Club who he also beat 1-up, when his chances for victory became very clear.
Muchangi started the campaign with an easy 8-7 win over N. Kibe in the first round, then beat long-hitting Edwin Kiarie of Thika 5-3 in the second round
However, his toughest matches besides the semis and final, were in the third and quarter final rounds where he met a strong opposition from Kiambu’s Steve Kiaro – who he finally managed to overpower him at the 16th hole to win 3-2.
He won against Nyali’s Mathew Wahome in quarterfinals at the 18th hole with 1-up.
Source: Daily Nation