Former Kenya team captain Robinson Owiti is the overnight leader at the Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC) held on Saturday at par 73 Kitale golf Club.
The vet Lab golfer led in the opening 18 holes by playing two over 75 in Trans Nzoia Open Championships in the early morning play.
Despite afternoon rains, owiti did not bow down to the harsh weather but his resilience paid off when he managed to play six over 79 to emerge top in the 36 holes with eight over 154 in the opening day.
After outwitting the rains, Owiti said the course was challenging especially on farewells after sinking 23 pars, two birdies, nine bogies and two double bogies.
“Th worst part on this course is the farewell and the greens. The farewells are unplayable while the greens are hard and slow,” said Owiti who wants to win the last 18 holes on Sunday to emerge the top.
With the lead, he will be waking up a happy man to complete the 54 hole circuit when he will play other 18 holes on Sunday morning.
Nairobi Royal Club’s Dennis Saikwa managed the second position after losing to Owiti on count back on eight over 154.
Saikwa, currently third on the KAGC played identical five over in opening and closing half.
Muthaiga based golfer Jeff Kubwa completed the top three places with nine over 155. He started badly in the opening half with six over 79 but he reenergized in the last half to three over 76 where downpour disrupted some golfers who hid under the bushy course with Monkeys gibbering noise from trees.
Title defending champion Kenneth Bollo came a distance fourth overall with ten over 156 (80, 76) before Vet lab’s Edwin Mudanyi completing the top five finishers with eleven over 157 (77,80).
The championships resumes Sunday morning for 18 holes.