Thika Sports Club Joseph Gathumbi became the first golfer to qualify for 2018 Kenya Cup golf championships courtesy of a win at Kenya Amateur Matchplay at par 72 Vet Lab golf course today.
Handicap two golfer won the 7th meeting of Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC) at Vet Lab upsetting other golfers when he beat home golfer Edwin Mudanyi 3-1 in the two rounds final.
After losing out on round one of last year’s tournament held at Sigona golf course was to brilliant to two up at the end of the 18 holes.
Gathumbi managed a slim win against Mudanyi as 17 but at 27 holes the duo played draw as they moved up.
The journey to the title was not rosy as he beat David Murigi on the opening day followed by Robert Nyanchoma from Royal club in the second round to qualify for second round.
He managed to finish in top 8 positions after winning against Reuben Langat from Kericho club. With his win, he faced off with last year’s first runner up in the tournament Dennis Saikwa from Royal 2-1 in quarter final to qualify into semi final play.
In the semis, he met with Kenyan top junior Mutahi Kibugu, who is in the team for Victoria Cup to be played in Uganda 4-3 to book a date with Mudanyi as Kibugu finished third overall after edging out Limuru’s John Karichu.
Mudanyi on the other side edged out KAGC leader Karichu 5-3 .
In the subsidiary, Eldoret’s Andrew Chelogoi beat club-mate Aaron Kitur 4-3 to win the title. The championship attracted 64 players from various clubs in the country.