Home player Mike Kisia recovered from two early bogeys to level the par 72 Vet Lab Sports Club course as the opening round of this year’s Kabete Open came to a close on Saturday.
Kisia, currently playing off plus two handicap, bogeyed the second and third, but managed to level the nine after picking up birdies on the seventh and ninth.
He, however, dropped two shots at the par three-11th though he made birdies at the 12th, 14th and 17th and was headed to an under par round until he picked up a bogey at the 17th to wind up the round on level par and a shot better than the charging John Karichu.
Karichu birdied the first, seventh, eighth and 18th but against bogeys at the third, fourth, 10th, 11th and 12th for one day over par 73. Finishing a shot behind Karichu were Michael Karanga of Kiambu, Kevin Juma of Royal and Vet Lab Sports Club’s John Mburu.
The second round of the 54-hole event which counts towards the Kenya Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC) series was still on at the time of writing, while the third and final round is set for Sunday.