Golf Kabete Open: Edwin Mudanyi wins Kabete Open on home soil

Edwin Mudanyi took advantage of home course to lift the Kabete Open golf championships, the series of Kenya Amateur Golf Championships at par 72 Vet Lab golf course.

The two-day event saw Mudanyi beat junior golfer Agil Is-Haq from Nyali on Sunday to lift the title.

Home player and series leader Mike Kisia who led on day one, lost to Mudanyi by four shots to claim victory.

Mudanyi, who started the event with four over par 76 in the first round, fired one under par 71 during the second round in addition to Sunday’s two over par 74 for a three rounds total of 221 gross.

“It’s the second round which really made all the difference this weekend as I made 17 pars and one birdie for my one under par score. Today, I did not start well, even though I made two birdies and two bogeys in the first nine but missed a number of birdie chances at the back nine where I dropped two shots,” said Mudanyi.

The youngster Is-Haq, a member of Kenya’s national team, also shot two over 74 in the closing round having fired one under par 71 in the second round for a total of 225, beating a home player and pacemaker Mike Kisia on countback.

Kisia, who had set the ball rolling with a level par 72 in the opening round, dropped four shots in the second and five in the closing round (77) to also wind up on 225.

Railway’s Samuel Njoroge finished in fourth place on 226 after a 74 each in the last two rounds. Another youngster, Kibugu Mutahi of Muthaiga tied in fifth place with Thika Sports Club’s Peter Rimui on 228.

Mutahi closed with 75 while Rimui fired 74. Ruiru’s Ben Omondi and John Karichu tied on 229 to also earn some points in the series.

The next event in the series will be the Railway Invitational in two weeks’ time.

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