Felix Tarus fired seven pars to beat Elgeyo Marakwet County governor Alex Tolgos to win the Magical Kenya Open Golf championships watch party golf tournament played today on nine hole Eldoret Golf Club.
The Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Radiologist Consultant cared 44 stable ford points to win the title sponsored by East Africa Breweries Limited.
Tarus, who played alongside lower handicap golfers led by former captain Kamal Shah, Jackson Kiprono and Fred Kibor said he had a happy morning after his sister gave birth to his niece.
“It was a happy morning for me and after playing with great golfers on the course, they taught me a few tactics hence registering good results,” said Tarus.
Playing handicap 24, Tarus started on a bad footing dropping two shots in the opening hole par five, recovered with a bogey in the second and a par in third but dropped two in 4th and regained with a par in the 5th, bogeyed in 6th parred in 7th and 9th before dropping one in 8th for a total of 23 points in the inward nine.
“The course was a bit fast due to dry grass and instead of chipping I had to putt to secure good points on the greens,” added Tarus.
At the outward nine, Tarus dropped a shot in 10th and 11th before dropping two in the 12th, bogeyed again in 13th then played level in the 14th sunk deep with a bogey in 15th leveled in 16th and concluded with a bogey in 17th and 18th for a total of 21 points.
Toglos, who had earlier on led the brigade carded 41 points to finish second ahead of James Chirchir to third with 39 points. Ravi Shah and Gracemary Karira were in 4th and 5th positions on 37 points each.
Evergreen Virginia Mutei and handicap manager Charles Ng’ang’a were the first and second nine winners on 21 and 22 points respectively.