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Balala beat Lejirma in play-offs to win Trans Nzoia Open in Kitale

Adel Balala recorded registered back to back Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC) wins with the victory at the Trans Nzoia Open on par 73 Kitale Golf club.

Coming from Nyali, Balala defeated Kenya Railways golfer John Lejirma in the play-offs to win the title after they tied on top with three under 216 and the final winner was determined on the 18th hole played twice.

Balala said that winning in Kabete was his maiden win in the amateurs hoping to cut into the Magical Kenya Open team.

“It was my maiden win in the mataures but I have had good experience while playing as a junior and that experience has helped me to secure double victory,” said Balala.

The tournament also counts for the World Amateur Ranking ahead of 2022 Magical Kenya Open

He added that the course was good for him to enjoy the game and heading into the play-offs, it was shomehow tensed but he beat the odds.

“In sucg situation, composure is good and as a junior I managed to handle such tense moments and I knew I was going for great results and I managed to get them. But above all, the glory belongs to God. I trust him and through him I have managed this great results,” he said.

In the first round, both players halved, and in the second 18, Lejirma’s ball sunk into the bunk to hand Balala an advantage, which he managed to sink with ease to claim the title.

Making his maiden appearance at the Kitale club, Balala has now won two titles in a row following his victory at the Kabete Open at the Vetlab club last weekend.

Lejirma, who became the first amateur to qualify for Magical Kenya Open after beating Vet Lab’s Ebill Omollo to win the Kenya Amateur Match Play title on par 71 Muthaiga Golf club a month ago played level par in the opening round, fired -2 in the second round and -1 at the third and final round to book for the sudden death play-off.

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