Shiharsy, Kiptum to shine as ABSA Bank Golf heads to Kitale

Kitale One Philip Shiharsy and club captain Richard Kiptum will lead other golfers in this weekend’s ABSA Bank Golf tournament on 18 hole Kitale golf club.

Fresh from hosting the Trans Nzoia Open, where Nyali Club’s Adel Balala won, it will be another battle of the wits as the golfers take on the course in a two day event that tees off on Saturday to Sunday.

Kiptum, who took over the reign of the club this year said that as a club, they are well prepared to host the big tournament, which is set to attract many golfers from the region.

“This is such a big event and we want to ensure that we succeed at home. The two day event is not an easy tournament but we are on top of the game to secure good results,” said Kiptum.

He explained that there will be five winners on day one and another five on day two before determining the overall winner for the of the tournament.

“This tournament will be played through the medal format and the two days will be great. The winners on day one and day will not be eligible for overall titles because they would have gained much. However, we shall ensure that the lowest winner will earn better,” said Kiptum.

Shiharsy, the top club player with handicap +1 said that he will be on the course with an aim of practicing ahead of Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC) currently going on in the country.

“The two day event will provide a good environment for me as part of my training for such big events. I have played in some meetings but I have not got good points. Heading into the second half of the annual event, I want to improve,” said Shiharsy.

In the last KAGC event at the par 73 Kitale course, Shiharsy fired 27 over par 246 to end the tournament in the 20th position.

“I want to train more and improve on my putting and swing,” he said. 

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