Karanga, Chepkwony favoured as Nandi Bears host first KAGC meeting

Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC) series leader Michael Karanga will be the star attraction at this weekend’s Open Shield meeting that tees off on par 72 Nandi Bears golf club.

The Nandi county club, hosting the first ever Kenya Golf Union (KGU) will be a two day event that tees off on Saturday, ending on Sunday where golfers will be competing in the 18 holes.

Host firing host captain, Simon Chepkwony has put up his spirited effort to secure podium finish while playing on the home turf.

“This is history in the making and hosting such a big event is a plus to our club. This is the first time ever we are hosting the KGU event,” said Chepkowny.

The slender captain, who last weekend won the ABSA Bank golf tournament played on par 73 Kitale golf club will lead home golfers like club chairman Kimeli Mutai, Elly Barno, Nelson Koech among others.

According to the draw released by the captain on Thursday, Karanga will tee off at 10.10 alongside home player Shadrack Ngetich, Steven Arundel and Eldoret’s Wilson Sugut.

The Kiambu golfer leads th series on 583.5 points ahead of Nyali’s Adel Balala on 505.1 and Kenya Railway’s John Lejirma close the podium on 463.2 points. Dennis Maara (294.7) and vetlab’s Ebill Omollo (197.9) close the top five list.

“Playing at home especially in the first KGU event will be advantageous for me and the club members who will be chasing the titles ahead of Magical Kenya Open golf championships,” added Chepkwony.

Chepkwony will be teeing off at 8.00am with Lejirma, home player Ken Kogo and Simon Karari.

The tournament has attracted top players from neighbouring clubs like Kitale, which will be represented by their captain Richard Kiptum, Eldoret’s Anand Lakhani among others.

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