Lejirma chasing ‘Hippo pot’ title ahead of Uganda Open defence

John Lejirma will be chasing back to back titles when he tees off at the Hippo Pot, the Kenya Amateur Golf Championships series at the Nyanza Golf Club this weekend in preparations to defend his Uganda Open title set for next weekend.

The Kenya Railways golfer won the Railways Invitation event last weekend on his home club with level par 144 with identical level par 72 in both round one and two, the first win in the 2021 series beating series leader Michael Karanga with five shots when he finished with five over par 149, with Dennis Maara completing the podium on +5 149.

“Winning Railway Invitation on home club was good for me and the club at large. It was difficult but I had to battle my way to victory with a big margin unlike in other clubs,” he said.

At the Hippo Pot championships, which tees off on Saturday 27th to 28th in the 36 hole tournament, Lejirma will be hoping to register back to back wins however, he will be up against Karanga, Ebill Omollo among other top amateurs including home players.

He said his focus will be to retain his title he won last year at the Entebbe Golf club where the amateurs will tee off first before the professionals in the Safari Tour series ahead of 2022 Magical Kenya Open golf championships at the Karen club.

“Am using this tournament as part of my preparations to defend the Uganda Open, which may not be easy as it looks,” said Lejirma.

The young golfer, who has been consisted in the KAGC series won last year’s Uganda Open when he carded 287 gross in the 72 hole tournament, beating Uganda captain Joseph Cwinya-ai, Michael Alunga, Joseph Kasozi, Dennis Asaba, Christopher Baguma, Rodell Gaita to win his maiden win away from home.

Lejirma defeated then defending champion Daniel Nduva with David Odhiambo, and Nicholas Rokoine who won the tournament in 2004 and 2007 respectively.

“As a defending champion, I may be under pressure to deliver but that will not affect my game because each player who will tee on that day will have equal opportunities like me. My target will be to secure a double away from home,” said Lejirma.

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