Maara swing into Hippo Pot victory in Nyanza

Limuru country club captain Dennis Maara fired an overall 142 gross over the 36 holes to win the Hippo Pot title, the Kenya Amateur Golf Championships series at the par 72 Nyanza golf club.

After finishing second in round one with a shot against Nandi Bears’ golfer Ely Barno, Maara fired level par 72 in the second round to register second victory in the KAGC series to add on his Coronation Trophy he won on 21st June at the Nakuru golf club after beating current series leader Michael Karanga in the 54 hole tournament.

Coming to Nyanza’s 36 hole tournament, Maara was an average player in top ten on the leaderboard with two legs remaining, Uhuru Shield at Royal and Nyali Open at Nyali golf club to conclude the series with hopes of playing at the Magical Kenya Open championships.

“It was challenging playing in the last group that comes with its own pressure but I have played initially in the last group so I understand the pressure that comes with it. And today, I started with a birdie and immediately took the lead and from there I knew I had to play my own game and the other players were giving me pressure but unfortunately their swings were not good with them making it easier for me in terms of pressure,” said Maara.

He teed off with a birdie in the first hole par 5, parred in the second and third before dropping one in 4th but recovered well with a birdie in 5th parred in 6th dropped one in 7th before ending the inward nine with back to back pars in 8th and 9th for a total of 35.

“Yesterday I played very well and Barno, the round one leader was unlucky today when he started with a bogey in a row but the pressure moved from him to me. With good fairways and greens in good conditions accommodating 60 players were on course,” added Maara.

In the outward nine, he started with a par in the 10th bogeyed in 11th, back to back pars in and bogeyed in 18th for 37 to emerge the winner.  

“I want to win for my Limuru club as a captain and I have been finishing in top three for the last three meetings and my focus was to win the title. I want to finish on high to get into the Kenya team and play at the Kenya Open,” he said.

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