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Lejirma on Kenya Open, eyes Uhuru Shield at Royal

Kenya Amateur Stroke Play champion, John Lejirma, has his sights firmly set on enhancing his points when the Magical Kenya Open Golf tour tees off at the Karen golf club next year.

The Kenya Railways golfer, who failed to defend his Uganda Open title at the Entebbe golf club over the weekend, said he believes amateurs can also prove their mettle at the Kenya Open and has, therefore, vowed to set the trend when the global show comes alive on March 3, 2022.

“I have been training well in preparations for the Magical Kenya Open and I’m just working on my putting because it’s a bit off right now but I’m sure I will sort it out once and for all, but everything else is on point,” said Lejirma.

With only two events remaining in the Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC) series, Lejirma said he will grace this weekend’s Uhuru Shield at the Royal Nairobi club to sharpen his skills, and probably also take a shot at Nyali Open slated for next weekend at the Nyali Club.

“This weekend, I will be playing Uhuru Shield with an aim of winning it after missing to defend my Uganda Open title. I do believe in my swing so definitely I’m looking forward to winning it,” said Lejirma.

Lejirma landed an automatic berth at the event after winning the Kenya Amateur Match Play held at the Muthaiga Club on July 18 after beating Vet Lab’s Ebill Omollo in the finals.

He was joined by Nyali’s Adel Balala who won the Kenya Amateur Stroke-play championships at the Nakuru club.

Lejirma and Balala will be joined by the KAGC winner who will be announced at the last leg of the series.

“I was the first amateur to qualify, and I need to protect that position. And after Nyali our last KAGC event I’ll be participating in the three Safari Tours with pros as I prepare for the Magical Kenya Open,” he said.

During the Uganda Open, Lejirma finished second behind homegrown Joseph Cwinya-ai, who fired 287 gross in the 72-hole tournament with 75, 73, 71 and 68, as the Kenyan settled for second with 290 gross.

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