Karanga miss the cut at Amateur Championships in Manchester

Kenya’s sole representative at the Amateur Championships Michael Karanga missed the cut after two rounds played on Monday and Tuesday in Manchester, England.

Karanga fired a total of (+13) 156 to miss the cut set at two under par with 64 players in T64 ties in the two rounds in position T279.

In round one on Monday, the Kiambu golfer sunk a rare albatross in round one on Monday in the second hole with a total of (+5) 76 on par 71 Southport & Ainsdale.

The Kenya Amateur Golf Championships series leader started his journey with par in the opening hole par 3 with a better in the second par 5, will all pars in 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9 with a bogey in 4th par 4, and dropping two in 6th par 4 to complete the opening nine with one over par 37.

It was a bad start in the second nine when he fires pars in 10, 11, 12, 13, 17 and 18 before dropping a shot in 14 and 15 and dropping two in 16th for four over par 39 to complete the day with (+5) 76 in a tournament that as attracted 287 golfers drawn from across the world.

In round two on Tuesday evening, at the par 72 Hillside golf club, Karanga managed to fire eight over par 80 to miss the cut.

He managed to sink three birdies in 7, 9 and 11 pars in numerous pars, dropping a shot in 4, 6, 10, 13 and 14 with two shots dropped in 3, 15 and 17.

Karanga also tops the series with 669.9 points after winning Coronation Cup (Nakuru), Sigona Bowl, Windsor Classic, Muthaiga Open and Railway Invitation.

Heading into the third round on Wednesday, South African Ben van Wyk will enjoy a shot lead with 11 under par 132 against Estonia’s Ricahrd Teder, Tiverton’s Eliot Beker and Swiss international Ronan Kleu on 10 under par 133.  

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