Michael Karanga played a great final round of 68 gross to win the 2023 Limuru Open at the par 72 Limuru golf club on Sunday.
Karanga beat a field of 49 players who made the cut to the final round out of the 96 players that got entry to the tournament. This is his fifth win in the 2023 KAGC series out of the 8 tournaments he has participated in.
Karanga missed a 2-yard eagle putt in the final hole but managed to get a birdie which assured him the win by one stroke from the close contestant Godfrey Nsubuga from Uganda.
Karanga appreciated the support he receives from Kiambu and Ndumberi Golf Clubs and the efforts put in by Limuru Country Club and the Kenya Golf Union in organizing the tournaments. “I was recently sponsored by the Union to participate in the R&A Amateur Championship and the experience I received is beneficial for the sport here in Kenya. I look forward to such tournaments in the future and defending my title next year” he said.
“As part of the KAGC Calendar, the Limuru Open not only counts for the Kenya Amateur Ranking Points but also the Club Trophy Points and the World Amateur Golf Ranking Points. We currently have 18 Kenyans ranked in WAGR led by Michael Karanga on position 151 with 688 points. Adel, Elvis, Lejirma and Maara are also among the top 1000 ranked players in the world. We desire to see our players rise higher. This strengthens the profile of our players and the power of the tournaments,” said KGU chairman Philip Ochola.
The players are gearing up next for the 103rd Coast Open “Barry Cup” that is set to be held next weekend at Mombasa Golf Club.