Muigua, the star to watch at Africa Amateur Championships

Kiambu golfer Elvis Muigua has set his focus to compete at the Africa Amateur Golf Championships set for South Africa starting form tomorrow.

Fresh from winning the inaugural Great Rift valley Championships, the second leg of Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC) at the par 71 Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha, Nakuru County, Muigua said that his focus will now be on the continental championships set for February 19th to 23rd in South Africa.

“Today’s win is a motivation for the Africa Amateur Championships. I played under great pressure but once I managed to win, it has given me another opportunity to shine,” said Muigua.

This was back to back victories after winning the KAGC opening round of Sigona Bowl in Sigona, before heading to Uganda for Victoria Cup with Kenya team where they retained the title.

At Great Rift, the 20 year old fired three over par 74 in the third and final round for accumulated +12 225 to win the title after facing Ruiru’s Chris Andreas in final round of the 54 hole tournament that teed off on Friday, sinking a par while Andreas dropped two shots to automatically win with one shot.

Last season, Muigua won both the Trans Open in Kitale and Goldfields in Kakamega said that he played under a lot of pressure, especially on the last day.

“After winning the Sigona Bowl, pressure was on me and coming into the final round today (Sunday) we had tied at the top and that was another pressure on how to control the game. In the last hole, he was ahead of me by a shot but I managed to control and with a par, I won with a shot,” said Muigua.

In the opening nine, Muigua and Andreas went head to head with Muigua firing pars in 1,2,4,6,7,8 and 9, dropping a shot in 3 and 5 while Andreas had pars in 1,2,3,4, 6,7,8 with bogeys in 5 and 9 to all play level 37.

At the inward nine, the champion fired two birdies in 13th and 16th with pars in 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th and 18th, dropping a shot and two in 17th and 12th for 37 while his challenger managed a birdie in 16th, a bogey in 10th and double bogey in 19th with all pars for 38 to hand Muigua the win.

The three day 54 hole tournament teed off on Friday came to an end on Sunday, which is also a World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) that attracted 65 amateurs, seeking maximum points ahead of 2025 Magical Kenya Open.

Final leaderboard

  1. Elvis Muigua (Kiambu) 77, 74, 74= 225
  2. Chris Andreas (Ruiru) 76, 75, 75= 226

T3. John Lejirma (Kenya railways) 79, 78, 73=230

T3. Francis Ng’ang’a (Great Rift) 75, 80, 75= 230

T5. Kevin Barasa (Great Rift) 78, 78, 75= 231

T5. Joyce Wanjiru (Kiambu) 76, 77, 78= 231

  1. Ebill Omollo (Vet Lab) 73, 84, 76= 233
  2. Titus Okwong (UGA) 77, 79, 78= 233
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