Limuru Golf Club Captain Dennis Maara put in an assured performance in the final round to beat series leader Michael Karanga by one shot as the curtains came down on the Coronation Cup & Bendor Trophy at the par 73 Nakuru Golf Club.
Starting the day in fifth position two shots behind day one co-leader Peter Rimui, Maara shot an emphatic three under par to wrap up the proceedings on two under par 217 during the third series of the Kenya Amateur Golf Championship. Maara was quick of the blocks carding a superb 71 opening round but a costly 76 second round almost derailed his charge for a maiden KAGC series win.
KAGC series front runner Karanga maintained consistency in his hunt for the title after posting a final round 73 to finish second, one stroke behind Maara. The Kiambu Golf Club player was steady throughout the three rounds posting an opening round 74 followed by 71 for a share of day one lead. Today’s runner-up finish ensured that Karanga opened an 80 point gap atop the KAGC Order of Merit.
Nanyuki’s Peter Rimui will have to wait a bit longer for that elusive win. Going into the final round in pole position, Rimui faded into fourth position after a final round 75 show threw him off balance. Just like during the Mt Kenya KAGC round in Nyeri, Rimui failed to manage the pressure and dropped off the podium places.
A special mention goes to home player Luther Kamau who despite not being a regular player in the KAGC series gave the perennial contenders a scare. The Nakuru Golf Club captain finished third, three shots behind the leader after posting impressive rounds of 73, 74 and 73. Kamau made good use of home ground advantage to stay in contention throughout the three rounds.
It was yet another bad in office for veteran Paul Muchangi who had a poor outing in Nakuru after he finished eighth. A disastrous 81 score in the second round meant that the immensely experienced Muchangi was only engaged in a damage control exercise in the final round.
Following the conclusion of the fourth round which attracted 102 players, Karanga is on top of the log with 221 points, followed by Maara and Rimui on 144 and 100 points respectively. The biggest casualties after the Nakuru round were Railway’s John Lejirma who dropped from 3rd to 6th place while Muchangi also dropped three places to seventh.
The 5th round in the 21 events KAGC calendar, the Limuru Open and Brackenhurst Trophy, will be held on 10th and 11th July at Limuru Golf Club. The series will be used to select players to Magical Kenya 2022. The final ranking will be based on points accumulated in a player’s best 10 rounds during the calendar year.
D. Maara 71 76 70 217
M. Karanga 74 71 73 218
L. Kamau 73 74 73 220
P. Rimui 76 69 75 220
J. Kamais 75 75 74 224
E. Omollo 78 68 78 224
E. Barno 80 72 73 225
P. Muchangi 75 81 73 229
N. Koech 77 74 70 230
J. Gathumbi 79 74 79 232