Kiambu's Karanga eyes third consecutive victory at 2023 Muthaiga Open

Michael Karanga makes a swing. [Maarufu Mohamed, Standard].

Kiambu's Michael Karanga is confident of winning the 2023 Muthaiga Open which will kick off this Friday at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club.

Top Amateurs, Professional Golfers, juniors and Ladies set to participate in the event that will be the third Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC) series.

The three days event will run untill Sunday and it's among the 26 series organized by the Kenya Golf Union (KGU).

KGU Vice Chairman Philip Ochola in a statement yesterday that as a current trend, the Muthaiga Open, which will be run under the new R&A rules, will see a participating amateur win cash prizes limited to a maximum of $1000 per event.

The home of golf has put in place a cash prize kitty for the Amateurs and a separate prize purse for the professionals.

Leading the pack at Muthaiga is the reigning Sigona Bowl and Windsor Classic Champion Michael Karanga from Kiambu Golf Club who will be pursuing a hat-trick third victory at the KAGC series.

Kenya Golf Union (KGU) Vice Chairman Philip Ochola. [Maarufu Mohamed, Standard].

Karanga expects a tough battle from John Lejirma of Kenya Railway golf club who has also been in great form.

Ten (10) ladies led by Naomi Wafula, Joyce Wanjiru, Channelle Wangari, Belinda Wanjiru, Mercy Nyanchama, Ashley Awuor, Margaret Njoki, Diana Mbuba, Jackie Walters and Mwongeli Nzioka have signed up to battle for the top positions.

The Junior Golf Foundation (JGF) in preparation for the All Africa Junior Team Championship (AAJTC) to be held in Uganda, between April 15th-21s, has also signed up 15 juniors who are part of the provisional squad to the event.

The juniors include 8 Boys led by Krish Shah, Andrew Wahome, Mikael Kihara, Junaid Manji, Jelani Kihanya, Lee Kimathi, Kevin Anyien, and Trevor Ngotho.

The girls are Chanelle Wangari, Belinda Wanjiru, Maryam Mwakitawa, Audrey Gachora, Bianca Ngecu, Kanana Muthomi and Rasmeet Kaur.

The Captain of Muthaiga Golf Club Bob Ngugi, is delighted to host the high caliber championship at a time when the course is at its best condition coming a few weeks after the Magical Kenya Open.

The Captain has also invited other golfers and fans who wish to cheer their favorite players to grace the occasion.

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