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Lejirma now leads in points after clinching the 45th Kenya Amateur strokes play title

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[Kenya Railway’s John Lejirma display his trophy at the 45th Kenya Amateur Stroke play Championship Golf tournament at Vipingo Baobab Ridge Resort Golf Course in Kilifi County .Photo/Pwani.Images]

Kenya Railway’s John Lejirma currently leads in this year’s ongoing Kenya Amateurs Golf rankings (K.A.S.C) after clinching this year’s 45th, Kenya Amateur Strokes play Champion title.

He is placed in the lead with a total of 523.1 points, an effort paid off from braving strong winds and tricky pin positions in the four days of the Championships tournament that ended at the par 72 Vipingo Baobab Ridge Golf Resort Course in Kilifi County over the weekend.

Royal Nairobi Golf Club’s Jay Sandhu follows on 474.4 points and Uganda Golf Club’s Michael Alunga is sitting third on 386.5 points.

In the Championship, Lejirma rounded up the tourney with a round total of 299gross, while Golf Park’s Sammy Mulama tied for the second place with Vet Lab’s Isaack Makhoha after each ended with a round total of 309 gross.

Defending Champion Adel Balala with 310 gross finished third ahead of Kenya National team Captain Dennis who had a round score of 312gross.

The event was jointly sponsored by the Kenya Golf Union (KGU), Vipingo Ridge Golf Resort, Kilifi Mall, CIC Group, Betika.com, PharmaPlus, The Shoe Shine Guys, and the County Government of Kilifi

Out of the 76 Elite Amateurs drawn from various Clubs around the Country with Uganda and Tanzania players, 48 made the cut after the two rounds on Friday before sailing to the two finals rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

Apart from earning points in the Kenya Amateur Golf and the World Amateur Golf Rankings, the Amateurs were awarded cash prizes for the first time, with the overall winner gaining an automatic entry to the 2023 Magical Kenya Open.

The Amateurs are now sharpening their golf tools to take their supremacy rivalry in the remaining next three upcoming KAGC events.

They are the Manchester Salver to be played at Eldoret Club from 5th to 6th, November 2022 and the Kiambu Open will be at Kiambu Club from 19th -20th, November 2022.

The Amateurs then move for the Nandi Bear Open Shield that will be at Nandi Bears from 26th to 27th, November 2022 before the grand finals at Nyali Golf and Country Club in Mombasa County for the Nyali Open from 9th to 11th December 202 where the overall leader will be named and Crowned.

KGU Chairman Njani Nderitu flanked by among other officials, his Vice Chairman and Tournament Director Philip Ochola thanked Sponsors for supporting the tournament and the hosts Vipingo Ridge for allowing the use of the golf course and maintaining the course in excellent shape including the technical team of referees led by David Kihara, David Ndung’u and Vincent Wang’ombe for preparing the course.
“This event is always held around this time of the month every year in honour of the first president late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and many thanks to the Captain, the entire club leadership and accepting to host
This event around the course is in excellent shape. To the sponsors, We also thank you all for supporting this event and helping to promote the game of golf in Kenya and are looking forward to continued partnerships with you, “said Nderitu.

[KGU Chairman Njani Nderitu (right) , flanked by his Vice Chairman Philip Ochola (2nd left) pose with Vipingo Baobab Ridge Golf Club Officials,Richard Frost,Elizabeth Frost and Naomi Wafula (left) during the 45th Kenya Amateur Stroke play Championship golf tournament at Vipingo Baobab Ridge Resort Golf Course in Kilifi County. Photo/Pwani.Images]

He announced that Kenya is lucky to be selected as one of the countries in Africa to hold Level 3 training in 2023 and that all those who have sat for level 2, should kindly register for level 3 with the Union before the end of this month of October 2022.

Nderitu also pointed out that all entries for Kenya Amateur Golf Championship events must be sent by the clubs’ Administrator directly to the host club. The Union emphasize that all players must play by the golf rules. It is

He expressed concern that it was disheartening to hear and encounter cases of cheating which goes against the spirit of this game and warned that cases of No show or not playing all rounds will be dealt with accordingly.

“Players are therefore encouraged to communicate in advance should they not be able to play and since Golf is a gentleman’s game, we urge all of you to always play and compete fairly, “said Nderitu.

The Golf Union boss further said that other Golf Programs of the Union include Golf in Schools where the Union in conjunction with the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and the Ministry of Sports is in the process of constituting a curriculum for Golf in schools.

“The pilot project will start in January 2023 with 10 schools selected by the Ministry of Sports across the country. The training for the PE teachers will commence next month,” said Nderitu.

TOP TEN KAGC RANKING AFTER K.A.S.C AT VIPINGO;
John Lejirma-Kenya Railway Golf Club-523.1points, Jay Sandhu-Royal Nairobi Golf Club-474.4points,
Michael-Alunga Uganda Golf Club-386.5points, Dennis-Maara Limuru Country Club-374.9points,
Sammy Mulama-Golf Park Golf Club-267.7points, Njoroge Kibugu-Muthaiga Golf Club-258.0points,
Adel Balala-Nyali Golf & Country Club-253.0points, Christopher Andrea-Ruiru Sports Club-228.3points,
Isaac Makokha-VetLab Sports Club-195.2points,Ebill Omollo-VetLab Sports Club-193points.