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Coast champ bags Trans Nzoia title

Tuesday June 11 2019

Mathew Wahome of Mombasa Golf Club follows the flight of his tee from the 10th hole during the Kenya Amateur Matchplay Championship at Limuru Golf Club on May 24, 2019. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT |

Mathew Wahome of Mombasa Golf Club follows the flight of his tee from the 10th hole during the Kenya Amateur Matchplay Championship at Limuru Golf Club on May 24, 2019. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

LARRY NGALA
By LARRY NGALA
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Two-time Coast Open champion Matthew Wahome fired an impressive 54-hole total of 219 gross to claim last weekend's Trans Nzoia Open golf title at the par 73 Kitale Golf Club.

This year's tournament was also part of the Kenya Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC) series but attracted a small field of 45 players. Notable absentees were Simon Njogu, Samuel Njoroge, Mutahi Kibugu and Zubair Khan who were away in Burundi for the Africa Region Four Championship.

The off scratch Wahome of Nyali Golf and Country Club in Mombasa, started with a two over par 75 in the first round played in cold and rain condition.

“I had started well, playing one under in the first nine. I however made five bogeys, 10 pars and three birdies,’’ said Wahome.

It was his last two rounds of one under par 72 each which gave him a clear chance of winning his first Trans Nzoia Open.

During the second round, Wahome played three under in the first nine and two over at the back nine.

He then made a good finish in third round on Sunday, firing two under par in the closing nine after starting with one over at the front nine, to set his five shots victory against the Nanyuki based Peter Rimui.

At Limuru Country Club, Tanzania’s top lady Madina Idd beat America based Kenyan lady golfer Josephine Ainley by seven shots, to claim the 54-hole Kenya Ladies Open Stroke play golf championship title for the third successive year.

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