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Home player Kariuki keeps Limuru Open title

Sunday July 14 2019

Limuru Golf Club's John Kariuki follows the progress of his tee shot from the 10th hole tee during round three of the Tannahill Shield tournament on April 17, 2019 at Royal Nairobi Golf Club. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Limuru Golf Club's John Kariuki follows the progress of his tee shot from the 10th hole tee during round three of the Tannahill Shield tournament on April 17, 2019 at Royal Nairobi Golf Club. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

LARRY NGALA
By LARRY NGALA
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Home player John Kariuki on Sunday beat defending champion Robinson Owiti of Vet Lab Sports Club by a shot to keep Limuru Open golf title.

The off-scratch Kariuki, a former Kenya Amateur Stroke play champion, recovered from a double bogey six at the 12th and two more bogeys at the 13th and 15th to post a final round score of three over par 75 for an all-round total of 218.

Kariuki’s second round score of three under 69 which put him in contention for the title, having started the event with two over par 74 on Saturday morning.

He started Sunday’s final round by dropping two shots at the front nine’s fifth and ninth, recovered the two shots at the 10th and 11th before picking up the double at the 12th.

Owiti stayed on course to retaining his title after making pars in all the first nine holes.

But he picked three bogeys at the back nine’s 13th, 16th and 17th for two over par 74 and a total of 219. Kenya Railway Golf Club’s Samuel Njoroge finished third with 222 gross after beating Nyali’s Daniel Nduva on countback.

The Great Rift Valley Golf Resort’s Simon Njogu took the first round gross on 73. Taking the second and third rounds were Mike Kisia (71) and Ebill Omollo on 73.

In the Brackenhurst Cup (Nett), another Limuru player, Dancun Gitonga, posted 216 nett to win three shots from Jeremiah Nyanduru while Royal Nairobi’s Korby Gatiramu was third on 220 nett.

The three nett rounds winners were H. Kip on 71 nett same as second round winner David Irimu while the third round winner was Stephen Orinda with a score of 73 nett.

The Kenya Amateur Golf Championship series takes a one-week break before action resumes with Coast Open at the Mombasa Golf Club course.

This year, the Coast Open also known as Barry Cup is marking 100 years since it was started in 1913. It has been taking place annually save for the first and second World Wars.

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