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Junior Matchplay event enters quarters stage at Sigona

Wednesday August 15 2018

Chanelle Wangari of Makini hits from the seventh during a past tournament. PHOTO | FILE |

Chanelle Wangari of Makini hits from the seventh during a past tournament. PHOTO | FILE |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By LARRY NGALA
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Junior international Daniel Kiragu of Muthaiga will take on Njogu Kungu of Royal in the first quarter-final of the Kenya Junior Matchplay Championship set for Thursday at Sigona Golf Club’s par 72 course.

Except Kungu, who beat Eddy Kiragu 3-2 in the first round, the rest of the players either got walk overs or byes to the last eight. They include Muthaiga’s Emmanuel Njugu, who will now take on Railway’s Kaash Padam, while Windsor’s Taimur Malik is drawn against Virg Iman.

The last match in the 17-18 years category, where at stake will be the Royal and Ancient Trophy, will be between Ali Khimji and Steve Orinda.

In the Windsor Trophy for those aged 14-16, Njoroge Kibugu of Muthaiga is drawn against Nihal Shah while Kaisan Virani will take on Derrick Gitau with Lee Kimani battling Rishab Sagoo. The last game will be between Zayan Din and Adnan Merali.

During the first round, which followed the strokeplay qualifying event, Derrick Gitau beat Wasim Ali 7-6, and Lee Kimani won 3-1 against Brandon Kinuthia while Din outlasted John Wambari at the 19th hole.

In the 13 years and under for the JGF (Junior Golf Foundation) trophy, Celina Patel of Sigona will meet Njukia Kihara who beat Junaid Manji at the 19th, while Mukundi Muthusi will face Kish Shah in the semi-finals.

Mugambi Kimathi, who lost 2-up to Krish Shah, will take on Junaid Manji on Friday’s third-place play-off. There were only six players in this category which has been attracting a big number in the past.

Meanwhile, during the Karen Junior Competition sponsored by Toyota Kenya and Getso Consultants in conjunction with US Kids Golf played at Karen on Tuesday, Ken Njenga won the 18-holes with handicap category after posting 96 gross while Ashley Awuor on 77 was the best girl. The nett title went to Arman Sheikh on 69 and Kelly Otieno was second on 73 nett.

In the girls section, Waridi Maina won on nett 68 ahead of Channelle Wangari with 73 nett. For the nine holes with no handicaps, Leigh Mbuthia won with 52 gross. The girls' category winner was Marya Nyambura on 68 gross ahead of Nkini Pasha on 71.

Leading those who started at the back nine was Taivir Mudher on 54, one better than Dhruv Kavia while Karen Anyango won the girls' prize on 58 gross, beating Maryam Mwakitawa on countback.

In the six holes mini event, Ethan Mbogo beat Gitonga Gitobu on countback with 26 gross. Ruby Njoroge won the girls contest on 30, one better than Amelia Sheikh.