In Summary
  • The off scratch Muchangi was leading by three holes after the end of the first 18 holes in the tournament which this year attracted an entry of 64 players drawn from all over the country.

Limuru Country Club’s Paul Muchangi on Sunday beat Golf Park’s William Odera 1-up at the 36th hole in the final match to become the new Kenya Amateur Match Play champion.

The off scratch Muchangi, who lost in the final in the 2018 event to Nyali’s Daniel Nduva, was leading by three holes after the end of the first 18 holes in the tournament which this year attracted an entry of 64 players drawn from all over the country.

However, Odera, a past winner, managed to reduce the margin to only one hole in the first few holes of the last 18 holes. He later levelled the scores by taking the 15th and 16th holes though Muchangi went up again at the 17th for the match to move to the last hole (36th) where the two halved the hole with pars for Muchangi to clinch the country’s top amateur golf title.

This victory now makes Muchangi the first amateur player to qualify for the 2020 Magical Kenya Open.

It was a long and tough battle for Muchangi, an expert in short game particularly putting, though it was his semi-final victory against Kenya’s number one amateur Samuel Njoroge of Kenya Railway Golf Club who he also beat 1-up, when his chances for victory became very clear.

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