Wangai chases Road to Masters hat-trick in Nakuru


Professional Golfers of Kenya (PGK) captain John Wangai follows his tee shoot during the Barclays ...
Professional Golfers of Kenya (PGK) captain John Wangai follows his tee shoot during the Barclays Kenya Open Golf Pro-Am championship at Muthaiga Golf club on March 21, 2018. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Sigona resident pro CJ Wangai will be attempting an unprecedented hat trick when leading pros descend on the par 73 Nakuru Golf Club course for the fourth round of the KCB Road To Karen Masters
  • Having already taken some impressive scalps at Nyali Golf & Country Club and Thika Sports Club, Wangai says he's ready to explode with back to back wins

Sigona resident pro CJ Wangai will be attempting an unprecedented hat trick when leading pros descend on the par 73 Nakuru Golf Club course for the fourth round of the KCB Road To Karen Masters.

Having already taken some impressive scalps at Nyali Golf & Country Club and Thika Sports Club, Wangai says he’s ready to explode with back to back wins.

Wangai who is also the Captain of Professional Golfers of Kenya (PGK) will be up against the likes of Muthaiga’s Greg Snow, long hitting Dismas Indiza of Mumias, Thika Sports Club pro Simon Ngige, Golf Park duo of David Wakhu and Jacob Okello and Royal’s Eric Ooko.

“I will be going for a win in Nakuru. I have been practicing for the better part of last week after a week’s lull during he Tannahill Shield. I’m swinging well at the moment and hitting the ball solidly. Am putting well and believe it will be a good ousting.,” said Wangai.

The event will see pros play a 36- hole two-day stroke-play event from Friday.

They will be joined by amateurs on Saturday’s Pro-Am. Amateurs will play an 18- hole stableford tournament which will be used as a yardstick to ascertain the next six qualifiers for the third edition of the KCB Karen Masters which will be marking it’s second year on the prestigious Sunshine Tour.

The Overall Winner, Men’s Winner, Lady. Winner, Staff Winner, Guest Winner and  Wildcard Winner will earn automatic tickets to the Karen Masters slated for June 25-30.

The top 20 professionals in the order of merit will gain automatic qualification while 7 more will play by PGK invitation.

“KCB Tour has been a great addition for pros to prepare for the Karen

Masters and gives us a chance to improve in our game and play competitively at different courses.” PGK Chairman Charan Thethy said.

Meanwhile, Nakuru Golf Club Captain Hilary Korir has promised amateur golfers an exhilarating day of golf artistry what with the current wet conditions.

“The course is now beginning to get greener following prolonged dry weather with a few patches here and there. The fairways are in good condition and I’m glad the greens can now hold the ball when it spins.

“The par three 17th just as you head towards the clubhouse has always messed up the pros. Its located on a valley and as such offers good challenge We have one par 5 on the front nine and three on the back nine which shouldn’t be a problem to the pros due to their long hitting antics,” Korir sad.

Among amateur players expected to shine in Nakuru are handicap 2 Luther Kamau who was the gross winner at the recent inter county challenge, captain Korir playing off handicap 7, handicap 3 Paul Muya and Sarat Singh (h2).

Shiro Kaine and Esther Karuga both playing off handicap 10 are the frontrunners for the ladies prize. Handicap 9 junior Ali Wasim is also expected to play well.

 

KCB ROAD TO THE MASTERS ORDER OF MERIT

  1. CJ Wangai (Sigona) 30.0points
  2. Greg Snow (Muthaiga) 24
  3. Dismas India (Mumias) 21.5
  4. David Odhiambo (Kisumu) 16.5
  5. Alfred Nandwa (Railways) 15.5

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