OPATI CROWNED THE TOP LOCAL AMATEUR AFTER CLINCHING THE KENYA AMATEUR OPEN AT THIKA CLUB

By ENOCK NGOME

David Opati is the winner of the Keringet Kenya Amateur Open. Opati, a scratch handicap golfer, a member of the Golf Park Golf Club and a member of the national team, returned a score of 1-over par 289 after four rounds on the par-72 golf course at the THIKA Sports Club.

With this victory Opati automatically claims a place in the 2012 Kenya Open, a Challenge Tour professional golf event.

Opati started his campaign at THIKA with a opening score of 1-under par 71, he followed this with a 4-under par 68 establishing a 7-stroke lead that was narrowed down to a 4-stroke lead at the end of the third round. Patrick Kingori, Joseph Karanja, Robinson Owiti and Justus Madoya failed to capitalize on  Opati’s, poor finishing round of 75 on day three of the championship, returning equally poor rounds.

Opati’s rounds of 71, 68, 75 and 75 for 1-over total of 289 may have been good for a 9-strong victory and the Kenya Amateur Trophy, but failing to break par on a relatively easy golf course is damning for the standards of golf in Kenya. Justus Madoya, Robinson Owiti, Joseph Karanja, Anthony Kinuthia and Patrick Kingori finished second on 10-over par 298.

The Kenya Amateur Open is part of the Keringet sponsored KGU Golfer of the Year and is the most prestigious amateur championship in Kenya.

Three events now remain on the Keringet GOTY series; the Manchester Salver in Eldoret, the Uhuru Shield at Royal Nairobi and the season ender, the Nyali Open at the Nyali Golf and Country Club. Keringet have committed to support the GOTY series for three years. canada goose jacke herren canada goose jacke herren

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