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Savannah Golf Tour Fourth Leg Ends as Amateur Golfer Michael Karanga Shocks Heavyweights

The fourth leg of the Savannah Golf Tour came to a close on Tuesday at the Karen Country Club with top amateur Michael Karanga of Kiambu Golf Club, against all odds, emerging victorious.

With an impressive score of  5-under par 67 Karanga beat a strong field of 81 golfers, that entailed both the arteries and top professional golfers to claim the fourth leg.

The top amateur scored birdies successively in the first, second and third holes and had pars in the next six holes to record a flawless first nine.

In the second nine, Karanga held pars in seven holes while scoring birdies in the seventeenth and eighteenth holes to finish off a breathtaking performance by an armature.

He was swept off his feet by the win that saw him walk away with 115,000 Kenya shillings as stipulated by the updated 2022 Rules of Amateur Status.

“I am very excited about this win today. We had a very strong field and the competitiveness was very high. I played my best golf; everything was working to my advantage. I have improved on my driver as I am hitting most fairways and my putting is also good,” he said.

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The second position was taken by the trio of Jacob Okello, Isaiah Otuke and Denis Maara (armature) who all scored 4-under par 68 to walk away with a monetary reward of 87,000 Kenya shillings each.

Okello of Golf Park scored birdies in the third, fifth, and eighth holes of the first nine, whereas in the second nine, he managed biardies in the tenth and twelfth holes.

His Vet Lab Sports Club counterpart Otuke, across both nines, scored managed birdies in the first, second, third, tenth, twelfth, and fifteenth holes but rued bogeys in the thirteenth and seventeenth holes that held him back.

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