Emmnanuel Masinde @peoplesport11
Vetlab’s Edwin Mudanyi is the winner of the Manchester Salver golf tournament, the 16th leg of Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC) after beating a strong field to the title at the weekend. Playing Handicap +1, Mudanyi had two over 73 to add to his level that he played on the first day to round up with two over 144 as Vetlab won in Eldoret for the second year in a row.
After last week’s event, sponsored by Mediheal Group of Hospital, the series head to Kisumu for the Nyanza Open in a fortnight, followed by Uhuru Shield before closing the year with the Nyali Open in Mombasa. Mudanyi started by playing one over in the front nine and added another one over in the second nine to round off the event with two over. He had come to Eldoret as the series leader with 371.5 points.
Mudanyi started with a back-to-back pars before shooting a bogey on hole three par three, registering eight pars in the front. He bogeyed on hole 11 but recovered with a birdie on hole 12, dropped a shot on 13 and notched back-to-back birdies on holes 14 and 15 to bring him back into the game and complete with all pars.
“The greens were good and playable but the pins today were a bit tight. I really tried to use my knowledge as this was my home course and my game plan was the same playing away from the pins, that is why I shot low scores,” said Mudanyi.
As Nyali defending champion and second finisher at Uhuru Shield, Mudanyi hopes to do well in the remaining three rounds to win the title. Ruirui’s Bernard Omondi was second with five over 147 followed by Vetlab’s Mike Kisia with six over 148 while Nandi Bears’ Tom Atuma come in fourth with seven over 149.