•Karanga is fresh from winning the Captain’s Prize at Kiambu Golf Club and moved to number 76th position in the World Amateur Ranking last weekend.
•Karanga, who broke the course record last weekend with his victory, said his focus is to defend the Kiambu Open which enters its second edition this weekend.
Golfer Michael Karanga will be seeking to retain the Kiambu Open— which is a leg of the Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC)— at the par 72 Kiambu Golf Club this weekend.
Karanga is fresh from winning the Captain’s Prize at Kiambu Golf Club and moved to number 76th position in the World Amateur Ranking last weekend.
Karanga, who broke the course record last weekend with his victory, said his focus is to defend the Kiambu Open which enters its second edition this weekend.
“I want to win the Kiambu Open back-to-back because I want to set records that will be difficult to break. I want to set another record on my home turf during the Kiambu Open,” said Karanga.
The three-day 54-hole tournament tees off on Friday and ends on Sunday.
Karanga said after the Kiambu Open, he will be chasing another title at the Royal Club for Uhuru Shield and finally at the Nyali Open, where he hopes to be given the Kenya One trophy officially.
“It is a good feeling playing as Kenya One and with my ranking, I am better placed. Being top 100 in the world at position 76 is not an achievement to be taken for granted."
I have played many tournaments locally and internationally, winning and losing some. I won the Ghana Open and then finished sixth at the Egypt Open. I have so far won 13 titles in the KAGC series,” he revealed.
He said that playing in the 54-hole tournament is good for them because they are rated in the world ranking.
“I feel honoured to be the best Kenyan golfer. I have a vision and I want to set as many records as I can. I want to finish in the top 50 at the end of the year,” said Karanga.
After the Kiambu Open, the amateurs will move to Royal Nairobi for the Uhuru Shield before the series comes to an end at the Nyali Open. Last weekend, Karanga set the Kiambu course record of six under 66.