KCB Karen Masters: Impressive Wangai raring to go after positive run

Top golfer C J Wangai, winner of the four-leg Road To Masters series, is putting final touches to his preparations ahead of Thursday’s KCB Karen Masters. 

After a three-day break, Wangai savoured a round of golf at the par 72 Karen Country Club, which will play host to the Sunshine Tour event from Thursday to Sunday. 

“After the conclusion of Road to Karen Masters series at Royal Nairobi we have had a go at the greens and fairways of Karen Country Club to try and familiarize with the course conditions,” said Wangai, also the professional golfers of Kenya captain.

“Most local pros have been practiced there and we are looking to this week’s Sunshine Tour extravaganza with great expectations.  My swing is closer to where I want it to be. 

“My strength has always been in the tee shots but again you really have to keep the ball on the fairways and enjoy a good short game at the end of each round.”

And, having already taken some impressive scalps recently in Thika and Nyali, Wangai a former admin at Railway and currently the resident pro at Sigona Golf Club sounded quite enthusiastic when asked about his game plan.

 “The game plan is simple,  to capitalize on as many birdies as possible, some eagles which will definitely be few and far between,  putt well and stay focused on the fairways by avoiding the roughs as much as I can.

“ The current rains, he added, have seen the course at Karen revert to its pristine condition but landing on the thick roughs won’t be the best of options when you come to think of drop shots. 

“My plan this week is to make the cut and go for a top 10. Playing in Safari Tour and Road to Karen Masters has been quite inspiring and beneficial, we can only hope for the best this week.”

The third edition of the KCB Karen Masters tees off on Thursday preceded by a Pro-Am. The first two rounds on Thursday and Friday will be used to determine the tournament cut, while the next two from Saturday will ascertain the winner of the blue jacket. 


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