South Africans steal show at 2018 KCB Karen Masters, Palmer leads the pack
Michael Palmer, a 27-year old from South Africa is the winner of the 2018 KCB Karen Masters. He fired an impressive last round of 5-under par 67 for a total 18-under par 270.
“I am very happy. It has been a tough first half of the year and the validation of the persistence is good. The win has motivated me to go for more glory on the Sunshine Tour,” said Palmer.
Second overall was Merrick Bremner, also of South Africa, with a gross total of 16-under par with compatriots P. Moolman and T. Ryan finishing joint third on 15-under par.
Bremner had led in day one and day three. He lost the coveted blue jacket to Palmer by two shots.
Martin Rohwer and Daniel van Tonder both 13 under were joint fifth.
Jake Roos, also a South African ended his campaign on 12-under par to finish seventh. He was the Kenya Open 2014 winner at the same venue.
Meanwhile, Kenyan Pro Dismas Indiza was the top placed Kenyan pro at joint 33rd. The Mumias long-hitter fired level par on the last round yesterday to lead the five Kenyans who made the cut on Friday.
This year’s Karen Masters attracted a total of 156 golfers, 38 were Kenyans.
The event enters its third edition next year. The Tournament attracted a lot of golf fans from day one to finish. On Saturday there was a Juniors shootout which was a closest-to-pin competition. This entailed the juniors chipping 3 balls from a set distance – from which the closest to the pin of the 3 balls hit was measured and entered as their score.
There were different distances for each age group and the results were judged per the age group: e.g. Age group 7-9yrs: 1st, 2nd, 3rd for boys and girls respectively.
A Hole in one at the KCB Karen Masters by Ryan Cairns 204 meters with a 6 iron at hole #5 made him the winner of a brand new Toyota Prado. It was a Tournament full of fun and incredible surprises.
Next major Tournament will be the rotational Victoria cup Tournament set to take place at VetLab Sports Club 25-28 July, 2019.
Story submitted my Peter Martins Munyuah
TheGolfer Online correspondent – East Africa