Ganeev Giddie shot -1 today to cling on the top spot at the ongoing Safari Tour at Limuru Country Club as veteran Dismas Indiza crashed out of the event after failing to make cut. Day two witnessed impressive scores as six players led by Greg Snow played under par to keep alive their hopes of bagging the elusive bonus prize.
Starting off the day T9, Snow shot an impressive 68 today to charge up the leaderboard to the second spot one shot behind overnight leader Giddie. Debutant Samwel Njoroge matched Snow’s performance also closing the day with an impressive 68. Vetlab’s Robinson Owiti also enjoyed a memorable round playing -2 to move up to two shots within the leader in third position. Three players Njoroge, Mathew Omondi and David Wakhu are T4 after finishing the day level par.
But it’s the shock exit of Indiza that stuck out like a sore thumb. The Mumias based player has been the most consistent player, apart from Snow, on the Safari Tour since it was launched two years ago. All has not been well for the veteran golfer in the run up to the resumption of the Tour. Indiza’s home club in Mumias has been closed after the facility became derelict thanks to the collapse of Mumias Sugar Company a move that has seen him starved of golf activity.
“Honestly I was not prepared at all for the opening round of Safari Tour. I am so unfit and lack match practice. My driving and putting were awful over the last two days. But I don’t want to advance many excuses, let me just treat this blip as one of those bad days in office. I will work very hard over the next week so that I can bounce back at the next event at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club,” a dejected Indiza said.
All eyes will be on Samwel Njoroge following his good start after turning pro last week. The former Kenya 1 amateur player had a rude awakening on day one when he played an untidy 76 to finish the day in position 18 but bounced back with an impressive round of 68 to charge up the leaderboard. “I was so nervous yesterday granted that it was my first outing as a pro. I am happy that I have now overcome that feeling after today’s performance. I am looking forward to the remaining two rounds where I would like to play consistently under par,” said Njoroge.
Only 21 players advanced to the final rounds of the event which attracted 52 players. All the country’s leading amateur players led by Mutahi Kibugu, Taimur Malik, Paul Muchangi and Zubair Khan did not make the +7 cut. A total of Kshs one million in prize money will be paid out at the end of the round.