Muthaiga Golf Club professional golfer Greg Snow seized the lead at the ongoing Safari Tour at Limuru Country Club after playing +1 on a day of high scoring. The penultimate round of the season opener saw only one player Frank Matilo play under par after a modest round of 71 closely followed by Mathew Omondi and Simon Ngige on level par 72. Today’s round was in stark contrast to yesterday’s outing which saw six players shoot under par.
Snow’s 73 was enough to dethrone 36-hole leader Ganeev Giddie whose nightmare round of 78 saw him drop to T6 at +3, four shots behind the leader. The Vetlab duo of Robinson Owiti and Mathew Omondi remain in the hunt in position T2, on level par just a shot behind Snow.
Tomorrow’s final round will be a daunting task for the leading pack as they must return a score of -3 or better to qualify for the bonus cash payout. “The course set up today was extremely tough. The pin positions were very challenging. In these circumstances, it was near impossible for us to record low scores. But I am optimistic that we shall have a better round tomorrow,” observed Owiti, currently placed second on the leaderboard.
The winner will pocket Kshs 105,000 and 50 points for the Safari Tour league, which is used to select players to the Magical Kenya Open. A bonus of Kshs 45,000 will also be paid out for an overall score of -3 or better. The bonus prize has remained elusive with the players only managing to attain the feat twice out of more than 20 events. This has seen the players led by Professional Golfers of Kenya captain John Wangai criticize the format terming it near mission impossible. “This idea of a bonus cutoff places so much pressure on us no wonder we hardly achieve the set score. I believe if Safari Tour devised a different system of motivating us, then we shall start seeing decent scores far much better than -3,” said Wangai.