It was a case of same script, different course as Greg Snow returned an impressive 69 to go joint top at the end of the second round of the second leg of Safari Tour at Royal Nairobi Golf Club.
Starting the day T10 four shots behind the overnight leader, Snow made a bright start after shooting 34 on the front nine buoyed by two birdies on the par 5 second hole and par 3 number eight. After a flawless back nine which saw the Muthaiga Golf Club man sink a further two birdies, his heroics were brought to a halt on hole number 18 where he made a bogey after failing to hit the green on regulation.
“I had fairly good game today though I should have done better on the putts. The greens here are quite inconsistent in terms of speed it is just impossible to read them correctly,” observed a satisfied Snow.
Snow heads into tomorrow’s round seeking to widen the lead as he eyes a successive double following last week’s victory in the Limuru season opener. He is not sitting comfortable at the top though, as co-leader Golf Park’s Eric Ooko remains a real threat. Formerly a resident pro at Royal, Ooko employed insider knowledge to the fullest with a flawless round on the front nine only to drop one shot at the tricky number 18 to wrap up the day on 70.
Over the last two days, Ooko has shown flashes of brilliance rekindling memories of last year’s round at Royal where he lost to Tony Omuli in a tense playoff. “It was generally a good day in office. I loved my play off the tee. I hit 16 greens on regulation and I cannot complain about my putting too,” said Ooko.
Overnight leader Wangai’s hopes of widening the lead came a cropper after the Sigona pro recorded six bogeys to close the day at level par. “Things did not work out well all day. However, I am only two shots off the lead going in to the final rounds, which is not so bad,” said Wangai.
24 players including two junior amateurs- Muthaiga’s Mutahi Kibugu and Nyali Golf and Country Club’s Adel Balala- made the seven over par 151 cut. Veteran Dismas Indiza was thrown a lifeline sneaking in to tomorrow’s round with an uncharacteristically high score of +7. Also celebrating passage to the money bracket is the home duo of Dennis Saikwa and Hesbon Kutwa whose mastery of the Royal course saw them close the two round at +1 and +4 respectively.
Former number one amateur player Railway Golf Club’s Samuel Njoroge remains among the tournament favourites after two impressive rounds of 72 and 71 for T3 position on his second assignment as a professional golfer.
The leader board after round two
Greg Snow – 142
Ooko Erick Obura – 142
Mutahi Kibugu (AM) – 143
Samuel Njoroge – 143
Robson Chinhoi – 143
C. J. Wangai – 144
Dennis Saikwa – 145
Kopan Timbe – 145
Adel Balala (AM) – 147
Simon Ngige – 147