Vetlab professional golfer Nelson Simwa took advantage of local knowledge to earn a well-deserved joint lead after returning a score of two under par 70 on the opening day of the third leg of Safari Tour.
Simwa was slow off the blocks at the long-playing Vetlab course with a score of one over par 37 after bogeying the two par fives on the front nine. A composed Simwa managed to make amends on the back nine picking three birdies on the 10th , 12th and 18th holes in an error-free round that saw him card a three under par 33 to close the day on -2.
“I have all the confidence playing at home. The beauty with the Vetlab course is that it’s long so I use my driver on a total of 13 holes. Driving is the mainstay of my game. Overall I had a great game save for the par five hole 5 where I shanked 40 yards from the green for a very painful bogey,” Simwa observed.
Smarting from two uncharacteristic performances at the opening rounds of the Limuru and Royal legs, Dismas Indiza made clear his intentions of returning to winning ways with an assured round of two under par 70 to claim the co-leadership slot. A sterling display that saw the veteran golfer post an eagle on the par five fifth hole coupled with two birdies on the seventh par five and 13th par four was only brought in check by two bogies on the 1st and 14th holes.
After failing to make the cut in Limuru and finishing a distant eight at Royal, Indiza was elated with his performance today. “I am glad that my putting has improved a lot. I felt very comfortable off the tee today. Also with the return of Caddies today I was able to fully focus on my game unlike the previous rounds,” said Indiza. He will be hard pressed to maintain today’s form in order to make a comeback on the podium.
Last week’s surprise winner Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi had a fairly good outing returning a score of one over par 73 to stay within sight of the leading duo. Also showing early intentions of taking a stab at the Vetlab diadem are CJ Wangai at position three and the chasing pack of Paul Chidale, Jacob Okello and Samuel Njoroge who are T4, three shots behind the overnight joint leaders.
It was a tough opening day for the entire field as only two players managed to play under par, the usually tricky Vetlab greens providing a formidable challenge to the pros. “Ordinary, the greens at Vetlab are super-fast. Matters were made worse today with tricky pin positions making putting a nightmare,” Indiza complained.
Action continues tomorrow.