Golf Park’s David Wakhu produced a stunning five under par 66 round to move on top of the leaderboard as the seventh leg of the Safari Tour entered the second day at Nyali Golf Club.
Wakhu started the day brightly with an eagle on the number one par five and completed the front nine with a birdie on the par four 9th hole for an impressive three under par 33 on the turn. The Golf Park man maintained momentum on the back nine notching two birdies on the par 5 hole 11 and 17 for an outright two shot lead at the end of day two.
Day one leader Simon Ngige dropped one place after a conservative level par highlighted by two bogeys on the front nine and two birdies on the back nine. Ngige will have to throw caution to the wind in the remaining rounds to ward off the challenge from the chasing pack.
As predicted, Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi was in fine form charging two places up the leaderboard after a fine round that saw him card two under par 69. An aggressive round of four birdies and two bogeys was enough to move him three shots behind the leader, a position that leaves the title within his reach. He heads into the final rounds a shot ahead of Greg Snow and Jastas Madoya.
Veteran Dismas Indiza maintained a steady climb gaining four places today to close the day in the sixth position after returning one over par 72.
The day’s other bright spark was Rwanda’s Aloys Nsabimana whose round of one under par 70 propelled him to the top 10. A string of four birdies saw Nsabimana close the day T7.
It was a bad day in office for Eric Ooko and Nelson Mudanyi as they dropped out of the top 10 despite starting the day in the second and third position respectively. Ooko dropped to position T8 after a round of six over par 77. A triple bogey on the par 5 fifth and seven bogeys on the trot erased the four birdies advantage the Golf Park man had managed all day. Muthaiga’s Mudanyi was thrown off balance after returning seven over par 78 made up of five bogeys and one double bogey.
Twenty six players were shown the door after failing to make the +11 cut paving way for 22 players to proceed to the final rounds for a shot at the Kshs 1 million prize money. The biggest casualties were CJ Wangai, Uganda’s Abbey Bagalana and Nigeria’s Andrew Odoh.
Action continues tomorrow.
DAY TWO LEADERBOARD
1 David Wakhu -3
2 Simon Ngige -2
3 Robson Chinhoi Par
4 Greg Snow +3
5 Jastas Madoya +4
6 Dismas Indiza +5
T7 Aloys Nsabimana +6
T7 Michael Madahana +6
T7 Eric Ooko +6
T10 Anthony Juma +7
T10 Mathew Wahome +7
T10 Sullivan Muthugia +7
T10 Kopan Timbe +7