Dismas Indiza played a stunning six under par 65 round today to take charge of proceedings on the second day of the Safari Tour eighth leg at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club.
Starting the day in fifth position four shots behind the overnight leader, Indiza was quick off the blocks in a near flawless display that saw him sink four birdies on the front nine highlighted by back-to-back birdies on the seventh, eighth and ninth. A bogey on the sixth par four did little to dampen his momentum for a comfortable three under par 33 return at the breather.
On the turn the veteran golfer sunk a breathtaking eagle on the 10th hole before capping off the day with a birdie on the 18th par five for a priceless three under par 32 on the back nine to head to the clubhouse with a three shot lead ahead of his nemesis Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi.
The Zimbabwean posted the day’s second best score after carding four under par 67 to keep Indiza in check. Chinhoi started today’s round on the 10th tee and could only manage a level par performance on the back nine made up of two birdies and two bogeys. Playing like a possessed man, the Zimbabwean shot a stunning four under par 32 on the front nine, birdieing the first, third, fourth and seventh holes to move six places up the leaderboard on two under gross.
Debutant Dayne Moore continued his fine run of form clinging on to the third position after a round of one under par 70. The Zambian was dominant on par fives producing a superb display that saw him gain six shots on the four par fives! The Sunshine Tour regular eagled number four and 10 par fives to add to his collection of three birdies. But two costly double bogeys on the eighth par four and 17th par four coupled with a pair of bogeys halted his surge.
A special mention is in order for home player Greg Snow who’s late charge saw him produce the lowest back nine score of the day- four under 31, a fete that propelled him seven places up the leaderboard to eighth. He however did it the hard way, carding a high two over par 38 on the front nine after a bad start saw him drop a shot on the opening hole and another costly double bogey on the seventh par five. A fine run on the back nine highlighted by four birdies in a bogey-free round, thrust Snow back in to contention.
The term handicap arrest is not uncommon in the golf world. But it is synonymous with amateur golfers and it should not have featured where pros are congregated. Now, after showing pros dust on the opening day, Kenya Amateur Strokeplay champion Jay Sandhu found the going too tough and meekly surrendered the lead to the “owners” after shooting eight over par 79 today. Starting from the back nine, the Royal Nairobi Golf Club player kept his cool for an acceptable two over par 37. The wheels came off on the turn when Sandhu played five consecutive bogeys from the first hole and resumed the service on the eighth hole after a deserved brief par-break on the sixth and seventh holes. Credit to Sandhu for making the cut on a day more than 40 pros were sent packing after exceeding the six over threshold.
Joining Chinhoi and Moore in the remaining two rounds in the slugfest for the Magical Kenya two foreign pros slots are Nigeria’s Andrew Odoh, debutant Malawian Visitor Mapwanya and Nyasha Muyambo.
LEADERBOARD DAY 2
1 Dismas Indiza -5
2 Robson Chinhoi -2
2 Dayne Moore -2
4 Anthony Juma -1
4 C J Wangai -1
4 Mohit Mediratta -1
7 Simon Ngige 0
8 Greg Snow 1
9 Samuel Njoroge 3
10 Nyasha Muyambo 4
10 Jastas Madoya 4