Dismas Indiza opened the gap atop the leaderboard after a good round that saw him close the second day of the Safari Tour Vetlab leg with a fine four under par 68. Starting the day joint top with Nelson Simwa, Indiza got off to a strong start picking two birdies on the first hole and the par 3 sixth hole before crowning it with an eagle on the par 5 number seven for a commanding four under par 32 at the interval.
He went on to pick two birdies on both par fives on the back nine limiting the damage caused by an uncharacteristic double bogey on number 10 for a level par finish on the side. “I had a good day today. My driver and putter were on point. I am happy I managed to get over the disappointment on number 10 where I missed the fairway off the tee and had to scramble a few shots out of the trees on the right to reach the green on four,” said Indiza.
Not to be wished away easily, last week’s winner Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi maintained good momentum in today’s round charging up the leaderboard steadily after playing one under par 71 to close the day in second position. Starting the day tomorrow six shots off the top should prove motivating enough for the lad from Harare who will be hoping that, against conventional wisdom, lightning will strike twice- and in quick succession.
After a modest opening day, Greg Snow was more aggressive going into the second round to stay in contention. After a slow start on number one which saw him drop a shot, a run of two birdies on the first nine and another two-back-to-back birdies on hole number 14 and 15 saw him finish today’s round two under par 70. “It was a neat round of golf punctuated by a few mistakes but on a golf course like this, bogeys will always be there,” said Snow.
Overnight joint leader Simwa did himself a lot of disservice today after an error-prone round of four over par 76 that saw him drop off the pace. Starting today’s play on the back nine, Simwa had a torrid time and inexplicably shot seven over par 43, a round made up of five bogeys and one triple bogey! A late bogey-free rally on the front nine that saw him pick three birdies only assuaged the damage for the homeboy to close the day in fourth position on two over par.
With the leaderboard looking familiar, all eyes will be on Indiza and Snow, arguably Kenya’s top ranking professional golfers as they head into tomorrow’s round in complete control. Much pressure will be on Indiza as he seeks his first podium finish this season after a slow start.
After the two opening rounds, the cut for qualification to the final rounds was +7. Only 20 players out of a field of 51 will proceed to battle it out for the Kshs 1 million prize money and points towards “the road to Magical Kenya Open 2021”.
Leader board after round 2
Dismas Indiza 138
Robson Chinhoi 144
Greg Snow 145
Nelson Simwa 146
Samuel Njoroge 147
Mathew Wahome 148
Isaiah Otuke 148
Paul Chidale 148
John Wangai 148.