Dismas Indiza today maintained a healthy five-shot lead at the top despite an inconsistent display during the penultimate round of the Safari Tour third leg at Vetlab Sports Club. Starting the day six shots ahead of the chasing pack, an erratic round saw Indiza card five bogeys and four birdies for a one-over-par 73 finish.
Just as in the previous two rounds, Indiza started off slowly dropping two shots on hole number one and number three but recovered quickly with back-to-back birdies on number four and five, then dropped another shot on the number six short hole for a one over par 37 on the front nine. The inconsistency was replicated on the back nine as the veteran dropped two shots on the par 3 11th and par 5 14th hole before making amends with birdies on the 16th and 18th holes.
Inexplicably, the long-hitting Indiza was unable to take advantage of the par 5s managing only one birdie on hole number five. This was in stark contrast with his performance in the opening two rounds where he managed two eagles and a couple of birdies on the long-playing holes.
Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi upped pressure on the leader with a sure display that saw him close the day on 71, the only player in the field to play under par. A collection of four birdies was good enough to erase the damage induced by four bogeys, to keep alive his hopes of clinching the Vetlab event.
Greg Snow also remains in contention after a cautious approach today that saw him play level par 72 to cement his hold on to the third position. A string of four birdies was enough to neutralize a rare double bogey and two bogies on the first nine to keep the Muthaiga professional golfer in the race.
All is set for tomorrow’s nail-biting final round, as the three players, Indiza, Chinhoi and Snow, go head to head in the last group. The trio, with contrasting style of play, will be wary of one another knowing very well that the winner of the Kshs 105,000 prize will more likely come from the group.
Tension was palpable earlier today in the opening exchanges as Indiza and Chinhoi played check-mated one another. Starting off in contrasting style, Indiza dropped a shot on the first hole while Chinhoi picked a birdie. The duo played identical scores in the next four holes before Chinhoi went clear on the seventh hole. Going by today’s display, a lot of drama will surely be served on the Vetlab course tomorrow, a situation that is likely to catapult the eventual winner to break the -3 bonus cut-off threshold.
Leaderboard after Day 3
Dismas Indiza 211
Robson Chinhoi 215
Greg Snow 217
Samuel Njoroge 220
Edwin Asuza 222
Mathew Wahome 222
Hesbon Kutwa 222
Nelson Simwa 222
David Wakhu 223
Mohit Mediratta 223
John Wangai 223