Dismas Indiza completed a gun-to-tape performance today, shrugging off a late spirited challenge from Zimbabwe danger man Robson Chinhoi to clinch the Safari Tour third leg at Vetlab. Enjoying a healthy four-shot lead going into the final day, Indiza had the luxury of dropping a shot, carding one over par 73 to bag the much needed victory.
A fine run in the opening two days that saw him rally to an unassailable -6 was enough to earn the veteran Kshs 105, 000 plus a bonus payout of Kshs 45,000 for playing below the -3 cut-off mark.
Coming to the Vetlab leg in desperate need for a win after an underwhelming outing in Limuru and Royal, Indiza has been self-assured, thanks to recovery of precision off the tee and sharp putting.
It’s these two attributes that saw him stave off the challenge from Chinhoi today, starting the day with a birdie on the first hole before dropping three shots with back to back bogeys on the 3rd, 4th and 5th hole. A much-needed birdie on the eighth par 3 helped Indiza regain confidence for a one over par 37 show on the front nine. With victory in sight, Indiza played a less aggressive round on the back nine, dropping only one shot on the par 4 17th hole neutralizing the birdie he had picked on the number 14 par 5 for a level par 36 score, to crown a hugely successful four-day outing at Vetlab.
“This win is very significant for me. Having started the season badly mainly due to lack of game time, to turn it round on the third attempt is fantastic. I believe my game is now back at the right level,” said Indiza.
But if there was a trophy for the most consistent player, this would no doubt be awarded to Chinhoi. Starting the day four shots behind the leader, Chinhoi maintained a firm grip on the second position carding one under par 71 today in a round headlined by four birdies to keep Indiza in check. Fresh from winning the second leg at Royal last week, Chinhoi carried the form to Vetlab carding 73,71,71,71 for a respectable -2 score. Though he narrowly missed the bonus mark, Chinhoi is surely a player to watch.
The anticipated final day spark by Greg Snow failed to materialize after a disastrous round that saw him card six over par 78 to drop down to sixth on the leaderboard. Clearly all did not go as per the script for the Muthaiga Golf Club man as Snow’s challenge fizzled out early on the front nine with three costly bogeys. Matters went from bad to worse on the back nine as Snow shockingly shot four back-to-back bogeys from the 13th to the 16th hole.
Home pro Edwin Mudanyi earned the tag of the surprise package of the tournament after playing three under par 69, the best score for the day, buoyed by five birdies to finish the tournament in a respectable third position. Not a familiar face on the podium, today’s show- and cash- should motivate Mudanyi to aspire for bigger things in the remaining rounds.
Also in the queue to upset the form book was Royal Nairobi Golf Club’s Hesbon Kutwa whose fine run of form at Royal and Vetlab legs has earned him a front row seat in the “Road to Magical Kenya 2021” race. A modest score of +5 after the four rounds was enough to see Kutwa clinch a career best 5th position behind Railway’s Samuel Njoroge.
Greg Snow won the inaugural event at Limuru with score of +1. A week later Chinhoi scorched the Royal course to win the round with a low score of -9. The fourth leg will be played next week at Sigona Golf Club.
Leaderboard Day 4
Dismas Indiza -4
Robson Chinhoi -2
Edwin Mudanyi +3
Samuel Njoroge +4
Hesbon Kutwa +5
Greg Snow +7
Nelson Simwa +8
John Wangai +9
Mathew Wahome +9
Jastas Madoya +10