Safari Tour: Mudanyi takes unprecedented lead at Sigona

  • October 26, 2020
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Edwin Mudanyi went on top of the leaderboard for the first time after a conservative round of level par 72 saw him take advantage of a slip by the overnight leaders David Wakhu and Robson Chinhoi as the fourth leg of Safari Tour entered the second day at Sigona.

Starting the day T3, Mudanyi dropped two shots on the front nine before making a birdie on the par 4 sixth for one over par 37 at the interval. A fine run on the back nine saw the Vetlab player record a birdie on the par 3 number 11 in a bogey free round to head to the Club House at level par 72. Though not the best score for the day, this was enough to hoist Mudanyi to the top undoubtedly a career first. Mudanyi has been on a fine run of form in the current season finishing third in last week’s round at Vetlab.  

Eric Ooko

Joint overnight leaders Chinhoi and Wakhu had a torrid time navigating the tight Sigona course carding 75 and 74 respectively.  A triple bogey on the par 5 tenth hole proved too costly for Chinhoi as a late rally of two birdies on the 13th and 15th hole could only minimize the damage on the back nine to two over par 38 coming hot on the heels of another unconvincing performance on the front nine where the Zimbabwean bogeyed three holes. It was a similar story for Wakhu whose late run of three birdies on the back nine did little to erase a disastrous five over par 41 on the front nine.

The day belonged to veteran Dismas Indiza whose impressive three under par 69 propelled him to joint second with Railway’s Samuel Njoroge and Wakhu having started the day outside the top 10 bracket. A bogey free round propped up by two birdies on the first nine and another one on the back nine was enough to move Indiza a shot behind the leader. He will be seeking to emulate last week’s form which saw him win the Vetlab leg as he goes in to the two final rounds. Despite matching Indiza’s three under par 69 score, Riz Charania still has a mountain to climb after yesterday’s slow start shut him out of the top 10.

Rizwan Charania

The biggest casualty during today’s round was amateur Adel Balala who starting the day in fifth position, dropped out of the top 10 thanks to a round of four over par 76. Also heading south was Great Rift Valley’s Justus Madoya who carded three over par 75 to move down to eighth from T3 yesterday.

At the close of the two rounds, four players are under par boosting their chances of taking a stab at the bonus prize pot. 24 players including three amateurs led by Naomi Wafula made the seven over par 151 second round cut.

Leaderboard after Day 2

Edwin Mudanyi                 -2

David Wakhu                       -1

Dismas Indiza                    -1

Samuel Njoroge                -1

Robson Chinhoi                 par

Brian Njoroge                    par

Eric Ooko                           par

Justus Madoya                  +1

Jacob Okello                      +2

Anthony Juma                   +2

Simon Ngige                      +2

Paul Chidale                       +2

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