Kenya pros in slow start as locals dominate at Uganda Open

  • December 3, 2020
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Home players got off to a blistering start at the Uganda Open clinching six of the top 10 places on the leaderboard with Kenya’s bright spark Greg Snow managing T9 finish alongside compatriot David Wakhu.

It was a dream start for veteran Uganda pro Deo Akope and countryman Dennis Anguyo  as  they posted two under par 70 scores to claim the overnight leadership and with it hopes of  a nation, on the first day of action at the par 72 Uganda Golf Club.

But the overnight leaders will definitely not have sound sleep tonight as defending champion Madalisto Muthiya of Zambia and danger man Robson Chinhoi of Zimbabwe lie in wait, only one shot behind after an impressive one under par 71 return on the opening  day.

Kenya’s Greg Snow

Greg Snow got off to a bright start posting a one under par 36 on the front nine buoyed by two birdies on the par fives but dropped two shots on the second nine for a one over par 36. Wakhu was also in fine form navigating the wet course with an identical 36 on both nines.

With six titles to his name, Indiza is under pressure to deliver the performance that has seen him dominate the event for the last 10 years. His quest for the seventh title  did not start off as he may have hoped as the veteran posted a two over par 74, a result that leaves him four shots behind the leaders. It was an error prone round that saw him register four bogeys and one double bogey to undo all the great work he had done sinking four birdies.

Highly fancied Joshua Seale from South Africa, winner in 2016, also endured a poor start closing the day with a two over 74 round, a result that left him T20.

The huge Kenyan contingent will have to put in a super-charged performance tomorrow on the rain-drenched course to stay in contention. Despite comprising more than 30 per cent of the field, none managed to play under par with Snow and Wakhu the best placed at level par. Other top ranked Kenyans include CJ Wangai and Samuel Njoroge T13 on one over par 73 while Indiza and Mathew Omondi complete the top 20 roll T20.

“The course is completely unpredictable following the ongoing rains,” Wangai observed.

The winner of the four day event will take home about Kshs 730,000 and 75 points in the “Road to Magical Kenya” league.

ANGUYO DENNIS (UG)                                  70

AKOPE DEO (UG)                                             70

AINAMANI ABRAHAM (UG)                        71

CHINHOI ROBSON (ZIM)                                               71

NLAREB ISSA (CMRN)                                     71

MUTHIYA MADALITSO (ZAM)                     71

HAPPY ROBERT (UG)                                      71

MUTEBI HERMAN DECO (UG)                     71

SNOW GREG (KE)                                             72

BAGUMA RICHARD (UG)                              72

WAKHU DAVID (KE)                                        72

SEMBO PRIDE (ZW)                                         72

MUYAMBO NYASHA (ZW)                            73

BAGALANA ABBEY (UG)                                                73

KASOZI PHILLIP (UG)                                      73

WANGAI C.J (KE)                                              73

CHEGE S. NJOROGE (KE)                                               73

OBURA OOKO ERIC (KE)                                                73

INANA MUDANYI E. (KE)                                              73

BUKENYA RONALD (UG)                                               74

OMONDI MATTHEW (KE)                             74

INDIZA DISMAS (KE)                                       74

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