A fatigued Dismas Indiza will go into tomorrow’s final round of the Safari Tour eighth leg with a narrow one stroke lead after today’s erratic round saw him card one over par 72 at Muthaiga Golf Club.
In a day that the top three contenders struggled for a result, Indiza started slowly bogeying the par three second hole before picking morale-boosting birdies on the fourth and sixth holes. A dropped shot on the ninth earned him a level par finish on the front nine to protect the three shot overnight advantage he was enjoying.
The form that saw him shoot six under par 65 yesterday deserted him on the turn where he only managed a one over par 36. In bizarre circumstances, Indiza failed to find the green on the short par four 15th hole sending his second shot into the water penalty area from less than 150 yards for an unfortunate double bogey. This came immediately after another error of judgement on the 14th hole where the veteran failed to find the green from less than 140 yards to settle for a bogey.
“I cannot say my game is off. I made two costly mistakes all day but generally I feel I am managing the situation well. We are playing less than a week since our last outing in Nyali. The effect of the long trip and lack of adequate resting time has really taken its toll on me,” said Indiza.
Sigona’s Mohit Mediratta is relishing tomorrow’s face off with Indiza after putting in a fine two under par 69 performance today to move second on the leaderboard. Mediratta reclaimed the position he had lost briefly on the second day playing an identical two birdies and one bogey on both nines for a three under gross finish. He will be going for his maiden win on the Tour having come close in 2019 at Royal when he finished second.
“It’s good to be back in the mix. I believe this is where I belong…on top of the leaderboard. My all round game has been good this week and consistency and positive thinking have seen me through,” said Mediratta.
Dayne Moore has been no doubt the most consistent player over the last three days maintaining a stranglehold on the third spot all through. A one over par 72 round today was enough to keep the Zambian in contention on one under par gross. Though he failed to tame the par fives today, his aggressive play was rewarded with an eagle on number 10 but a return of four bogeys and one birdie kept him rooted in the third position on his first attempt on the Tour.
Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi was the day’s biggest casualty, putting in a capricious five over par 76 performance that saw him drop six places down the leaderboard to eighth. Chinhoi was derailed early in the match when he lost his ball on the third hole after driving into the trees on the left, for a double bogey finish. Disoriented, he went on to register three bogeys and another double bogey for a six over par 42 on the first nine. A late rally on the second nine made up of two birdies left him seven shots behind the leader.
“I was just unlucky today. Losing the ball inexplicably left me with a bad feeling that unfortunately affected my game. I know I am way behind the leader but I have not given up. Who knows, I might just shoot 62 tomorrow,” said Chinhoi, winner of three titles on the Tour this year.
Chinhoi’s compatriots Nyasha Muyambo and Visitor Mapwanya continued their fine run charging up the leaderboard into the top 10. In fact, Muyambo produced the day’s best performance of three under par 68 to move to T5. The Zimbabwe trio will be hoping to upstage Kenyans and the experienced Moore from Zambia when the action comes to a close tomorrow.
LEADERBOARD DAY 2
1 Dismas Indiza -4
2 Mohit Mediratta -3
3 Dayne Moore -2
4 Anthony Juma 0
5 Nyasha Muyambo 1
5 Simon Ngige 1
5 C J Wangai 1
8 Robson Chinhoi 3
9 Jastas Madoya 5
9 Greg Snow 5