Greg Snow and Samuel Njoroge will lead several high profile players back to Nairobi after failing to make the six over par cutline on the second day of the fourth leg of the Safari Tour at the par 71 Nyali Club.
After finishing second and third in Naivasha last week, Njoroge and Snow shot an identical 11 over par 153 to tie in position 37 hence book an early ride from the coastal town. Other high profile players in the early ride include Mohit Mediratta and Edwin Mudanyi who finished joint second at Sigona and the impressive Zimbabwean duo of Tafara Mpofu and Sydney Wemba who lit up the three opening legs of the new season. Home player Mathew Wahome will also cheer form the sidelines after failing to take home ground advantage and allowing the visitors to relegate him to position T37 on a gross score of eleven over par.
The title fight at Nyali is taking shape in what could be another mouthwatering slugfest between arch- rivals Robson Chinhoi and Dismas Indiza. The Zimbabwean shot an impressive three under par 68 today to move seven places up the leaderboard in his quest for a back to back win at Nyali, following his triumph in the last season.
Chinhoi will go into tomorrows “moving day” round, two shots ahead of Indiza who shot one under par 70 today for his first realistic shot at the title this season. But Chinhoi will have to be wary of Simon Ngige currently in second one shot adrift as the Thika man, arguably the most consistent local pro, tries to end his long trophy drought.
Overnight leader Ken Bollo shot six over par 77 today to drop to position T14 but will be delighted to make the cut after multiple failed attempts. He will start tomorrow’s round six shots behind the leader in the company of exciting youngster Taimur Malik who’s one over par 72 round was enough to earn him a second stab at the title after missing the cut at Naivasha and Vetlab.
The two newest pros in town Mutahi Kibugu and Simon Njogu also survived the big drop and will be hoping for an upset as they challenge their vastly experienced opponents in the remaining two rounds. The two were admitted to the paid ranks last month and have been struggling to make a mark on the Tour. Other “new faces” in the money bracket include Nelson Mudanyi and Uganda’s Ronald Rugumayo.
The foreign legion of Malawi’s Paul Chidale, Nigerian Andrew Odoh, Zimbabwe’s Visitor Mapwanya and Aloys Nsabimana continue to knock on the door with great consistency this season.
LEADERBOARD BOARD DAY 4
R. Chinhoi -2
S. Ngige -1
D. Indiza Par
D. Akope +1
V. Mapwanya +1
P. Chidale +2
A. Nsabimana +3
D. Wakhu +3
J. Okello +3
T. Muradzikwa +3
Mutahi Kibugu +3
Erick Ooko +3