Kenya’s Jastas Madoya had little difficulty winning the Uganda Open championship today despite carding one over par 72 as curtains came down at the Entebbe Golf club.
Enjoying a healthy five stroke lead, Madoya carefully navigated today’s final round as the chasing pack of Dismas Indiza and Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi failed to take the fight to the leader.
The Great Rift Valley Resort Club player returned a level par score on the front nine where he briefly demonstrated his hunger for the title with an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole. Having pulled seven shots clear of Indiza, Madoya had the luxury of dropping three shots on the eighth, tenth and 12th holes but his challengers failed to take advantage of the blip. Scenting victory, Madoya upped the tempo with a pair of birdies on the fourteenth and fifteenth to all but seal the championship.
The pair of Indiza and Chinhoi threw in the towel on the back nine with the veteran Kenyan pro picking bogeys in the last two holes while the Zimbabwean’s fate was sealed on the par three tenth hole when he got a double bogey.
Madoya has been in fine form all week topping the leaderboard all through save for day two when he was ousted briefly by defending champion Chinhoi. Also known as “Pastor”, Madoya carded under par in the three opening rounds and only saw the black number today thanks to the 72 round.
It was a relatively successful campaign for the Kenyan contingent comprising 26 players. Apart from clinching the top two positions, Samuel Njoroge and Eric Ooko finished seventh and eighth respectively as 13 players made the cut.
Pastor Madoya took up golf in 2003 in Naivasha at the age of 17. He enjoyed a stellar career in the amateur ranks breaking into the Kenya team in 2012 where he donned the national colours for three years. During this period, he featured in several events including the East Africa Challenge and Zone Six contests in South Africa, Namibia and Uganda.
Since turning pro in 2016, Madoya has enjoyed little success in the paid ranks save for a rare victory in 2019 when he won the Entebbe Open. And early this year when he won the Safari Tour leg at his home ground.
Form and consistency aside, Madoya has been banking on one weapon in his armory which is beyond most of his competitors- salvation. Having “seen the light” in 2009, Madoya is a staunch Christian currently serving as a Youth Pastor at the Repentance and Holiness church in Naivasha. Pastor Madoya’s daily routine involves waking up as early as 3 am for the morning glory devotion, a routine that has dovetailed perfectly with his golf schedule.
LEADERBOARD DAY 4
J Madoya -13
D Indiza -8
R Chinhoi -6
R Rugumayo -5
V Mapwanya -3
S Wemba -1
S Njoroge Par
E Ooko +2
P Chidale +3
D Akope +3
S Opio +3