Denmark’s Lasse Jensen played almost flawless golf on a day most others found the going pretty challenging, for a six under for the day, to take the lead away from countryman, Morten Orum Madsen.
Madsen, an early pace setter had maintained a steady hold of the pole position over the first two days of the competition. A late charging Englishman, Gary Lockerbie, joined Jensen at the pole position.
As the competition entered the weekend, the local challenge remained well and alive with both the Mumias based, Dismas Indiza and Vet Lab’s Brian Njoroge holding their places on the leaderboard, until Indiza collapsed and played three over, on the back nine.
However, after his famous hole 13, for the day, for a 75 and ended up tied 22nd, on a three day total score of one under. Brian Njoroge held his own, playing level par 71 for the day and a cumulative three day total of 4 under, to end up tied 6th on the main leaderboard.
The crowd, though small, was enthusiastic as they urged on both the local heroes, in the last two teams of the day. The crowd have been waiting for this moment for a long time now. The last time they cheered on one of their own on a realistic chance of winning the event was when Jacob Okello lost on a play-off: and that was a long time ago. Many of the young golf enthusiasts, following the teams to-day may have no clue about that event.
Cut off point
The cut off on Saturday was determined at 2 over and that reduced the field to 66 from the initial 156 that participated in the first two rounds of the event.
As is usual with these professional golf events, the draw for the remaining two days will be seeded. That puts all those that are playing well in one group and those with the highest scores tee off early in the morning leaving the well playing groups to tee off later in the day.
Dismas Indiza played in the last group for the third round, in the company of Seve Benson, who played level par 71 on the second round for a cumulative two day total of 5 under, and Morten Orum Madsen whose two day total was six under. Indiza, had, of course played a two day cumulative total of five under.
Njoroge had played a two day total of four under and played in the second last group of the day with Englishman Gary Lockerbie and the South African Shaun Norris, both of whom were also at four under for the two days.
The draw for the final day will be seeded on the basis of scores for the third round.
The other Kenyans who made the cut and are therefore playing over the weekend are: Ganeeve Giddie, Stefan Engell Andersen, Nicholas Rokoine and Anil Ashok Shah.