Golf: Ooko leads 20 golfers in Safari Tour
A total of 20 golf professionals and two amateur golfers made the CUT at the end of the second round of the inaugural Safari Tour at the Nyali Golf and Country Club.
The Safari Tour Tournament Director, Patrick Obath established the CUT line at 11-over par, 153, after two rounds.
Royal’s Eric Ooko held onto his R1 lead, after posting a R2 score of two-over par gross 73 and a tournament total of 144 to lead Nyanza’s David Odhiambo by a single stroke. Ooko birdied the 1st, 3rd and 5th holes but he dropped a shot on the par-4 6th and made a double bogey on the par-4 7th. On the back nine, Ooko made a lone birdie on the par-4 12th but dropped shots on the 10th, 16th and 18th holes to finish two-over.
Nyanza’s David Odhiambo posted the first under-par score of the contest, 70 gross, to charge into second place and only one stroke behind Ooko. Alfred Nandwa also posted a score of 1-under 70 in Round 2.
Windsor’s Rizwan Charania posted a two-over score of 73, identical to his Round-1 score. Speaking after his round, Charania said his round came undone by three of Nyali’s toughest holes - the par-4 2nd, the par-3 3rd and par-4 4th. “The second is tough dogleg left, the tee shot is through a tight gap; the third is an equally tough short hole and the fourth is the hardest hole at Nyali,” he said. “Nevertheless I found the putting surface on all three holes but unfortunately 3-putted each one of them.”
Charania made birdies on the 1st, 15th and 17th holes.
Dismas Indiza had a mixed second round, making two birdies on the front nine on the 1st and 9th holes. He followed these with three back to back birdies on the 11th, 12th and 17th holes; however, he dropped shots on the 2nd, 4th, 10th, 15th and 16th holes and an ugly double on the par-3 3rd. Indiza’s finished 1-over gross 72.
Among the amateur golfers George Munyao recorded scores of 77 and 77 for at a total 154 to miss the cut by a single stroke whilst Temi Katembo scored 77 and 80 for 157 to also miss the cut. Kelly Rob returned 86 and 86 for 172 and missed the cut by a mile.
Adel Balala and William Kaguta both finished with totals of 153 to make the cut on the line and will join the Pros into Round-3 and Round-4. [Maarufu Mohamed]
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