Ngige on the lead at Great Rift showpiece

By Maarufu Mohamed: Wednesday, November 27th 2019 at 06:10 GMT +3 | Golf
Royal Nairobi Golf club's Erick Ooko tees-off during the Safari Tour third round where he shot 3-under 69 T1 finish alongside Thika Sports Clubs Simon Ngige, October 15, 2019. [Mose Sammy, Standard]

Thika Golf Club’s Simon Ngige played a round of 4-under par, 67, to open a six-stroke lead at the summit of the Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf resort leader board to take his overall score to 4-under par, 209, heading into the final round of action.

Ngige shot a total of six birdies and two bogeys, evenly distributed across the nines to take him six shots clear of Johnnie Walker sponsored Dismas Indiza, who carded a round of 1-under par, 70, to take his gross score to 2-over par, 215, one ahead of Rwanda’s Alloys Nsabimana. The two started the round tied in fourth alongside Railway Golf Club’s Alfred Nandwa. 

PGK captain CJ Wangai, who started the round in second, dropped three places to fifth after returning a round score of 4-over, 75, to take his tally to 5-over par 218. Nigeria’s Andrew Odoh who was tied with Wangai after round two, carded a round score of 6-over par, 77, to see him finish the round in seventh place. 

Amateur Simon Njogu, currently leads the race to the Silver Salver, with a gross score of 4-over par, 217, in the fourth position, 5 shots ahead of Daniel Nduva who has lifted the amateur title thrice this season of the Safari tour.

It was a better scoring round than what was witnessed in the opening two rounds with five players recording scores of par or better, namely, Simon Ngige (4-under par), Simon Njogu (2-under par), home pro Jastas Madoya and Dismas Indiza (1-under par) and Rwanda’s Alloys Nsabimana.

Attention now shifts to the last round of action which tees off at 9 am, with the field chasing Simon Ngige and a stake of the Sh1 million.

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