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Wakhu takes a four shot lead on day three at Great Rift Safari Tour Series

GOLF By Ochieng Oyugi | October 13th 2021
Local golfer David Wakhu hits ball to the green during Day Two of the Kenya Savannah Classic at the Karen Country Club in Nairobi on March 24, 2021. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

Golf Park Golf Club’s David Wakhu finally moved to the top of the leader board going into today's
final round of the 2021 Safari Tour third leg at the Great Rift Valley Golf Resort, Naivasha.

The consistent Wakhu, shot one under par 70, his second in tournament, for a three rounds total of four
under par 209 to jump to the leader board ahead of Muthaiga’s Greg Snow and Kenya Railway Golf Club’s

Samuel Njoroge who finished the day on level par total of 213 each.

“I decided to remain cool and stick according to my plan which was to play at least four under par for the
day.

"I missed a few chances but I am still happy with a two under par and since there is another day
tomorrow, who knows! I could still play a lower score than today," said Wakhu.

Wakhu picked up the only bogey of the day after missing the greens. He then birdied the 13th and 14th holes.

Njoroge on the other hand, birdied the first, fourth and sixth, dropped two shots at the seventh and the
tough par four?ninth. 

He dropped an early shot at the back nine’s 11th. He recovered two at the 13th and 14th.

He missed a par narrowly at the par five?17th but wound up the back nine with a birdie three at the par four?18th for two under par 69 to tie for the second place with Snow who shot two over par 74 after a string of bogeys including a double at the notorious seventh which has proved tough for him since last year.

Snow, had however, picked up a birdie at the par three?third, then he dropped a shot at the fourth and was lucky to escape with a bogey at the sixth after driving to the right bush where he lost a ball, then he over shot the green on the seventh to double the hole. 

At the back nine, Snow made a birdie at the 14th and everything appeared fine until he missed a close one for a par at the 18th.

It was however a disastrous day for senior pro Dismas Indiza who picked up a seven at the par four?ninth after overpitching the green, having three putted the seventh and eighth to cancel two early birdies at the fourth and sixth. 

Indiza started the back nine well, with an early birdie coming at the 11th, though he dropped a shot at the 15th.

It was however, an 11 at the par five?17th where Indiza was penalised two shots for using two caddies, having scored a nine. 

This saw him closed the day on nine over par 80 to drop from third place to 13th place with eight over par 221.  

On the other hand, Malawi’s Paul Chidale shot two under par 69 for a total of one over par 214 in fourth place and still in with a good chance of string to the top in the closing round.

Chidale picked a nine at the 17th after hitting his driver to the bush. 

He had earlier birdied the six, seven and eight, and at the 10th, 13th and 16th.

The final round gets under way from today 8.30am followed by the prize giving ceremony later in the day.

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