Long hitting Dismas Indiza from Mumias Golf Club beat Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi by two shots to claim the third leg of the 2020 Safari Tour golf series at the par 72 Vet Lab Sports Club course Wednesday.
Indiza who started the day with a five shots lead, carded one over par 73, his second in two days, for an all round total of four under par 284, to take home the first cash prize of Sh150,000.
He blamed his second shots for his lower aggregate, as well as the tough pin positions on the otherwise well nurtured greens.
“I missed a number of greens because of my second shots. I think because I was a bit tense, but all the same I am happy beating such a strong field of young and tough professionals’’ said Indiza who got off well, picking up a birdie at the first hole but missed the greens on the third, fifth and sixth and three putted the 17th at the back nine.
“After making my birdie at the first hole, I realised the others were making one mistake after another and this kind of gave me the strength to hold onto my lead’’ added Indiza who said his win has given him the confidence to try and play well at Sigona and in Uganda where he said he would like to win.
“I started the season badly, I think because of having stayed for some times without competition, but now my game is fine.’’
Chinhoi also blamed the pin positions for not playing better , saying the greens are hilly and so when the pins are put on sloppy areas where the ball can stop, it becomes very difficult for one to score well.
“I had a very good chance of winning the event if I didn’t miss many birdie chances, though I lost the tournament at the par three- sixth hole where I made three putts from a position I should not have missed. We come here not just to make money but also enjoy the game but when you put the pins in some crazy places, it really makes the situation rather difficult,’’ said Chinhoi who birdied the fourth after dropping a shot at the third hole.
He then birdied the 13th and 15th to finish the back nine on two under par and the day’s one under 71 which gave him a total of two under par 286 and a cheque of Sh70,000 having won Sh150,000 at Royal where he won the second leg with an impressive nine under par.
Nothing however worked for Muthaiga’s Greg Snow who dropped three shots at the front nine where he did not make a single birdie and despite starting the back nine with a birdie, he made four straight bogeys from the 13th to the 16th for a poor six over par 78, to drop from third to sixth place on seven over par total of 295.
Meanwhile, home pro Edwin Mudanyi fired the day’s best round of three under par 69 to finish in third place on three over par 291. His round included three birdies at the front nine against a single bogey at the sixth while at the back nine. Mudanyi dropped a shot at the 14th but recovered two shots at the 15th and 16th.
With the third leg now done, the focus now shifts to the hilly Sigona Golf Club this weekend for the fourth leg of the tour which is expected to start with the Pro-Am on Saturday with the first round set for Sunday morning.
The final leaderboard
Dismas Indiza 70, 68, 73, 73 = 284
Robson Chinhoi(Zim) 73, 71, 71, 71= 286
Edwin Mudanyi 74, 75, 73, 69= 291
Samuel Njoroge 73, 74, 73, 72= 292
Hesbon Kutwa 74, 73, 75, 71= 293
Greg Snow 75, 70, 72, 78= 295
Nelson Simwa 70, 76, 76, 7= 296
John Wangai 72, 76, 75, 74= 297
Mathew Wahome 77, 71, 74, 75= 297