Robson Chinhoi from Zimbabwe was the overnight leader on day one of the Entebbe Open – which is part of the 2019/2020 Safari Tour Golf Series.
The Zimbabwean carded a round of 64 to go two shots clear of Kopan Timbe, who was the highest ranked Kenyan, going into the second round.
On the first nine, Robson played blemish-free, holing birdies at the first, third, seventh, eighth and ninth to card a total of 30.
On the back nine, he dropped a lone shot at the 12th; but holed birdies at the 11th, 15th and 18th for a total of 34.
Timbe of Nairobi’s Muthaiga Golf Club shot an impressive round of 66 on the par 71 to emerge the leading Kenyan after 18 holes.
His decent 5-under par score saw him end the round tied in second alongside Ugandan Silvia Opiyo; setting the stage for a thrilling final three days at the tournament.
He played a bogey-free first nine, holing consecutive birdies at the par-3 sixth and the par-5 seventh to card a total of 33.
On the back nine, he dropped a lone shot at the par-3 12th but birdies at the par-5 11th and the par-5 15th, as well as an excellent eagle at the par 5 18th, saw him card an identical 33.
Kenneth Bollo was the second-highest ranked Kenya in fourth with a 2-under par 61 score.
His scorecard was a thing of beauty; holing birdies at the 10th and 12th and having not dropped a single shot all day.
He finished ahead of Great Rift Valley Golf Resort’s Jastas Madoya who ended his round one challenge tied in fifth – alongside Ugandan Herman Mutaawe – at 1-under par 70.
On the first nine, Madoya carded a total of 37 courtesy of a double bogey at the second; and bogeys at the fourth and ninth holes – having made birdie at the first and seventh holes.
On the back nine, he made amends with four birdies at the 13th, 14th, 15th and 18th; and only dropping a shot at the 17th hole.
The trio of Royal Nairobi Golf Club’s Safari Tour winner Tony Omuli, Sigona Golf Club’s C J Wangai and Johnnie-Walker Sponsored Greg Snow all ended the day tied in seventh at level-par 71 scores.
The trio finished just ahead of the duo of Jeff Kubwa and David Wakhu who tied in 11th alongside Ugandan Deo Akope at 1-over par 72 scores.