Nairobi, Wednesday October 6, 2021 – Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi produced a two under par 70 in the final round of the second leg in the Safari Tour’s Season Four at the tough playing par 72 Vet Lab Sports Club, Nairobi, on Wednesday.
It was however a slow start for the experienced Chinhoi who last season won three events in the tour, as he bogeyed the second and third holes.
He however made the day’s first birdie at the par five‐fifth hole and added one more at the par three‐eighth to level the nine enroute to the back nine where he birdied the 12th and 15th for the day’s two under par and a tournament aggregate of five under 283.
Besides the winner’s trophy, the Zimbabwean also pocketed KSh308, 293.
“I am very happy winning here despite a tight final round where again I made a slow start by dropping two shots in the round. My game otherwise is very solid and I am looking forward for a good season’’ said Chinhoi, and added: “I just need to work on a few things on my game and try and player under par rounds.’’
He won by two shots from Sigona’s Mohit Mediratta, home pro Mike Kisia and round two leader Greg Snow.
Mediratta who started the tournament with a poor 78 on Sunday, managed to overcome all that and close the tournament with a fine four under par 68, a round that included six birdies and a bogey in each nine, for an aggregate of three under par 285 to tie for the second place with Kisia and Snow.
“Just to focus little abit more on the game though it I was the first round that saw me play a recovery golf thereafter. Starting with a low round is definitely the best way to go, but I must thank my parents, coaches and all my friends for giving me the support in real need this season’’ said Mediratta who lost his home opening leg in a playoff with amateur junior Taimur Malik and Edwin Mudanyi.
Snow on the other hand shot one under par 71, despite making four birdies in the closing round where he was engaged in a neck and neck battle with Chinhoi and Mike Kisia.
“I started very well picking up an early birdie but I did not end the first nine well as I bogeyed both the eighth and ninth but the back nine was not too bad as I managed to make three birdies including at the 18th where I real wanted a two though I missed it narrowly, to pick up the birdie. I am looking forward for the third round at the Great Rift Valley Golf Resort’’ said Snow who missed the opening leg at Sigona due to a shoulder injury.
This week’s tournament had attracted a field of 64 players though only 24 made the second round cut, to proceed to the last two rounds where besides winning money, they also scored some points towards the Safari Tour Order Of Merit.
The final leaderboard
Robson Chinhoi (Zim) 71, 74, 68, 70= 283
Mohit Mediratta 78, 71, 68, 68= 285
Mike Kisia 74, 74, 66, 71= 285
Greg Snow 74, 70, 70, 71= 285
Simon Ngige 74, 72, 69, 72= 287
Tarafa Mpofu (Zim) 69, 76, 71, 76‐ 292
Edwin Mudany 78, 73, 70, 74= 295