Madoya grabs early lead in Safari Tour

ustus Madoya follows his shot during the opening round of the Safari Tour sixth leg series at the par 71 Great Rift Valley Golf Resort course on January 13, 2021.

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What you need to know:

  • He then bogeyed the 12th and 15th with only two birdies at the 13th and 17th levelling the day to tie with Uganda’s Abbey Bagalana, who made five birdies, but against a similar number of bogeys one of them being at the home green.
  • A total of 45 players made the first round cut out of the field of 48 players. Thursday’s second round is set for 9am.

Home professional Justus Madoya made full use of his local knowledge to post an impressive four under par 67 to claim the first round lead of the 2020/2021 Safari Tour golf sixth leg series at the par 71 Great Rift Valley Golf Resort course Wednesday.

And it was the first nine which propelled him to the top of the leader board following a clean four under par nine.

“Usually I start poorly and then do recovery bit, but I am happy I started well this time round and I am hoping this is the beginning of a good week," said  Madoya, who made birdies at the at the par four-first, third, fifth and sixth holes.

He started the back nine well though a double-bogey at the par three-15th following an early single bogey at the 13th almost ruined the day for him though he managed to recover with two birdies at the 14th and 16th.

“The course is playing well and probably easy to score if one stays on target and has enough patience for the greens," added Madoya, who said he hopes to build on his opening round with probably better scores in the remaining rounds.

Following Madoya in second place was amateur Adel Balala from Nyali Golf and Country Club Mombasa, who shot one under par 70, despite missing a number of birdie chances particularly at the back nine, where he dropped a shot at the 13th.

He had made two birdies at the front nine’s third and sixth holes, a good foundation, though birdies became elusive at the back nine.

“I hit very good shots at the back nine and was all the time on regulation, but I could make some birdies though I am happy starting on under par score’," said Balala.

Two players including Uganda Open champion Robson Chinhoi of Zimbabwe, meanwhile tied for third place on level par 71, while Uganda’s Deo Akope was on one over par 72.

Chinhoi, who shot an amazing 15 under par in the Uganda Open on a tough condition course, started off with a birdie at the first hole in yesterday’s first nine and concluded it with a birdie at the ninth with a bogey at the fourth.

He then bogeyed the 12th and 15th with only two birdies at the 13th and 17th levelling the day to tie with Uganda’s Abbey Bagalana, who made five birdies, but against a similar number of bogeys one of them being at the home green.

A total of 45 players made the first round cut out of the field of 48 players. Thursday’s second round is set for 9am.

The leader board;

Justus Madoya 67

Adel Balala(A) 70

Robson Chinhoi (Zim) 71

Abbey Bagalana (UG) 71

Deo Akope 72

Dismas Indiza 73

Jacob Okello 73

Njuguna Ngugi 74

David Wakhu 74

Greg Snow 74

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