Trio go head on for Safari Tour fourth leg crown

Golf Park's Erick Ooko tees off during the fourth leg of the 2020 Safari Tour at the Sigona Golf Club on October 27, 2020.

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What you need to know:

  • Ooko made three putted the par three 11th and having also dropped a shot on the other short hole (three) after hitting the edge of the green where the ball rolled out.
  • He missed the par to drop his first hole of the day. “My game at the moment is very solid, though sometimes I am losing concentration, and I am looking forward for a good game with Wakhu and Mudanyi," said Ooko, who birdied the second and the eighth and at the 10th and 15th at the back nine.

Golf Park’s David Wakhu Tuesday tied at the top with two others on day three of the 2020 Safari Tour golf series at the par 72 Sigona Golf Club course.

This was despite making a double bogey at the par five-ninth after blocking his tee shot followed by three putts and another bogey at the par three-11th for one under par 71 for the day to tie with day two leader Edwin Mudanyi, and another Golf Park player, Eric Ooko on two under par 214 going into Wednesday’s final round.

“I have never been so nervous like today, I just didn’t know why and it made me three putts some holes  that I had chances of scoring like the 11th hole," said Wakhu, who will now be in the last flight with Mudanyi and Ooko as they battle it out for the cash prize of Sh150,000 plus some points.

Golf Park's David Wakhu tees off from the seventh tee during the fourth leg of the 2020 Saffari Tour at the Sigona Golf Club on October 27, 2020.

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Mudanyi played a bogey-free front nine that included two birdies at the fourth and sixth, though the back nine was not that impressive as made bogeys at the 13th, 16th and 18th with only a two at the 14th to level the course and stay at the top though in the company of Ooko and Wakhu.

“I started well with a clean nine for a start, but made a number of bad putts at the back nine that would have given me a fine low score for the day. I didn’t deserve the two over on the back nine, but I will try and keep cool in Wednesday’s final round and try and make as many birdies. A five under would be most welcome," said Mudanyi.

Ooko made three putted the par three 11th and having also dropped a shot on the other short hole (three) after hitting the edge of the green where the ball rolled out.

He missed the par to drop his first hole of the day. “My game at the moment is very solid, though sometimes I am losing concentration, and I am looking forward for a good game with Wakhu and Mudanyi," said Ooko, who birdied the second and the eighth and at the 10th and 15th at the back nine.

Vet Lab's Edwin Mudanyi follows his tee shot during the fourth leg of the 2020 Safari Tour at the Sigona Golf Club on October 27, 2020.

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Three others tied on one over par 217 with two of them, Brian Njoroge, and Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi, having shot one over par 73, while senior pro Dismas Indiza brought in two over par 74.

For the three amateurs who made the second round cut, Nyali’s Adel Balala stayed on course despite a three over par 75 to tie for 14th  place on six over par 222, while the going was tough for Naomi Wafula as she posted eight over par, though she remained ahead of former amateur matchplay champion Paul Muchangi of Limuru.

The leader board;

Eric Ooko 73, 71, 70= 214

David Wakhu 69, 74, 71= 214

Edwin Mudanyi 70, 72, 72= 214

Brian Njoroge 73, 71, 73= 217

Robson Chinhoi(Zim) 69, 75, 73= 217

Dismas Indiza 74, 69, 74= 217

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