Mediratta beat Indiza in a Safari Tour play off at Muthaiga
Sigona Golf Club’s Mohit Mediratta yesterday beat the long hitting Dismas Indiza by one hole in a three-hole play-off, to claim the eighth leg of the 2020/2021 Safari Tour golf series at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club course.
As Mediratta himself said, it was a huge relief for him, winning his first tournament in his three-and-a-half year pro career, but very interesting also winning in a dramatic finish.
The two players had tied on three under par 281 at the end of regulation play with Mediratta having shot level par 71 while Indiza who had started the day ahead of Mediratta and Zambia’s Dayne Moore, posting one over par 72, to also wind up with 281.
During the play-off which started at the par three-13th, Mediratta spinned the ball back to about four feet from the pin, for an easy birdie while Indiza who was on the top right of the short rough, pitched closely though missed the birdie, to settle for a par.
Whilst Mediratta played safe at the par four-17th, Indiza drove to the water next the green though he chipped well, for a well deserved par to share the hole with Mediratta who also parred.
It was at the par five-18th where Indiza who missed the green on two, chipped on but missed the birdie which would have squared the hole with Mediratta who also missed his birdie for a par which is all he needed to win the tournament.
“I am extremely delighted winning my first tournament though I must my putter was very cold today as I only my first birdie in the play off though the eagle at the 18th kind of assured me and gave me the confidence that I was going to win the tournament’’ said Mediratta who had bogeyed the eighth and 12th, then hit his driver to the left trees where he however hit solid low seven iron and sank the putt for his eagle.