Snow freezes opponents to win Safari golf in Thika

Thursday, January 9th, 2020 01:47 |
Muthaiga’s Snow displays the prize after winning the latest leg of Safari Golf Tour at Thika Greens Golf Resort yesterday. Photo/PD/WEBSTER NYANDIKA

Muthaiga Golf Club’s Greg Snow, ended his four-month wait for a Safari tour title by lifting the latest leg at Thika Greens Golf Resort, after playing rounds of 67, 73, 72, 71 for an impressive gross of 5-under par, 283.

Snow, who last lifted a 2019/20 Safari Tour title in the opening leg, at the Nyali Golf Club in August, came into the seventh leg with a point to prove and wasted no time in doing so. 

He got his campaign underway with a score of 5-under par, 67 to give him the lead after round one, a lead he would hold on to till the end.

He came into the last round holding a two-stroke lead over Thika Golf Club’s Simon Ngige, with the two playing off the same group.

Snow shot two birdies; on the par-5, second and par-5, eighteenth, three bogeys; on the eighth, tenth and twelfth and one eagle on the par-4, fifth for a round score of 1-under par, 71, one shot better than Barclays Bank sponsored Ngige who managed two birdies and two bogeys, for a gross score of 2-under par, 286.

Speaking after his win, Greg mentioned how he enjoyed playing at the Thika Greens Golf Club while thanking his sponsor, Johnnie Walker for the continued support.

“I was in great form over the four days, I enjoyed myself and consistently played some great golf. It feels great to finally get my hands on a Safari tour title after a long wait.

I still have a bit to work on before Muthaiga and I look forward to the challenge. I want to thank Johnnie Walker and KBL for their continued support over this Safari tour,” he said.

He added: “It was down to fatigue, I played a lot of golf towards the end of the year at the Sunshine and Safari tours and I was simply burnt out.

I got some good rest over the holidays and I am now ready for the new year.”

David Wakhu finished third, after playing rounds of 74, 74, 69 and 72 for gross score of 1-over par, 289.

Despite not making the CUT at Thika Greens, Johnnie Walker sponsored Dismas Indiza still leads the ‘Road to the 2020 Magical Kenya Open’ standings on 290.6 points, Royal Nairobi Golf Club’s Eric Ooko is in second on 272.3 after picking up 40 points in this leg.

Thika Golf Club’s Simon Ngige is in fourth on 262.6 points, Greg Snow’s 50 points in Thika takes him up to fourth on 250 points.

For his efforts, Snow pocketed Sh150,000 which includes a Sh45,000 bonus for a gross score of 3-under par or better. Second-placed Ngige took home Sh70,000 with third placed David Wakhu won Sh56,000.

Safari tour action now moves to the Muthaiga Golf Club from Saturday to Wednesday for the eighth leg, with four legs left on the calendar expect the competition to hit a crescendo as players battle for the eight available slots to the 2020 Magical Kenya Open.

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