Ugandan pro soars high to win fourth leg of Safari Golf Tour at Nyali Club

Thursday, October 21st, 2021 00:00 |
Uganda’s Deo Akope follows his tee shot during the Safari Golf Tour Fourth Leg at Nyali Club yesterday. Photo/PD/SPORTPICHA

Two birdies at the last two holes of the final round so Uganda’s Deo Akope clinch the fourth leg of the 2021/2020 Safari Tour Golf series at the par 71 Nyali Golf and Country Club course on Wednesday.

Before his back to back birdies enroute home, Akope, one of the most experienced professional golfers in Uganda and East Africa and who also doubles up as the resident professional at Uganda Golf Club Kitante and the captain of the professional Golfers Association of Uganda, had picked up a double bogey at the 417‐yards par four‐16th hole.

“I had a bad approach shot at the 16th which resulted in a double bogey but my caddie Amos encouraged me and told me to forget about the hole and focus on the remaining two holes.

I am happy because I made two good birdies and in particular the down‐hill one at the 18th.

I am excited because this is the first win for a Ugandan in the Safari Tour, and its encouragement for the rest of the Ugandan pros who are members of the safari and who look up to me’’ said Akope.

Refreshing luck

He had dropped one shot at the first nine’s seventh hole, while before his double‐bogey six at the 16th, he had birdied the 15th. 

“ I have played on this course for many years first as an amateur and later as a professional but I have not been very lucky.

Winning here on under is very refreshing and encouraging’’ added Akope who missed the third leg at the Great Rift after failing to register for the tournament before the deadline and whose level par 71 in the final round gave him a four rounds total of two under par 282, to take home Sh314,348 which included bonus money of Sh104,348.

He beat senior pro Dismas Indiza and Thika Sports Club’s Simon Ngige by two shots.

Indiza, fired also fired level par 71 in the final round for a total of level par 284 to tie with Ngige in the second place. He had four birdies and an equal number of bogeys for the day. 

Akope thanked the Safari Tour and Nyali Golf and Country Club for keeping the course in great condition, saying the tour has general improved and that is shown by the way the players have been scoring lately.

“I am happy I was able to catch up with these young men, though I did not play the way I real wanted’’ said Indiza who is still chasing his first title this season.

Ngige on the shot two over par which included a bogey at the par three‐18th where he shot to the right rough, followed with a poor roll to the greens.

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