Wakhu, Chinhoi tie at the top in Sigona series
David Wakhu carded three under par 69 at the par 72 Sigona Golf course in round one of the Safari Tour series’ fourth leg to tie with Zimbabwean Robson Chinhoi at the top in a game that saw five players, including amateur Adel Balala, return below par scores.
The Kenyan who has been having an elbow problem over the past three legs of the tour, picked up a birdie at the par four-second, but dropped a shot at the par three-third, then went one under at the nine which steered him to his three under score of 69 after two additional birdies at the 12th and 15th.
“I had a poor tee-shot on the third hole though today I was hitting the ball well on the greens. If I had stroked my putts well, I would have returned a lower score than three under’’ said Wakhu.
He continued, “It has been a challenge due to a recurring golfers elbow, though I am moving in the right direction and will see how it goes in the next rounds.
The course is in great shape and I will try to stay calm as I intend to maintain top position.”
On his part, Chinhoi had a clean front nine where he made birdies at the fifth and ninth, then went three under after picking up a birdie at the ninth, and at the back nine’s 11th, 15th and 17th, but dropped two straight shots thereafter.
Two others Justus Madoya and VetLab Sports Club’s Edwin Mudanyi were just a shot behind the leader after firing two under par 70 each to stay close to the leaders.
Madoya made four birdies for the day against two bogeys, one in each nine while Mudanyi missed the green on the par three-fifth but played well at the back nine where he birdied the 15th, 16th and at the 18th where he sank a long putt to make his birdie.
Only 33 players turned up at Sigona for the fourth leg of Safari Tour series which most of them are using to prepare themselves for the forthcoming Uganda Open from November 26 at the Kitante Golf Club Kampala.
They included four amateurs who were led by Nyali’s Adel Balala who shot one under par 71 to tie for fifth place with Tony Omulli and Samuel Njoroge.