NAIROBI, Kenya, March 29- After tying for third place on the early leader board in the opening round of the Barclays Kenya Open, local ace Dismas Indiza is upbeat of improving on his performance in the remaining days of the tournament.
Indiza who returned an impressive score of 4 under 67 to tie for third in the first round of the European Challenge Tour event on Thursday was glad that he played to his abilities.
“I’m happy with my performance today on the course. I hit a few bogeys but managed six birdies thus boosting my confidence ahead of tomorrow’s round,” the beaming long hitter told Capital Sport at the club house.
Mumias Golf club’s Indiza, who was most people’s bet to contend for the title in 2011 failed to make the cut after the first two rounds is of the view that this year will be different.
“We will capitalize on our home advantage as we keep our hopes up praying to God that we will have a good outing on the course and make the cut,” the player who made the cut in the 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2008 events where he notched his highest tournament finish in tenth added.
Brian Njoroge who has never made it past round 2 in the past six editions finished as the second placed Kenyan after he carded a promising 3 under 68.
James Lorum ended the day as the third best placed local player with 2 under 69 and talked to Capital sport about his experience.
“The challenge is a bit competitive but if you’re swinging well you can manoeuvre, the course is too dry and the balls are really running but we will push on with this condition since everyone is going through the same,” said the Nakuru Golf Club based professional.
Other Kenyans also impressed were Sigona’s Ganeev Giddie carding 1 under 70 while Royal Nairobi’s Anil Shah and Limuru’s John Kagiri were on lever par.
Danish Morten Orum Madsen stormed into the lead after carding a seven under par 64 with South Africa’s Tyrone Mordt two shots behind after signing for a five under par 66.
However his fellow countryman and defending champion Michiel Bothma has a rather bad start hitting a score of 3 over 74.
The tournament which is the third in the 2012 Challenge Tour season runs till Sunday with a total of 190,000 Euros (Sh20.9m) in prize money up for grabs.