NAIROBI, April 7 – Jose-Filipe Lima from Portugal and amateur Paul Kamau paired up to win the first Pro-Am with a score of 14-under 58 at the par-72 Karen Country Club course during the event that kicked-off the Barclays Kenya Open week on Tuesday.
Lima earned 600 Euros (Sh60, 233.27) for victory in the first pro-am sponsored by Coca-Cola that should inspire him ahead of the European Challenge Tour Opener that commences on Thursday.
The winning pair was five shots ahead of the second placed England’s Charlie Ford and amateur W.N.Ngaruiya who had a combined score of nine under.
Germany’s Sean Einhaus and George Makori and Phillip Price from Wales and Moses Karanu who had a back-nine score of 33 carded nine-under apiece to finish third and fourth on count back.
-Snow, Indiza ready-
Half of professional golfers playing in this year’s Open teed up late morning with amateurs. The field had 11 local stars in action like Greg Snow and Dismas Indiza who finished on -3 under having been the best performers for the country at last year’s Open.
“The course is not that bad. The greens are relatively slow and I hope they will be faster. Kenyans can do well in the competition. We expect a good event. I have been to South Africa courtesy of KCB and Mumias and played golf for a full month,” Indiza who was joined 13th last year stated.
“ I just took it as another practice round. I was out to feel the greens and in readiness for Thursday. Obviously I want to win the event, but my goal is to be top 5.
“It’s actually a lot of golf tournament and always great to be on the home turf and brushing shoulders with top golfers from across the globe,” Snow, Kenya’s best last year at the same course in tenth, underscored.
The format for the Pro-am changed this year where for the first time two pros played in one match with two amateurs unlike in the past where one pro played with two amateurs.
The Open which is the longest running event in the ETC becomes the first event of the 2015 tour due to the cancelation of the Madeira Islands Open which is held in Portugal.
The second other Pro-am organised by the title sponsors will be played Wednesday with the rest of the invited field taking part.
-Story Miano Muchiri/Photo European Tour.com