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Snow, Njoroge confident as Barclays Kenya Open tees off

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Kenyan top golfer Greg Snow during a practice ahead of the 2016 Barclays Kenya Open. PHOTO/FILE

Kenyan top golfer Greg Snow during a practice ahead of the 2016 Barclays Kenya Open. PHOTO/FILE

NAIROBI, March 17 – Kenyan top golfer Greg Snow has exuded confidence in bettering his last year’s performance at the 48th Barclays Kenya Open that teed off Thursday at the par-72 Karen Country Club.

Childhood friend and fellow golfer Stephan Andersen will caddie for him and he says this will be to his advantage because there is less to think about on the course.

“We’ve played golf together since we were junior, amateur and now professional so this is a massive advantage for me because obviously he takes off a lot of pressure with decision making.

“I feel fresh as this the first tournament of the year and most of us are prepared for the competition. Our aim is to see all Kenyans make the cut which will give us opportunity to try and win the tournament for the first time,” Snow asserted.

Snow, who finished in a disappointing 116th last year, teed off at 12:50pm in the three-day European Challenge Tour that is the opening round of the Road to Oman.

Experienced Brian Njoroge, who finished 59th in 2015, anticipates a good outing as he has changed his game approach.

“If you haven’t done anything different up to now, there is no much you can do. I have changed my preparations for this event, changed the way I look at this tournament where I will concentrate, stay focused, execute my shot and then wait for the outcome,” Njoroge disclosed.

Other local pros to watch is Kenya’s last year top finisher big hitting Dismas Indiza and Jacob Okello.

South African based junior golfer Mathew Wahome is currently leading the Kenyans on 1 under par with 9 holes still to play.

The amateur started well with a birdie on the 10th and 12th holes but dropped a shot on the par 13th.

Fellow amateur John Kariuki from Limuru Country Club was the first Kenyan to tee off at 7:25am, followed by youngest Wahome 20 minutes later.

The prestigious event concludes on Sunday with President Uhuru Kenyatta expected to close the event.

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