NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 23 – Sigona Golf Club’s Mohit Mediratta and Windsor Golf Club’s Riz Charania are the only Kenyans to make the cut at the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open.
Mohit, who was the Kenyan overnight leader shot a score of 3-under par 139, hitting six birdies and an eagle in round 2, building up from the four birdies he shot in the first round.
Speaking after his round, Mohit made his intentions clear, “I want to make history, I want to make a name for myself, I want to become the first Kenyan to win the Kenya Open.”
“If however this doesn’t happen, I want to see how far I can go.” He added.
Riz Charania shot almost identical rounds of par on the two days, hitting four birdies in the first round and a similar number today. The only difference between his two rounds, was an impressive eagle on the 10th hole.
After making the cut, Mohit and Riz will pocket Sh100,000 each from the Kenya Open Golf Limited.
Max Schmitt of Germany finished the day top of the leader board returning a score of 10-under par after the two rounds. The 19 year old who ended round one with a 4-under par score, played an impressive round of 6-under dropping only one shot on the 10th.
Speaking on the condition of the course and his game, Max noted the speed of the greens.
“The fairways are a bit wet, but I like the greens they are fast, the key to my game is that this far I am not hitting a lot of drivers and I getting quite good ball strikes with the irons.”
Max is closely followed by Kristian Johannessen who returned an overall score of 8-under, following rounds of 4-under on both days.
Swedish duo of Simon Forsstrom and 2016 Kenya Open winner Sebastian Soderbeg are tied for third on an overall score of 7-under par.
Frenchman Victor Riu who booked his ticket to play at the Kenya Open after the Pre-Qualifier tournament played on Monday, finished T15 after returning a score of 4-under.
A total of 73 players made the cut from a field of 156 players, notable absentees include Kenyan duo of Dismas Indiza and Greg Snow, as well as Stefan Andersen. Former Kenya Open champions Gary Boyd and Robert Dinwiddle also failed to make the cut.
Round 3 of the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open will tee off at 8:00 am, with Kenyan Riz Charania the first Kenyan to tee off at 9:10 AM. Mohit will get his game underway at 11:10 AM.