THIKA, Kenya, Jan 5 – Muthaiga Golf club’s Greg Snow returned a score of 5-under par, 67 to take the lead after round one of play at the Thika Greens Golf Resort leg of the 2019/20 Safari tour.
Snow, who has struggled in the series since winning in the opening leg in Nyali, made four birdies in the first nine; at the second, fourth, fifth and seventh, while dropping shots at the par-3, third and par-4, ninth for a turning score of 2-under par, 34.
The Johnnie Walker sponsored golfer managed a blemish free run in the back nine, consisting of 3 birdies; at the par-4 tenth, par-5 thirteenth and eighteenth, while holding par through the rest of the holes.
Snow finished the round two shots ahead of Great Rift Valley’s Jastas Madoya on 3-under par, 69, courtesy of four birdies and one bogey at the par-4 sixteenth.
The trio of Golf Park’s Anthony Juma, Thika Golf Club’s Simon Ngige and Mathew Omondi played rounds of 2-under par, 70 to see them tied for third place. One shot ahead of Eric Ooko, Edwin Asuza and Andrew Odoh of Nigeria.
It was a low scoring day at the Thika Greens Golf resort, with a total of eight players carding rounds of under par.
Current series leader Dismas Indiza had a tough round, returning a score of 4-over par, 76, after hitting a couple of double bogeys at the par-5, fourth and par-4, fifteenth. Malawi’s Patridge Shycal failed to make the CUT to play in round two with a score of 15-over par, 84.
Round two action tees off at 9:00 am, with the 45 players looking to make the CUT to play in the third and fourth rounds.
Safari Tour Calendar 2019/20
Event 1 Nyali Golf and Country Club: 24th – 28th August 2019 (Winner: Greg Snow)
Event 2 Uganda Open:10th -14th Sept 2019 (Winner: Madalitso Muthiya)
Event 3 Royal Nairobi Golf Club: 12th – 16th October 2019 (Winner: Tony Omuli)
Event 4 Entebbe Open (Entebbe Golf Club): 30th Oct – 2nd Nov 2019 (Winner: Jastas Madoya)
Event 5 Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort Open: 6th – 9th Nov 2019 (Winner: Dismas Indiza)
Event 6 Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort: 23rd – 27th Nov2019 (Winner: Dismas Indiza)
Event 7 Thika Greens: 4th – 8th January 2020
Event 8 Muthaiga Golf Club: 11th – 15th January 2020
Event 9 Sigona Golf Club: 25th – 29th January 2020
Event 10 Kitante Open (Uganda Golf Club): 12th – 15th February 2020
Event 11 Karen Country Club: 22nd -26th February 2020
2019 Magical Kenya Open, Karen Country Club, 12th – 15th March 2020.