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Mudanyi, Omondi, Snow joint top at Thika leg

Nelson Mudanyi in previous action. Photo/COURTESY

THIKA, Kenya, Jan 6 – Muthaiga Golf Club’s resident pro Nelson Mudanyi and Vet Lab’s Mathew Omondi fired impressive rounds of 7-under par, 65 and 2-under par, 70 respectively to join overnight leader Greg Snow at the summit of Safari Tour’s Thika Greens leaderboard.

The trio lead the Thika Greens’ pack on a gross total of 4-under par 140 after two rounds of brilliant displays.

Mudanyi who started off the round on T19, with a score of 3-over par from round one, turned around his fortunes on the day to shoot a tournament leading score of 7-under par, earning him a share of the lead heading into the penultimate round.

Mathew Omondi in previous action. Photo/COURTESY

On his part Mathew Omondi started the day T3 on a 2-under par, a score that he matched in the second round to see him climb two places up the leaderboard.

Nelson returned a blemish free score card, hitting an impressive seven birdies on the first, fourth, fifth, thirteenth, fourteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth. Omondi almost matched Mudanyi’s form with five birdies, but dropped three shots, on the third, fourth and eighteenth for his 2-under par round score.

Overnight leader Greg Snow failed to match his opening blistering pace, managing a round score of 1-over par off four birdies, four bogeys and one double bogey, to take his gross score to 4-over par, 140 and open up the race to the Thika Greens Safari tour title.

Greg Snow in action at the Karen Country Club leg of the Safari Tour Golf Series. He leads the tournament by three shots with one round left to play

Greg’s story was one that was replicated across the field, with a drop in scores, a total of five players managed scores of under par, from yesterday’s eight, they are; Nigeria’s Andrew Oche (1-under par), Muthaiga’s Kopan Timbe (4-under par) and Windsor Golf club’s Rizwan Charania (3-under par).

The CUT was set at 8-over par, with a total of 22 players progressing to play in the third and fourth rounds, among the players to miss the cut include Johnnie Walker sponsored Dismas Indiza who returned a score of 5-over par, to take his total to 9-over par, 153. Others who were sent packing are; Mohit Mediratta, Hesbon Kutwa, Jacob Okello and Philip Kasozi of Uganda.

Round three action will tee off at 11AM with the field now focused on a stake of the KES. 1 Million prize kitty and the valuable ‘Road to the 2020 Magical Kenya open’ points.

Safari Tour Calendar 2019/20

Event 1 Nyali Golf and Country Club: 24th – 28th August 2019 (Winner: Greg Snow)

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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

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Event 11 Karen Country Club: 22nd -26th February 2020

2019 Magical Kenya Open, Karen Country Club, 12th – 15th March 2020.

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