David Wakhu moves to second in Tanzania Open

Saturday November 11 2017

Simon Ngige follows the progress of his shot from the fifth tee during the 2016 Jamii Telecom PGK Masters round two at Muthaiga Golf Club on March 9, 2016. He topped the leader board on March 10, 2016. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Simon Ngige follows the progress of his shot from the fifth tee during the 2016 Jamii Telecom PGK Masters round two at Muthaiga Golf Club on March 9, 2016. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By LARRY NGALA
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Round one leader Simon Ngige dropped to seventh place going into Sunday’s final round of the 2017 Tanzania Open at the Kiligolf Resort in Usa River, after two poor rounds on Friday.

Meanwhile, Royal Nairobi's David Wakhu and Mumias Golf Club’s Dismas Indiza charged to second and third places behind Zimbabwe’s Ryan Cairns, who made his third 73 for three over par 219 to lead Wakhu by a shot as the real chase for money begun after the second round cut.

Wakhu fired level par 72 having posted one over in the second round in addition to his opening 75. The long-hitting Indiza, who had started by levelling the course, dropped to a 79 in the second round though he made an eight-shot recovery by firing one under par 71 for 222 and is in a striking position in Sunday’s final round of the Sh800,000 purse tournament where a total of 11 Kenyans made cut.

NGIGE'S POOR ROUND

On the other hand, Thika’s Ngige shot a poor 82 in the second round followed by Saturday’s 79 to throw away a great chance of a back to back victory within a month having won the Diani Beach Masters a couple of weeks ago.

Jimmy Molel on 230 was the best Tanzanian at the close of the day. He shot three over par 75. By the time of publishing, the amateurs were still on the course battling it out.

Meanwhile, This year’s Nyanza Open golf championship which was postponed last month, is finally on next weekend at the Nyanza Golf Club course.

One of the events in the Kenya Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC) series, the Nyanza Open popularly known as "Hippo Pot" was postponed since most of the country’s leading amateur golfers were out of the country for international assignments.

Nyanza Club captain Sammy Deya said on Saturday that he had already sent out the entry form to the clubs in the country as well as the Kenya Golf Union (KGU).

Deya said the event will be open to players playing off handicap 18 and below and will be played on November 18 and 19.

The Leader board at KiliGolf Resort after round three

219 Ryan Cairns (Zim) 75, 73, 72

220 David Wakhu (KE) 75, 73, 72

222 Dismas Indiza (KE) 72, 79, 71

229 John Wangai (KE) 78, 75, 76

229 Eric Ooko (KE) 75, 77, 77
230 Jimmy Molel (Tz) 73, 82, 75
231 Simon Ngige (KE) 70, 82, 79
232 Mathew Omondi (KE)73, 78, 81
232 Paul Chidale (Malawi) 77, 76, 79
233 John Leonce (TZ) 81, 75, 77.