Jeff Kubwa takes early lead in Muthaiga Open

Jeff Kubwa takes a one shot lead in round one of the Muthaiga Open.

Saturday February 20 2016

Jeff Kubwa follows the progress of his shot from the second tee during the Uhuru Shield golf tournament on December 5, 2015 at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club. Kubwa recovered from a single and double bogey in the first two holes, to take a one shot lead at the close of round one in this year’s Muthaiga Open at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club course on Saturday. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Jeff Kubwa follows the progress of his shot from the second tee during the Uhuru Shield golf tournament on December 5, 2015 at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club. Kubwa recovered from a single and double bogey in the first two holes, to take a one shot lead at the close of round one in this year’s Muthaiga Open at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club course on Saturday. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Home player Jeff Kubwa recovered from a single and double bogey in the first two holes, to eventually take a one shot lead at the close of round one in this year’s Muthaiga Open at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club course on Saturday.

Now playing off plus one, Kubwa picked up a five at the par four-first hole after missing the greens on regulation, double-bogeyed the tough par three-second, birdied the third and fourth holes, stayed on course thereafter up to the ninth where he went two over after missing a par.

He however dropped a shot at the 11th but made birdies at the 15th and 18th for one over par 72, as another Muthaiga player John Gitonga bogeyed four holes against two birdies for two over par 73.

Anthony Irungu, also based at Muthaiga shot three over par 74 tie for the third place with Emmanuel Wekesa from Mombasa as national team player Alfred Nandwa of Railway led a group of five on four over par 75.

GOLFER OF THE YEAR

Nandwa remains within a striking distance for the top place in the 54-hole Golfer of The Year and World Amateur Ranking tournament.

Others included Royal Nairobi’s Kenneth Bollo, and Simon Maina.

Only 22 players managed to break 80 in the morning's first round.

They included veteran Francis Kimani of Limuru on 76 and Sigona’s Sujan Shah who fired six over par 77.

The second round of this third leg in the 2016 GOTY series which attracted a field of 105 single figure handicap golfers, was still on at the time of writing.

The third and final round whose draw will be seeded is set for Sunday morning.

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