Kenya Railway Golf Club’s Njuguna Ngugi and David Wakhu from Royal Nairobi tied at the top on one under par as the 2016 Jamii PGK Masters got under way at the tough playing par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club’s course on Tuesday.
Ngugi eagled the par five-fourth after dropping a shot at the second hole. He then bogeyed the second par three at the front nine (fifth) and at the ninth to cross to the back nine on one over par.
Ngugi birdied the 13th, 16th and 18th with a bogey in between for the day’s one under par 70.
“It was just a matter of adjusting from Thika last weekend to Muthaiga this week. The greens here are different and one has to know where the ball breaks, but we will see it how it goes,” said Ngugi.
Wakhu on the other hand started with a bogey at the first hole, picked up two birdies in a row from the fourth, but bogeyed the sixth. He parred eight holes from the 10th at the back nine where with a late birdie at the home green, to join Ngugi at the top also with one under par.
Home player Frank Matilo was next on one under par 71 while another Muthaiga player Greg Snow, making a comeback after being out of action since December due to an injury, shot one over par 72 to tie for fourth place with Thika’s Simon Ngige.
Last year’s joint winner Dismas Indiza finished on two over par 73. Indiza birdied the 10th, 12th and 16th with two bogeys at the 14th and 18th, while at the outward nine, he doubled bogeyed the second after hitting his tee shot to the left. Indiza birdied the fourth and fifth but dropped another shot at the sixth.
“It is the double bogey at the second hole which messed my round though my tee shot at the sixth was not good either,” said a disappointed Indiza.
The pros, who are using the event as a final tune up for the Barclays Kenya Open, are playing for a one million purse where the winner will take home Sh102,000 in the Jamii Telkom sponsored event.
Meanwhile, during the Simba Corp Texas Scramble golf tournament played at Sigona Golf Club during the weekend, the team of handicap nine James Mbuthia scored a total of 53 points(-10) to win the event ahead of the Rakesh Shah. Besides Mbugua, other players in the winning side included Kamlesh Parekh, Pankaj Patel and Shi Zaishi.
The second-placed team, which scored a total of 66, was made up of Rakesh Shah, Dan Mugo, Kimemia Mwangi and Khalid Shah.
In third place was the team of Shehal Patel, Thee Soin, Nikunj Shah and Hanif Popat on 67 points.