Home player Kevin Juma bogeyed two of the last three holes in round one of this year’s Uhuru Shield, but still went on to grab a one shot lead at the par 72 Royal Nairobi Golf Club on Saturday morning.
Following the footsteps of defending champion and club-mate Dennis Saikwa, who is waiting to join the paid ranks, Juma, picked up an early birdie at the par five-second, but two bogeys at the third and sixth saw him go two over up to the par three-eighth, where he birdied to level the first nine.
He started the back nine well picking up pars, though he dropped shots at the 16th and 18th for two over par 74 to lead a group of nine players including Kenya Amateur Matchplay champion Daniel Nduva of Nyali, who made it to Royal on time for the event from his base in South Africa.
Now playing off plus two handicap, Nduva who is also here to defend his home title, the Nyali Open in two weeks time, had an awful first nine, where he picked up a double bogey at the sixth, having dropped shots at the first, third and fourth.
And as if that was not enough, Nduva who had birdied the par fives second and the seventh, dropped one more shot at the eighth for four over par in the opening nine.
He however bogeyed the last three holes at the back nine having earlier picked up birdies on the 10th, 12th, 14th and 15th for one under and a three over par 75, same with Simon Njogu of the Great Rift Valley Resort, Robinson Owiti of Vet Lab, Kericho’s Victor Maiyo, Paul Muchangi and John Karichu, Railway’s George Felix, home player Joshua Ichangi and youngster Zubair Khan of Muthaiga.