Snow, Rokoine carry Kenyans hopes at the Open

Kenya Golf Guide

WELL OUT: Kenya's Greg Snow chips the ball during the second round of the Kenya Open event at Muthaiga Golf Club.


Nicholas Rokoine and Greg Snow carried Kenyan’s flag high as the finished the second round of the Barclay Bank Kenya Open Golf Championships second round within striking range of the leaders at the Muthaiga Golf Club after playing a round of five under par 137 after two rounds.
Snow who has been on good form in the recent weeks that saw him win the second leg of the KCB East Africa Golf Tour and the Jamii Telecom Masters at the same venue, improved on his day one performance of two under par 69 to make the cut and remain in contention for the top prize as he just lies four shots behind the leader.
“I’m absolutely delighted with the way I’ve played over the first two days. I came here with high expectations, as I knew I was playing well and I obviously know the course well. But you still have to go out there and do the business, so I couldn’t be happier with how it’s gone so far. It was a great experience for me to play with Marc Warren and Daniel Vansik on the first two days, because they’re both great guys and great players.
“They’ve won four European Tour titles between them, so playing with guys of that experience and quality can only improve my game. I had a good chat with them on the way round, and I learned a lot. I didn’t expect to outscore them, so that gives me a lot of confidence for the weekend,” said Snow.
He picked a shot on the par four hole four, but bogeyed the next hole, a par five fifth hole for a score of 36 in the first nine. In the second nine, Snow picked four birdies and a single bogey for a score of 32.
“If I can keep playing the way I have for the first two days, there’s no reason why I can’t finish in the top ten, which would be a great result. My Mum and Dad will be following me again, so hopefully I can keep it going and make them proud of me.”
Ali Kimani who was the only Kenyan player to make the cut last year, as he surprisingly topped the leader board after two rounds, found it tough this time as he bowed out of the competition after a disappointing 12 over par 154
Meanwhile, Tyrone Mordt returned to finish his opening round of the Barclays Kenya Open this morning, and promptly added a further birdie to the six he notched on the rain-affected first day to climb to the top of the leaderboard.
The South African passed overnight leader Chris Lloyd of England courtesy of a birdie at his closing hole, the par four ninth, to sign for a seven under par round of 64.
The 28 year old from Johannesburg, who finished in a tie for eighth place at the 2009 Alfred Dunhill Championship on The European Tour, then swiftly refuelled before embarking on his second round at Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi, Kenya.
He said: “I started yesterday very nicely with two birdies, which got me going in the right direction straight away. My iron play was very good all day – most of my birdie putts were from less than ten feet – and it was good to get another one on the board when I came back this morning. The plan now is to get a bit of food inside me and then get back out there, and hopefully I can pick up a few more shots.
“As I’ve only got a conditional card this year which will get me into about seven or eight events max, I’ve really got to make the most of my playing opportunities when they do come along. I’ve been playing mainly on the Sunshine Tour back home, but I’d really love to get onto the Challenge Tour and then hopefully onto The European Tour one day.”
Niall Kearney was another early riser, and the Irishman completed his four remaining holes in level par to complete a flawless display.
This week Kearney was awarded a €15,000 grant by the Team Golf Ireland Trust, and he fully justified the panel’s decision with a round of 66 which got off to the best possible start with an eagle at his first hole, the par five tenth.
The 2009 Walker Cup player said: “This morning was just steady golf, but yesterday I played very nicely. It could’ve been even better because I fell like a left a few shots out there, but then golfers always say that! I played poorly here on my first visit to Kenya last year, so it was nice to make amends this time. The course is playing lovely, and I’m looking forward to getting out there again.” airmaxgeschaft airmaxgeschaft

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