Kenya Golf Guide

Vet Lab’s Brian Njoroge follows his tee shot during today’s third round at the Nyali Club. He carries a single shot lead going into tomorrow’s round.


Reigning champion Brian Njoroge finally pulled away from the rest of the field during today’s third round of the KCB Golf Tour Grand Finale at the par 71 Nyali Golf and Country Club course.

The Vet Lab Sports Club professional Njoroge fired an impressive three under par 68 for a three rounds total of three under par 210. Njoroge who won the 2013 event at Leisure Lodge Golf Resort in the South Coast, bogeyed the fourth hole at the front nine but against three birdies over the first, fifth and sixth, then dropped at a shot at the par three-10th after missing the green.

He, however, made birdies at the 15th and 17th. “It was not a bad round, though it would have been better if I did not drop a shot at the fourth and at the 10th which has been a thorny to me this week’’ said Njoroge who now leads the surviving field of 30 pros into tomorrow’s final round of the three million shillings event which crowns the 2014 KCB Golf Tour.

He will be in the company of Sigona’s John Wangai who shot a low six under par 30 at the front nine and one over par at the back nine for a new pro course record of 66, which is also the amateur record set by former Kenya number one Wachira Mahihu.

This saw Wangai moved from eighth place to tie for the second place with Professional Golfers Of Kenya (PGK) chairman Riz Charania who shot 67, for two under par total of 211.

An eagle three at the par five-first hole set the motion on for Wangai formerly of Railway who then made four back to back birdies from the second to the fourth, parred the rest.

But like Charania, Wangai also dropped a shot at the 10th, 12th, and 17th but cancelled them with birdies at the 11th and the par three-18th. ‘’Played brilliantly first nine but a bad shot to the bunker at the 10th then a three putts at the 12th ruined what was going to be my lowest round this year’’ said Wangai.

Long hitting Dismas Indiza was a shot behind on his own in fourth place also after firing three under par 68 for 212. His round included a clean two under par that included birdies at the fifth and sixth. But bogeyed the 12th and 13th and birdied the 11th, 15th and 17th. ‘’ It is still anybody’s race as the top four players are only separated by a shot and two shots, we will see how it goes tomorrow’’ said Indiza. Joint leader in the second round Njuguna Ngugi dropped to joint sixth place with home pro Kopan Timbe, and Uganda’s Deo Akope.

Ngugi shot five over par 76 for 218, a shot better than Muthaiga’s Nicholas Rokoine and day one leader Stefan Andersen sank further behind in 10th place after a 76 while Royal’s Eric Ooko jumped from 23rd to 11th after a 69 and the remaining amateur Agil Is-Haq carded one over par 72 to move from 18th to 13th place. The pros will be joined by a field of 150 amateurs in the final round.

Leader board after round 3:

210 Brian Njoroge 70, 72, 68

211 Riz Charania 71, 73, 67

211 John Wangai 75, 70, 68

212 Dismas Indiza 71, 73, 68

217 Nicholas Rokoine 73, 71, 73

218 Njuguna Ngugi 75, 67, 76

218 Kopan Timbe 75, 70, 76

218 Deo Akope (Ug) 74, 73, 71

221 David Odhiambo 73, 72, 76

221 Stefan Andersen 67, 78, 76

223 Eric Ooko 81, 73, 69.

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