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UGANDA’S AKOPE SPOILS ‘MASHUJAA DAY PARTY’ FOR LOCALS AS HE WINS FOURTH LEG OF SAFARI GOLF TOUR AT NYALI CLUB

Posted on Wednesday, 20th October 2021 in Golf News
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Deo Akope with the winner’s trophy at Nyali Club today.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Two birdies at the last two holes of the final round so Uganda’s Deo Akope clinch the fourth leg of the 2021/2020 Safari Tour Golf series at the par 71 Nyali Golf and Country Club course on Wednesday.
Before his back to back birdies enroute home, Akope, one of the most experienced professional golfers in Uganda and East Africa and who also doubles up as the resident professional at Uganda Golf Club Kitante and the captain of the professional Golfers Association of Uganda, had picked up a double bogey at the 417‐yards par four‐16th hole.
“I had a bad approach shot at the 16th which resulted in a double bogey but my caddie Amos encouraged me and told me to forget about the hole and focus on the remaining two holes. I am happy because I made two good birdies and in particular the down‐hill one at the 18th. I am excited because this is the first win for a Ugandan in the Safari Tour, and its encouragement for the rest of the Ugandan pros who are members of the safari and who look up to me’’ said Akope.
He had dropped one shot at the first nine’s seventh hole, while before his double‐bogey six at the 16th, he had birdied the 15th. “ I have played on this course for many years first as an amateur and later as a professional but I have not been very lucky. Winning here on under is very refreshing and encouraging’’ added Akope who missed the third leg at the Great Rift after failing to register for the tournament before the deadline and whose level par 71 in the final round gave him a four rounds total of two under par 282, to take home Sh314,348 which included bonus money of Sh104,348.

 

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Deo Akope gives the winners speech at Nyali Golf and Country Club today.

He beat senior pro Dismas Indiza and Thika Sports Club’s Simon Ngige by two shots. Indiza, fired also fired level par 71 in the final round for a total of level par 284 to tie with Ngige in the second place. He had four birdies and an equal number of bogeys for the day. Akope thanked the Safari Tour and Nyali Golf and Country Club for keeping the course in great condition, saying the tour has general improved and that is shown by the way the players have been scoring lately.
“I am happy I was able to catch up with these young men, though I did not play the way I real wanted’’ said Indiza who is still chasing his first title this season. Ngige on the shot two over par which included a bogey at the par three‐18th where he shot to the right rough, followed with a poor roll to the greens.
Coming to the 18th Ngige was at par with Akope and he need a birdie also to force a play off.
He birdied one hole at the front nine and also dropped a shot, to level the first nine, while he started the back nine with two quick bogeys at the 10th and 11th with only one shot recovered at the 17th. Tying in fourth place was Erick Ooko, Mutahi Kibugu and third leg winner David Wakhu on two over par 286. The youngster Taimur Malik clinched the amateur title though with a poor 13 over 297.
A total of 22 players had made the six over par second round cut in the event which had attracted a field of 65 professionals drawn from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Rwanda. The tour now takes a shot break with the next event being the Uganda Open which has now been moved from Uganda Golf Club to the Entebbe Golf Club from December 2.

THE FINAL LEADER BOARD AFTER NYALI LEG:
Deo Akope(Ug)                     282 (75, 68, 68, 71)
Dismas Indiza                       284 (72, 70, 71, 71)
Simon Ngige                          284 (70, 71, 70, 73)
Erick Ooko                             286 (70, 75, 72, 69)
Mutahi Kibugu                      286 (71, 74, 69, 72)
David Wakhu                         286 (73, 72, 68, 73)
Robson Chinhoi (Zim)        289 (72, 68, 75, 74)
Tranos Muradzikwa (Zim) 289 (72, 73, 71, 73)

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UGANDA’S AKOPE AND LOCAL BOY NGIGE TIE ON DAY THREE OF THE SAFARI GOLF TOUR NYALI LEG

Posted on Tuesday, 19th October 2021 in Golf News
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Dismas Indiza in action at Nyali Golf and Country Club today.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Uganda’s Deo Akope shot three under par, his second in two days, to tie with Thika Sports Club’s Simon Ngige on two under par total, going into the final round of the 2021/2022 Safari Tour golf series at the par 71 Nyali Golf and Country Club course on Tuesday.
Staring with an eagle three at the par five‐first hole, Akope, a resident pro at Uganda Golf Club in Kampala, later pushed his driver to the right at the par five‐fifth hole, came out well but over shot the green, to drop his only shot of the day which he however managed to recover at the dog‐leg‐left eighth hole, then parred the first eight holes at the back nine until at the home green where he picked up a two‐club for the day’s 68 for a two rounds total of 211.
“I am just happy with my score even though I had a chance of going low but I did not want to be too aggressive as I know this course very well having played here many times’’ said Akope who said he will strictly follow his game plan which is to make sure he does not drop many shots but rather manage whatever comes.
“If I play and win, that will be most welcome as I will be the first Ugandan to win a safari Tour event, but I am not going to aggressively look for that’’ added Akope. On the other hand, Ngige who said his take off from the tee was not so good, hopes to try and go lower in the final round, though his plan like Akope is to try and minimise further damage. “I was able to make birdie on the par fives, because I was trying to make sure that I remain on course in every hole and that helped me to save pars on the long hole’’ said  Ngige who said he will embark on preparation for the Uganda now that the fifth leg at Leisure Lodge has been cancelled.
He dropped a shot at the uphill par three‐sixth but recovered a shot at the eighth and made two birdies at the back nine, but with a bogey in between. “I real think of what club to pick at the sixth, as I have tried eight and even seven but I don’t seem to get on to the green and that has been costing me par there leave alone a birdie’’said Ngige who finished on one under par 70 and a total of two under par 211.
Closing to a striking position was Golf Park’s David Wakhu who shot three under 68 to tie for third place with senior pro Dismas Indiza on level par 213. “I dropped two shots at the sixth and seventh though had started well, picking up a birdie at the third hole, but atleeast I was able to pick up three birdies at the back nine including a two at the 18th, and that made all the difference. I am happy with my round, and look forward to play with both Ngige and Akope who I have a lot of respect as experienced players’’ said Wakhu.
Indiza on the hand shot level par 71 for 213 and just a shot better than Muthaiga’s Mutahi Kibugu who posted two under par to move to fifth place on one over par 214. Meanwhile round two leader Robson Chinhoi picked up a 10 at the par five‐11th after hitting out of bbound, to drop to sixth place on two over 215, though he is only four shots behind, but he has to do a lot to return and finish at the top. Teeing off for the final round is set for 7.30am followed by the prize giving ceremony at 2pm.

THE LEADER BOARD AFTER THIRD ROUND AT NYALI:

Deo Akope (Ug) 75, 68, 68= 211

Simon Ngige 70, 71, 70= 211

David Wakhu 73, 72, 68= 213

Dismas Indiza 72, 70, 71= 213

Mutahi Kibugu 71, 74, 69= 214

Robson Chinhoi 72, 68, 75= 215

Aloys Nsabimana(Rw) 74, 71, 71= 216

Tranos Muradzikwa(Zim) 72, 73, 71= 216

Visitor Mapwanya (Zim) 74, 69, 73= 216

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