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MADOYA IS ALL SMILES AS HE REMAINS AT THE TOP OF THE LEADER BOARD AFTER DAY TWO OF SAFARI TOUR AT GREAT RIFT

Posted on Thursday, 14th January 2021 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Jastas Madoya smiles after sinking a putt at the 18th hole today, during the second day of the Great Rift Valley leg of Safari Golf Tour.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Round one leader Justus Madoya increased his lead by six shots despite having dropped a shot in the second round of the Great Rift Valley Golf Resort leg of the 2020/2021 Safari Tour Golf series today.

During yesterday’s round, Madoya who has been enjoying a great home support, shot one over par 72, for a two rounds total of three under par 139. He leads Thika Sports Club’s Simon Ngige, Uganda’s Abbey Bagalana and amateur Adel Balala from Nyali Golf and Country Club Mombasa.

I did not start the day well as I dropped three shots in a row from the third at the end of the first nine, but I managed two birdies in that nine and I knew I still had a chance of recovering at the back nine’’ said Madoya who eventually birdied the 12th, 14th, and the last hole with three bogeys in between for the day’s 72.

He said his plan in the remaining two days is to pick up three under par in each round to win the event. “I know players like Snow, Bagalana and Ngige will be playing well, but I am all set for that as I know my game and I know this course very well’’ Madoya said.

Of the three who tied for the second place on 145, Ngige had the best round of two under par 69, a round that included four birdies at the opening nine and one at the back. He however closed the day with two back to back bogeys which actually denied him a lower score for the day.

The Ugandan Bagalana who is seeking his first Safari Tour title, shot three over par 74, having levelled the course during the opening round. “This tour has really improved my game and I am looking forward to play better in the remaining events and hopefully win one of them’’ said Bagalana who finished in 25th in the Uganda Open.

I had great chance of playing under par score but made a number bogeys, though I now know the course better’’ added Bagalana who along with Deo Akope were the only Ugandans who made the second round cut.

On the other hand Muthaiga’s Greg Snow picked up a double-bogey at the 10th after dropping two shots at the opening nine though three birdies at the 12th, 14th and 17th saw him finish on one over par 72 to finish on his own with 146, just a shot behind Bagalana, Ngige and the youngster Adel Balala who hit his approached shot to the right bush at the 18th. He was lucky to get away with a bogey in a day where he made five birdies but against a number of bogeys for four over par 75. He and another top amateur Simon Njogu of the Great Rift Valley Resort were the only amateurs who made the 13 over par cut, the highest cut in recent times.

Friday’s third round gets under way from 10am with Frank Matilo and John Wangai leading the field while the leading group of Balala, Ngige and Madoya will be teeing off at 11.20am.

The leader board:

Justus Madoya 139 (67, 72)

Simon Ngige 145 (76, 69)

Abbey Bagalana (Ug) 145 (71, 74)

Adel Balala(A) 145 (70, 75)

Greg Snow 146 (74, 72)

Eric Ooko 147 (77, 70)

David Wakhu 147 (74, 73)

Deo Akope (Ug) 148 (72, 76)

Jacob Okello 148 (73, 75)

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HOME PLAYER MADOYA TAKES THREE SHOTS LEAD AT GREAT RIFT VALLEY LEG OF SAFARI TOUR

Posted on Wednesday, 13th January 2021 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Great Rift Valley’s Jastas Madoya in action.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Home professional Justus Madoya got off to flying start, firing four under par 67, to grab a three shots lead as sixth leg of the 2020/2021 Safari Tour Golf series got under way at the Great Rift Valley Golf Resort Naivasha today.

Courtesy of a bogey-free first nine, Madoya managed to jump to the top, leaving Nyali Golf and Country Club’s amateur Adel Balala in second place.

Usually I start poorly and then do recovery bit, but I am happy I started well this time round and I am hoping this is the beginning of a good week’’ said Madoya in an interview with the press after his round. He made birdies at the par four-first, third, fifth and sixth holes.

He also started the back nine well though a double-bogey at the par three-15th following an early single bogey at the 13th almost ruined the day for him though he managed to recover with two birdies at the 14th and 16th .

The course is playing well and probably easy to score if one stays on target and has enough patience for the greens’’ added Madoya who said he hopes to build up his opening round with probably better scores in the remaining rounds.

Following Madoya in second place was amateur Adel Balala from Nyali Golf and Country Club Mombasa who shot one under par 70 despite missing a number of birdie chances particularly at the back nine where he dropped a shot at the 13th.

He had made two birdies at the front nine’s third and sixth holes, a good foundation though birdies became elusive at the back nine. “ I hit very good shots at the back nine and was all the time on regulation but I could make some birdies though in am happy starting on under par score’’ said Balala.

Two players including Uganda Open champion Robson Chinhoi of Zimbabwe meanwhile tied for third place on level par 71, while Uganda’s Deo Akope was on one over par 72.

Chinhoi who shot an amazing 15 under par in the Uganda Open on a tough condition course, started of with a birdie at the first hole in yesterday’s first nine and concluded it with a birdie at the ninth with a bogey at the fourth.

He then bogeyed the 12th and 15th with only two birdies at the 13th and 17th leveling the day to tie with Uganda’s Abbey Bagalana who made five birdies but against a similar number of bogeys one of them being at the home green.

A total of 45 players made the first round cut out of the field of 48 players. Today’s second round is set for 9am.

The leader board after Day One:

  1. Justus Madoya 67
  2. Adel Balala(A) 70

     3. Robson Chinhoi (Zim) 71

         Abbey Bagalana (UG) 71

  1. Deo Akope 72
  2. Dismas Indiza 73

         Jacob Okello 73

  1. Njuguna Ngugi 74

    David Wakhu 74

    Greg Snow 74

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