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GREG SNOW DOES IT AGAIN IN SAFARI GOLF TOUR AT MUTHAIGA

Posted on Wednesday, 15th January 2020 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Greg Snow after winning at Muthaiga Golf Club today

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Muthaiga Golf Club’s Greg Snow returned an impressive score of 4-under par, 67 in the last round of play, to claim his third Safari tour title of the season at his home club, with a 2-over par, 286 gross score.

He came into the final round, four strokes behind the overnight leader, Jastas Madoya, made a slow start in the first nine hitting two birdies at the par-5 fourth and par-4 eighth, coupled with two bogeys at the par-3 second and par-3 fifth for a turning score of par, 36.

It was at the back nine that Snow started narrowing the gap, starting off with back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th, before hitting another two at the 14th and 18th, while managing to go through the other holes without dropping a shot to hand him his sixth overall Safari tour title.

Speaking after his round, Greg noted his confidence and form coming into the tournament as what had contributed to his win. “I came into this leg fresh from the win at Thika Greens so I was in great form and was confident I could win here, even when I didn’t play so well, in the third round.”

On his performance in the last round, “I came in today knowing that I had to be on my best as the guys ahead of me would definitely play great golf, I had my work cut out for me and I am glad that I could get the win. I will rest tomorrow, before I start training for the next leg in Sigona.” He added.

Greg finished three strokes ahead of the trio of Golf Park’s David Wakhu, Great Rift Valley’s Justus Madoya and Thika Golf Club’s Simon Ngige in second place on 5-over par, 289. Wakhu and Ngige returned identical round scores of par, with Madoya returning a score of 2-over par, 73. The trio finished one stroke ahead of current series leader Dismas Indiza in fifth on 6-over par, 290. For his efforts Greg Snow will bank Ksh 105,000 with the trio in second going home with Ksh 59,500 each.

The leg saw a season high of eight amateur entries, with three of those going on to make the CUT. Nyali Golf Club’s Daniel Nduva edged Mutahi Kibugu to the amateur salver, in a three hole play off, after the two had finished tied on 11-over par, 295.

Johnnie Walker sponsored Dismas Indiza maintains his lead on the Road to the 2020 Magical Kenya Open standings on 330.6 points, Simon Ngige moves into second on 307.9 points, with Greg Snow in third with 300 points. Safari tour action moves to the Sigona Golf Club from the 25th-29th of January, for the ninth leg.

Safari Tour Calendar 2019/20:

Event 1 Nyali Golf and Country Club: 24th – 28th August 2019 (Winner: Greg Snow)

Event 2 Uganda Open:10th – 14th Sept 2019 (Winner: Madalitso Muthiya)

Event 3 Royal Nairobi Golf Club: 12th – 16th October 2019 (Winner: Tony Omuli)

Event 4 Entebbe Open (Entebbe Golf Club): 30th Oct – 2nd Nov 2019 (Winner: Jastas Madoya)

Event 5 Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort Open: 6th – 9th Nov 2019 (Winner: Dismas Indiza)

Event 6 Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort: 23rd – 27th Nov2019 (Winner: Dismas Indiza)

Event 7 Thika Greens: 4th – 8th January 2020 (Winner: Greg Snow)

Event 8 Muthaiga Golf Club: 11th – 15th January 2020 (Winner: Greg Snow)

Event 9 Sigona Golf Club: 25th – 29th January 2020

Event 10 Kitante Open (Uganda Golf Club): 12th – 15th February 2020

Event 11 Karen Country Club: 22nd -26th February 2020

2019 Magical Kenya Open, Karen Country Club, 12th – 15th March 2020.

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MADOYA RESUMES LEAD AT MUTHAIGA’S LEG OF SAFARI GOLF TOUR

Posted on Tuesday, 14th January 2020 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Great Rift Valley’s Jastas Madoya in round three action at the Muthaiga Golf Club.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Great Rift Valley’s Justus Madoya shot a round of 3-under par, 68, to see him regain the lead at Muthaiga Golf Club, on a gross score of 3-over par, 216 after the third round of the latest Safari Golf Tour action.

Madoya who had relinquished the lead to Greg Snow after the second round, shot two birdies; on the par-5 fourth and par-three fifth, while dropping one shot at the par-3 second in the front nine, for a turning score of 1-under par, 35.

Further birdies at the tenth, fourteenth and eighteenth coupled with a sole bogey at the twelfth, saw him return a round score of 3-under par 68.

Speaking after his round, Madoya highlighted his strong putting as one of the reasons behind his strong showing. “I played much better today, my putting improved from yesterday, and I hope I can play the same tomorrow, post an even better score and eventually win the tournament.” He said.

Overnight leader Greg Snow failed to recover from an opening pair of bogeys at the first and second, dropping further shots at the fifth and seventh in the front nine. A birdie at the tenth followed by three scores of par in the next holes seemed to have halted the slide, it was however short lived, as he dropped another shot at the par-4 14th and compounding his woes with a double bogey on the 18th, for a round score of 6-over par, 78, to see him drop three places on the leaderboard on an overall score of 6-over par, 219, three shots behind Madoya.

The day’s best score came from Golf Park’s David Wakhu, who carded a score of 4-under par, 67, off a strong display in the front nine, which bagged him four of his five birdies in the round, taking his gross score to 5-over par, 218, in second place alongside Thika Golf Club’s Simon Ngige who shot a round of par.

The stage is set for a pulsating finish to the eighth leg of the 2019/20 Safari tour, with up to eight players with a realistic chance of claiming the title in Muthaiga, the battle for the amateur silver salver is also set to go to the wire with Mutahi Kibugu and Daniel Nduva tied in 7th place on a gross score of 7-over par, 220. Round four action will tee off at 7:30 AM.

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