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HOW MADOYA CLUNG TO HIS LEAD TO WIN THE 2019 ENTEBBE OPEN

Posted on Monday, 4th November 2019 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Justus Madoya at a past event.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort’s Justus Madoya shot a decent round of 68 on the last round of the 2019 Entebbe Open to take his total for the tournament to 9-under par 275; seeing him emerge winner of the tourney.

This was Madoya’s maiden victory at the Safari Tour Golf Series which he won in convincing flair. With 275 shots after 72 holes, Madoya ended his Entebbe campaign eight strokes better than the nearest player – establishing one of the largest wins in a Safari Tour event and having not played worse than 71 in each round.

His first nine on the final round was bogey-free, holing birdies at the par-4 third and the par-3 sixth for a total of 33. On the back nine, he holed the round’s lone bogey at the par-3 10th before holing birdies at the par-4 13t and the par-5 18th for a total of 35.

For his stellar performance, Madoya won Ugandan Shillings 6 million (Which is equivalent to KShs 167,000) and picked up maximum points (50) on the Road to the 2020 Magical Kenya Open ranking to go ninth with a total of 116.5 points.

Speaking after being crowned Champion, Madoya said he was thrilled with the win adding that he now looks forward to the rest of the season with a boost of confidence.

I am excited with the win here which I think has been a long time coming. I have had a great outing here in Entebbe and now look forward to the remaining rounds in this season’s Safari Tour calendar,” he said.

Commenting on the competitiveness of the 2019/2020 Safari Tour Calendar, Madoya said:

The fact that we have now had four different winners so far confirms that, indeed, the series has become very competitive – which is good for all involved as well as the fans. I believe that if we continue like this, the local contingent of players will be more competitive at next year’s Kenya Open.”

Meanwhile, Johnnie-Walker-Sponsored Dismas Indiza finished his Entebbe Open campaign with a decent round of 69 to take his total after 72 holes to 1-under par 283; which was enough to see him finish in second.

He carded a total of 33 on the first nine courtesy of birdies at the fourth, eighth and ninth holes with a dropped shot at the seventh. On the back nine, he carded a total of 36 courtesy of a double bogey on the 15th and birdies on the 14th and 18th.

For his stellar effort, Indiza amassed a total of 48 Road to the 2020 Magical Kenya Open ranking points to see him top the ranking for the first time ever with a total of 190.6 points from the four events. He took home Ugandan Shillings 4 million (The equivalent of KShs 111,000) for his efforts.

Ugandan Herman Mutaawe finished third overall with a level-par 284 score; taking home Ugandan Shillings 3.2 million (The equivalent of KShs 89,000).

Kopan Timbe finished tied in fourth with a 1-over par 285 score while Johnnie-Walker Sponsored Greg Snow finished tied in sixth with a 2-over par 286 score. With this performance, Snow is now second in the Road to the 2020 Magical Kenya Open ranking with a total of 174 points; while Riz Charania and Simon Ngige are tied in third with 166.6 points apiece.

Action in the 2019-2020 Safari Tour Golf Series resumes next week in Uganda at the Lake Serena Golf Resort Open from the 6th to the 9th of November.

 

Safari Tour Calendar 2019/20

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

Event 2 Uganda Open (Lake Victoria Serena) 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: Justus Madoya)

Event 5 Lake Serena Golf Resort Open (Lake Serena Golf Resort) 6th – 9th November 2019

Event 6 Great Rift Valley Golf Club 23rd – 27th November 2019

Event 7 Muthaiga Golf Club 14th – 18th December 2019

Event 8 Thika Greens 4th – 8th January 2020

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

Event 12 Tanzania Open (Kiligolf) TBC

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

 

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MADOYA HOLDS SIX STROKE LEAD AFTER ROUND THREE OF ENTEBBE OPEN

Posted on Friday, 1st November 2019 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort’s Justus Madoya in previous action

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort’s Justus Madoya returned a round score of par, after round three, to open a six stroke lead at the summit of the Entebbe Open heading into the last round of play.

Madoya who was the overnight leader coming into round three, started his round with par scores through the first three holes, before bogeying the par-4 fourth and the par-3 sixth, he however managed to recover these with birdies in the last two holes, for a turning score of par. It was a similar tale on the back nine with a bogey on the tenth, cancelled out with a birdie on the 15th, to see him return a round score of par.

His score saw him take advantage of the slip ups by the chasing pack, led by Uganda’s Herman Mutaawe and Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi, who started the day three shots behind Madoya. Herman shot a round of 3-over par, 74 to see him fall a further three shots behind the leader but still maintain his second spot on the leaderboard, at the close of the round. 

Chinhoi played a shot worse than Mutaawe, to find himself in a four way tie in third place on a gross score of 1-over par, 214, alongside Kenyan trio of Dismas Indiza, Kopan Timbe and CJ Wangai. 

The third round however belonged to Johnnie Walker sponsored Dismas Indiza, who shot a round leading score of 2-under par to see him climb six places on the leaderboard to third. The Mumias based golfer wasted no time in making his intentions clear, starting off with a birdie on the first. He would make a further birdie on the fourth, before dropping his first shot at the par-4, ninth, he replicated these scores on the back nine, for a round score of 2-under par, 69 to take his total score to 1-over par, 214.

The quartet sit three shots ahead of Uganda’s Henry Lujja, and Kenyan Duo of Greg Snow and David Wakhu, who currently hold a score of 4-over par, 217, Tony Omuli, who won his first event on the Safari tour during the Royal Nairobi Golf club leg, is in tenth place, one stroke behind.

The stage is set for a mouth watering finish at the Entebbe Golf Club, with up to six players in with a chance of winning the 2019 Entebbe Open, fourth round action is set to tee off at 7:00 AM.

 

Additional Information:

 

Safari Tour Calendar 2019/20

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

Event 2 Uganda Open (Lake Victoria Serena) 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

Event 5 Lake Serena Golf Resort Open (Lake Serena Golf Resort) 6th – 9th November 2019

Event 6 Great Rift Valley Golf Club 23rd – 27th November 2019

Event 7 Muthaiga Golf Club 14th – 18th December 2019

Event 8 Thika Greens 4th – 8th January 2020

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

Event 12 Tanzania Open (Kiligolf) TBC

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

 

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