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GOLF PARK’S WAKHU CLINCHES SAFARI GOLF TOUR THIRD LEG TITLE AT GREAT RIFT VALLEY RESORT

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

David Wakhu is showered with beer as he is congratulated for winning at Great Rift Valley Resort today.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Golf Park’s David Wakhu claimed the third leg title at the par 71 Great Rift Valley Golf Resort in Naivasha despite bogeying six holes in the final round on Wednesday where he blamed slow play by the teams which played ahead of the last group.

I real wanted an under par final round, but along the way I started putting badly despite having started with a birdie on the first hole which ended up being the only birdie of the round. We had to wait in every hole and that real messed my focus and concentration and my plan to score all under par rounds’’ said Wakhu who finished on level par in the opening nine after dropping a shot at the fifth hole.

But worse was to come at the back nine he three putted the 11th, then dafted his tee shot at the par three 12th, while after hitting a perfect driver at the par five‐14th, he waited for more than 10 minutes and that was followed by an out of bound approach eight iron shot which resulted in a bogey. He then three putted the par five‐17th and missed a birdie narrowly at the 18th for a five over par 76 and a four rounds total of over par 285.

I am so grateful to my caddie Stephen Gachara and his boss Tom Fraser for their help during the week’’ added Wakhu who won by three shots from Kenya Railway Golf Club’s Samuel Njoroge.

 

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David Wakhu posses with the Safari Tour trophy after winning the third leg at Great Rift Valley Resort today.

The over par score however denied him more cash usual given as under par scores bonus. All the same he Wakhu took home Sh276, 667. On the other hand, Njoroge who was in the last flight with Wakhu shot four over par 75 four over total of 288, with round one leader Greg Snow of Muthaiga posting 76 for five over par 289.

Youngster Mathew Wahome whose club Nyali is hosting the fourth leg next week, shot one over par 72 for a total of 290. The only under par score of two under 69 was posted by Rwanda’s Aloys Nsabimana which pushed him to ninth place on 293. “ I am happy at least I was able to play well though it came a bit late, but I believe my game is definitely going to improve as we go along’’ said Nsabimana who is sponsored by Falcon Country Club of Rwanda courtesy of leading amateur golfer in Rwanda, Innocent Rutamu.

It was a bad finish for Malawi’s Paul Chidale as he shot 78 in the final round to drop to tying seventh with senior pro DismasIndiza on 292. It was also a bad final round for home pro and defending champion Justus Madoya who after third round’s 69, he brought home to his fans though he picked up a number of bogeys in the final round for a disastrous 83 to drop to 14th place on 298, tying with second leg winner Robson Chinhoi of Zimbabwe and Golf Park’s Eric Ooko.

The final leader board:

David Wakhu 285 (69, 70, 70, 76)

Samuel Njoroge 288 (70, 74, 69, 75)

Greg Snow 289 (66, 73, 74, 76)

Mathew Wahome 290 (71, 76, 71, 72)

Ganeev Giddie 291 (73, 73, 72, 73)

Tafara Mpofu 291 (70, 74, 73, 74)

Dismas Indiza 292 (69, 72, 80, 71)

Paul Chidale (Maw) 292 (70, 75, 69, 78)

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RUTHLESS WAKHU NOW TAKES A FOUR SHOTS LEAD AT SAFARI TOUR GREAT RIFT VALLEY RESORT LEG

Posted on Tuesday, 12th October 2021 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

David Wakhu in action at Great Rift Valley Lodge during the third day of Safari Golf Tour today.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Golf Park Golf Club’s David Wakhu finally moved to the top of the leader board going into Wednesday’s final round of the 2021 Safari Tour third leg at the Great Rift Valley Golf Resort in Naivasha.

The consistent Wakhu, shot one under par 70, his second in tournament, for a three rounds total of four under par 209 to jump to the leader board ahead of Muthaiga’s Greg Snow and Kenya Railway Golf Club’s Samuel Njoroge who finished the day on level par total of 213 each.

“I decided to remain cool and play according to my plan which was to play at least four under par for the day. I missed a few chances but I am still happy with a two under par and since there is another day tomorrow, who knows! I could still play a lower score than today’’ said Wakhu who picked up the only bogey of the day after missing the greens. He then birdied the 13th and 14th holes.

Njoroge on the other hand, birdied the first, fourth and sixth, dropped two shots at the seventh and the tough par four‐ninth. He dropped an early shot at the back nine’s 11th, recovered two at the 13th and 14th missed a par narrowly at the par five‐17th but wound up the back nine with a birdie three at the par four‐18th for two under par 69 to tie for the second place with Snow who shot two over par 74 after a string of bogeys including a double at the notorious seventh which has proved tough for him since last year.

He had however picked up a birdie at the par three‐third, then he dropped a shot at the fourth and was lucky to escape with a bogey at the sixth after driving to the right bush where he lost a ball, then he over shot the green on the seventh to double the hole. At the back nine Snow made a birdie at the 14th and everything appeared fine until he missed a close one for a par at the 18th.

It was however a disastrous day for senior pro Dismas Indiza who picked up a seven at the par four‐ninth after over pitching the green, having three putted the seventh and eighth to cancel two early birdies at the fourth and sixth. He started the back nine well, with an early birdie coming at the 11th, though he dropped a shot at the 15th. It was however, an 11 at the par five‐17th where he was penalised two shots for using two caddies, having scored a nine. This saw him close the day on nine over par 80 to drop from third place to 13th place with eight over par 221. On the other hand, Malawi’s Paul Chidale shot two under par 69 for a total of one over par 214 in fourth place and still in with a good chance of string to the top in the closing round.

“I am improving by the day, and very happy in particular with my round today though I missed a few chances which denied me a lower round’’ said Chidale who picked a nine at the 17th after hitting his driver to the bush. He had earlier birdied the six, seven and eight, and at the 10th, 13th and 16th.

The final round gets under way from 8.30am followed by the prize giving ceremony at 2.30pm.

 

The Leader board after Round Three:

David Wakhu 69, 70, 70= 209

Samuel Njoroge 70, 74, 69= 213

Greg Snow 66, 73, 74= 213

Paul Chidale (Maw) 70, 75, 69=214

Justus Madoya 70, 76, 69= 215

Andrew Odoh (Nig) 72, 73, 71= 216

Tafara Mpofu (Zim) 70, 74, 73= 217

Mathew Wahome 71, 76. 71= 218

Ganeev Giddie 73 73, 72= 218

Sydney Wemba (Zam) 70, 76, 72= 218

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