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HOW KENYA’S MADOYA RESISTED PRESSURE TO WIN UGANDA OPEN BY FIVE SHOTS

Posted on Monday, 6th December 2021 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Justus Madoya after winning the Uganda Open.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

Great Rift Valley Golf Resort based Justus Madoya, is the new Tusker Malt Uganda Open Golf Champion. Madoya who re-captured his lead during Friday’s third round, on Saturday completed a four rounds total of 13 under par 271 to win his first major championship, at the par 71 Entebbe Golf Club course.

It was however a close encounter with senior pro Dismas Indiza and round two leader Robson Chinhoi of Zimbabwe.

“I usually focus more on my game and the course than those I am playing with’’ said Madoya after posting one over par 72 in the closing round which included two bogeys at the front nine and three at the back nine with an eagle at the long par five-seventh and two birdies14th and 15th holes.

“I am extremely happy winning this event with a better score than the Entebbe Open three years ago where I won with eight under par. The few events we played at Vet Lab and Thika just before we came to Uganda real helped me to measure my form,” he said.

“”However the small put I missed at the 12th made realize that I could easily loose the event, that is what made me work hard for the two birdies at the back nine’’ said Madoya who won Ugsh 22.5 million, and who won by five shots from Dismas Indiza who, like Madoya, shot one over par 72 for a total of eight under par 278.

“The pin positions were tough today and that tells why there few under par scores in this final round. All the same I am very happy finishing second against such a strong field of young players’’ said Indiza who bogeyed the second hole though he recovered one at the fourth only to drop a shot at the sixth.

“I must admit that this course is currently in an excellent condition than I have seen it before. It offered one a chance to score low if one stays on course’’ said Indiza who finished with two back to back bogeys.

Meanwhile the Zimbabwean Robson Chinhoi posted two over par 73 for an all rounds total of six under par 278. He blamed poor putting in the final round particularly at the back nine. “I was striking the ball fairly well and gave myself many chances of picking up birdies but, did not  putt well” said Chinhoi who started with a birdie at the first nine though he made a double at the par three-10th  and later bogeyed the 15th and 17th.

A total of 96 payers had entered in the East Africa Breweries (Tusker Malit) sponsored event though only 33 survived the second round cut to continue with the tournament which is part of the Safari Tour.

 

The final Leader board:

1. Justus Madoya (Ken) 65, 68, 66, 72= 271

2. Dismas Indiza (Ken) 69, 69, 66, 72= 276

3. Robson Chinhoi (Zim) 68, 6473, 73= 278

4. Ronald Rugumayo (Ug) 72, 68, 66, 73= 279

5. Visitor Mapwanya (Zim) 67, 69, 70, 75= 281

6. Sydney Wemba (Zam) 74, 68, 72, 69= 283

7. Samuel Njoroge (Ken) 71, 74, 74, 65= 284

8. Erick Ooko (Ken) 72, 73, 70, 71=286

9. Paul Chidale (Maw) 72, 71, 72, 72= 287

9. Silver Opio (Ug) 70, 71, 74, 72= 287

9. Deo Akope (Ug) 72, 68, 71, 76= 287

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KENYA’S MADOYA, INDIZA TAKE CONTROL AT UGANDA OPEN IN ENTEBBE

Posted on Friday, 3rd December 2021 in Golf News
Kenya Golf Guide

Madoya in action at a previous Safari Tour event.

By DANIELLA APIYO AND AMANDA DAMARIS

The Great Rift Valley Golf Resort’s Justus Madoya who has suddenly found his winning formula, shot five under par 66 in the third round of the 2021 Uganda Open golf championship, to take a five shots lead as the event heads for the final round on Saturday at the Entebbe Golf Club course.

Madoya, who started the season badly and missed the cut in two events, displayed excellent form, thanks to a newly acquired Ping Putter which he said was doing marvellous work for him.

Am putting very well and also hitting them straight from the tees as I was able to correct the hooks and drawing’’ said Madoya who played with the two leading Zimbabwean pros Robson Chinhoi and Visitor Mapwanya.

This course has been very friendly to me and I enjoy playing here a lot’’ added Madoya who also doubles up as a Pastor.

He played a bogey free front nine which included a birdie at the seventh, then eagled the 15th after making birdies at the 12th , 14th 16th and 17th with a home green birdie putt lipping over, to finish with a par and his brilliant round which saw him jump to the top with a three rounds total of 14 under par 199.

My game has changed a lot and now I am able to avoid the draws I use to hit while a new Ping Putter which I got a couple of weeks ago, has also made me improve my putting’’ said Madoya who will now be leading the last flight of Dismas Indiza and Robson Chinhoi in the final round on Saturday.

I love playing here and it looks like history is repeating itself as last time I played here and won the Entebbe Open, I was playing with Dismas Indiza’’ added Madoya who is five shots clear ahead of  Indiza.

Meanwhile the day was an awful day for Chinhoi who bogeyed the second, a double at the par five- seventh, and another bogey at the ninth against only two birdies at the first and fourth. He played the back nine rather conservatively, picking pars all the way to 15th where he made an easy birdie but threw that away at the stroke index one-17th where he dropped a shot. Thereafter he missed a birdie at the 18th to close the day on two over par 73  to drop to third place with a total of eight under par 205, just a shot behind Indiza who three putted the 10th, 16th and 17th having also dropped a shot at the fourth.

I made few bad putts today particularly at the back nine, and I am happy that I was able to move closer to the top’’said Indiza who birdied the first three holes in the opening nine, then birdied the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th and closed the back nine and the day in style by picking up a five footer eagle at the 18th for his 66 and a total of nine under par 204.

Ronald Rugumayo was the best Ugandan on seven under par 206 also after a 66 for the day. He is tying fourth with Zimbabwe’s Visitor Mapwanya who shot one under par 70 for the day to also finish on 206.

The fourth and final round of the Ugsh 100 million event where the winner will take home Ugsh 22.5 Million tees off 8.20am followed by a subsidiary event for the amateurs.

 

The Leader board:

Justus Madoya(Ken) 65, 68, 66= 199

Dismas Indiza (Ken) 69, 69, 66= 204

Robson Chinhoi (Zim) 68, 64, 73= 205

Ronald Rugumayo 72, 68, 66= 206

Visitor Mapwanya (Zim) 67, 69, 70= 207

Deo Akope 72, 68, 71= 211

Philip Kasozi 69, 70, 72= 211

Joshua Seale 74, 67, 71= 212

Willy Kitata 74, 69, 70= 213

 

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