Thika’s Ngige tops Tan­za­nia Open leader­board

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SPORT - BY LARRY NGALA lngala@ke.na­tion­media.comm

Diani Beach Mas­ters cham­pion Si­mon Ngige (pic­tured) fired his way to the top of the leader­board at the close of round one in this year’s Tan­za­nia Open at the par 72 Kiligolf Re­sort yes­ter­day.

Ngige, from Thika Sports Club here at home, birdied a cou­ple of holes for two un­der par 70 in the pro sec­tion of the event which at­tracted 57 pro­fes­sion­als from as far away as Zam­bia, Zim­babwe and Malawi. Fol­low­ing Ngige closely was the long-hit­ting Dis­mas In­diza who shot level par 72 to keep his hopes of win­ning the event alive.

Be­hind In­diza was an­other Kenyan pro Mathew Omondi of Vet Lab who shot one over par 73 to tie with R. Cairns from Zim­babwe and Tan­za­nia’s Jimmy Molell.

Four other play­ers tied on three over par 75 dur­ing the first round of the Sh800,000 event which for the first time has at­tracted play­ers from most of the East and Cen­tral Africa coun­tries.

The four in­cluded David Wakhu, Tony Omulli, Eric Ooko all from Kenya, and the Tan­za­nia-based Zim­bab­wean Farayi Chitengwa. The sec­ond round which was to de­cide the top 20 play­ers to pro­ceed to the last two rounds, was still on at the time of writ­ing.

Mean­while Tan­za­nia’s top ama­teur Vic­tor Joseph was lead­ing the am­a­teurs af­ter fir­ing an im­pres­sive one un­der par 71 which gave him a four shots lead from Kenya’s Robin­son Owiti who is the de­fend­ing cham­pion.

The hand­i­cap one Owiti carded three over par 75, just a shot bet­ter than his com­pa­triot Mike Kisia who fired 76 while Uganda’s Ron­ald Rugu­mayo was on six over par 78.

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