Professional golfer Erick Ooko played level par to take round one lead at the first leg of Safari Tour Golf series on par 71 Nyali Golf and golf club today.
Royal club’s member Ooko led by two shots against Windsor’s Rizwan Charania who tied with Muthaiga’s Ganeev Giddie with the former winning the Pro-Am competition on Saturday.
Ooko, opened his round with a birdie on the relatively easy dogleg left par-5 but quickly lost the advantage on the tough par-4 2nd hole before birding on par-5 5th and bogeyed the par-4 8th to finish level par- 36 on the opening nine.
On the back nine, Ooko dropped shots on the downhill par-3 10th and par-4 13th; he birdied the par-5 11th and the par-5 17th to complete his back nine on level par – 35 for a total of 71.
The leader said he enjoyed the opening round with the conditions of the golf course. “Nyali has presented an excellent championship course, the greens are putting true and the fairways are firm and fast,” said Ooko ahead of tomorrow’s second round.
Charania and Giddie finished second after tying on a score of 73, just 2-shots off the leader Ooko. Greg Snow, Ngugi Njuguna, Ken Abuto, Dismas Indiza and James Karanja finished tied in fourth place with a score of 74.
Great Rift’s Justus Madoya, David Odhiambo and Frank Matilo were tied ninth with 75, Kopan Timbe and Hesbon Kutwa were tied 12th with 76.
The amateur quartet of Willam Kaguta, George Munyao, Temi Katembo and Adel Balala finished with a relatively good score of 6-over par 77 for a tie of 14th place.
The second round of the inaugural edition of the Safari Tour continues tomorrow(Monday 20th Aug) at the Nyali Golf and Country Club. Only the top 20 players at the close of Round two will proceed to play in the third and fourth round and to compete for a share of the Sh1m on offer.
Round one leader-board
- Erick Ooko-71
- Rizwan Charania 73
- Geneev Giddie 73
- Dismas Indiza 74
- Greg Snow 74
- James Karanja 74
- Ken Abuto 74
- Ngugi Njuguna 74