Greg Snow, played a decent round of 73 on the final day to the first leg of Safari Tour Golf Series that came to an end today at Nyali golf club.
The Muthaiga started from where he left last season as the series champion, carded an overall score of 3-over par 287.
The champion got off to a shaky start at the tournament by carding a round of 74, held his nerve and found groove through the rounds to claim the top spot.
He started off the final round by carding a total of 38 on the first nine courtesy of dropped shots at the par-4, second; the par-3, sixth and the par-4, ninth with the only birdie coming at the par-5t, fifth. On the back nine, he carded a total of 35 having dropped shots at the par-3, 10th; the par-4, 14th; and the par-4, 16th and having made a birdie at the par-5, 11th and an eagle-three at the 17th.
Speaking after the round, Snow said he was delighted with the win adding that the was happy with the recovery work that he put into the second and third rounds which lifted his scores.
“I am happy with the win here as it has been a very tough outing, not just for me, but for everyone who was involved over the last four days. I am particularly pleased with my performance over the last two rounds as they ensured that I increased my chances of winning the event. Today’s round was challenging, but I am glad that I only went over by two shots – which wasn’t a terrible outcome in the end.”
“Focus now shifts to the next Safari Tour event in Uganda, where I am hoping to challenge for the top honours there as well.”
With this win, Snow now has a total of four Safari Tour victories; and having taken top prize money in five occasions.
On his part, Nyali’s pro golfer, Njuguna Ngugi, who impressed in the third round to post the lowest score of the tournament, struggled on the final day to card a round of 79; a 13-shot turnaround from yesterday’s score of 66. This took his overall for the tournament to 7-over par 291, which was enough to see him secure second spot – underpinning the difficulty of the course and the conditions that met the players.
On the first nine, he carded a total of 41 courtesy of a bogey at the first, a double bogey at the second and bogeys at the sixth, seventh and ninth holes. On the back nine, he carded a total of 38 with bogeys at the 10th, 12th and the 17th holes. His second-place finish is however his highest finish yet at a Safari Tour event.
Last year’s Safari Tour winner in Nyali, David Wakhu, ended his campaign at the tournament with a round of 75, taking his total for the tournament to 8-over par 292; which was enough to secure third place. Wakhu, who also led his Pro-Am team to victory on Saturday, had a decent outing at the event, having not carded higher than 75 in any round; and posting the joint lowest score of 69 on round two.
For their efforts, the trio took home Kshs 105,000, Kshs 70,000 and Kshs 56,000 in prize money respectively; but failed to secure bonus prize money as none finished the tournament with an under-par score. In addition to his third-place finish prize money, Wakhu also walks away with KShs 30,000 being winnings for leading his team to Pro-Am victory at the tournament.
Nyali’s elite amateur, Daniel Nduva, impressed to finish tied in fourth place, alongside Pro Erick Obura, to win the tournament’s Silver Salver having been the only amateur to make the cut.
The 2019/2020 Safari Tour Golf Series season continues at the Uganda Open from the 10th to the 14th of September this year.