Kenyan Sujan Shah took the surprise lead at the third and penultimate round of Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort Open on par 72 at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort.
Sigona Golf Club’s Shah capitalized on a slump Dismas Indiza to go top of the leaderboard at the Lake Victoria Serena Open after round three. Shah shot a round of 70 to take his total for the tournament to 3-under par 213; one shot ahead of the nearest challenger after 54 holes.
He started his round with a near-perfect first nine effort, carding a total of 34 courtesy of birdies at the par-3, seventh, the par-5, eighth and the par-4 ninth; with his only dropped shot of the round coming at the par-4 third. On the back nine he had a bogey-free run; holding par on all holes for a back nine total of 36. With his performance, he equalled his opening round’s score of the tournament.
Professional Golfers of Kenya captain, C J Wangai, – also from Sigona- stormed to second place after he posted a round of 69 (the lowest score of the day) to take his total for the tourney to 2-under par 214. On the first nine, he carded a total of 34 courtesy of birdies at the par-4, first, par-4 sixth and the par-5, eighth. He however holed a bogey at the par-4 third. On the back nine, he carded a total of 35 courtesy of birdies at the par-5 13th and the par-5 17th; with his only dropped shot at the back nine coming at the par-3 15th.
Johnnie-Walker-Sponsored Dismas Indiza and Vet Lab’s Edwin Mudanyi (who finished first and second yesterday) had a day to forget having posted rounds of 76 and 77 respectively to finish the day tied in third with 1-under par 215 scores; two shots off the lead. Indiza had a disappointing first nine, carding a total of 39 courtesy of bogeys at the sixth, eighth and ninth holes – and having managed par in the rest of the holes. On the back nine, he dropped two shots at the par-5 13th and followed it up with a bogey at the par-4 14th before holing his only birdie of the round at the par-5 17th for a back nine total of 38.
It was however another strong performance by the Kenyans at the tournament with eight of the top ten players after round three all being Kenyans. Erick Ooko and Greg Snow both ended the third round tied at 1-over par 217 in 5th while Mathew Wahome and Tony Omuli were joint eighth alongside Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi and Uganda’s Ronald Rugumayo at 3-over par 219.
Round three leaderboad
- 213 Sujan Shah- 70, 73, 70 (-3)
- 214 CJ Wangai- 72, 73, 69 (-2)
- 215 Edwin Mudanyi 69, 70, 70 (1)
- 215 Dismas Indiza 68, 70, 77 (-1)
- 217 Erick Ooko 72, 73, 72 (+1)
- 217 Greg Snow 74, 69, 74 (+1)
- 219 Tony Omuli 74, 74, 71 (+3)