Snow keeps his cool to claim Karen win


Snow keeps his cool to claim Karen win
Johnnie Walker-sponsored Greg Snow poses with the Safari Golf Tour Series trophy after winning the Karen Country Club leg of the tournament. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

In Summary

  • Snow started off the round with a bogey at the par-4 first before holing consecutive birdies at the par-3 second, the par-4 third and the par-3 fourth holes before holing another birdie at the par-5 sixth to card a front nine score of 32
  • On the back nine, he got off to a birdie at the 10th and followed it up with another at the 12th before holing yet another birdie at the 14th to go 6-under par for the day

Muthaiga Golf Club’s Greg Snow shot an impressive round of 68 on the last day of the final leg of the 2019/2020 season of the Safari Golf Tour Series at the Karen Country Club to emerge winner of the tournament with a total score of 4-under par 280.

He started off the round with a bogey at the par-4 first before holing consecutive birdies at the par-3 second, the par-4 third and the par-3 fourth holes before holing another birdie at the par-5 sixth to card a front nine score of 32.

On the back nine, he got off to a birdie at the 10th and followed it up with another at the 12th before holing yet another birdie at the 14th to go 6-under par for the day.

He however shot a double bogey at par-4 15th and another at the par-4 18th to card a back nine total of 36.  With the Karen win, the Johnnie Walker-sponsored Snow banked KShs 450,000 and took his wins for the season to five – the most of anybody on the calendar.

At the same time, Thika Golf Club’s Simon Ngige shot an impressive round of 2-under par 69 to take his total for the tournament to 1-over par 285; seeing him clinch second place and banking KShs 300,000.

He started off his round with a total of 32 on the front nine having holed birdies at the second, sixth, seventh and ninth and having dropped a single shot at the fifth. On the back nine, he had a tough outing, carding 37 courtesy of bogeys at the 11th, 13th, 15th and having only holed birdies at the 12th and the 17th.

Meanwhile, Dismas Indiza completed the podium places after he ended his Karen Country Club campaign with a round of 72 to take his total to 2-over par 286; having carded 36 on the front nine and another 36 on the back nine.

For his performance, he took home KShs 240,000.  Meanwhile, Royal Nairobi’s Golf Club finished fourth at the tournament, taking home KShs 225,000 after he shot a round of 72 on the fnal day to take his total to 3-over par 287.

Zimbabwe golfer, Robinson Chinhoi, ended his outing at the tournament as the highest ranked regional player after he shot the lowest score of the week, a 4-under 67 taking his total to 4-over 288.

He finished tied in fifth alongside Muthaiga’s Geoffrey Makokha. On his part, Zambian Madalitso Muthiya finished in eighth place with a 5-over par 289 score.

Meanwhile, the list of eight Kenyan players who have qualified to play at this year’s Kenya Open was announced on Wednesday.

Dismas Indiza, who finished the season as the overall leader of the Road to Kenya Open Ranking, Simon Ngige, Greg Snow, Erik Ooko, David Wakhu, C.J. Wangai, Riz Charania and Jastas Madoya complete the list of Kenyans to play at the Kenya Open.

Robson Chinhoi and Nigerian Andrew Odoh are the two regional players who will play at the Kenya Open having qualified through the Safari Tour.

Two other regional players, Toto Thimba and Jayden Schaper from South Africa, have been invited to play at the tournament.

Season Three of the Safari Tour resumes starting May this year with an increased number of tournaments across four East African countries – Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

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