"At least it has eased off a big burden on our
expenses," said Snow.
Snow birdied holes 1, 2,4,7, 12, 19 and 18 but
dropped a shot on the par 4 -9th.
Golf Park pro David Wakhu is the second best placed
Kenyan on a gross total of 7 under par 205 after
dropping a shot on the par 4- 18th. Wakhu goes into the
last round in joint 14th position.
Third placed local is Mumias long-hitter Dismas
Indiza who heads to the closing round on a gross total
of 5 under.
On the summit, the battle for the blue jacket
served-up great moments ahead for fans with Portuguese
Stephen Ferreira’s lead being trimmed to a mere one
Ferreira has led the 2019 edition of the Masters from
the start and has remained the darling of fans since
Ferreira started round three with a three shot
cushion, but not until South Africa’s Toto Thimba pilled
immense pressure to cut his lead to a solitary shot.
Both went into the last two holes separated by one
Ferreira wowed spectators at the par 72 Karen Country
Club on Thursday when he set a course record with a
scintillating round of 10 under par 62.
But Thimba who led his team to Pro-Am victory on
Wednesday bounced back on day two with a stunning 9
under par 63 and its been neck and neck affair between
the two front runners.
Whatever’s up their sleeves will be known on the last
round on Sunday when the winner of the blue jacket will
Meanwhile, Kenya’s indiza hopes to attack the last
"After round two, I was just trying to stay patient
and started off really solid today (Saturday).
"I drove the ball nicely, hit a lot of good quality
shots into the greens.
"Lets hope for the best but I am excited with the
score the locals have posted so far with 9 Kenyans in
the money bracket.
"It’s a clear indication that standards have
improved," said Indiza who wrapped up day three play on
T25 with a score of 5 under par n 211.
Wakhu said: "It would have been nice to go eight
under, but it became a mission impossible when I bogied
the 18th hole."
Kenya faces tough
test at Sunshine Golf tour in Nairobi
BY John Kwoba NAIROBI
(Xinhua) -- Kenyan
professional golfer Greg Snow took a commanding lead at
the Karen Masters golf tournament in Nairobi, which is
part of the Africa Sunshine Tour.
Snow carded 67 points behind leader Stephen Ferreira
of Italy to increase his hopes of winning the
tournament, which has attracted 158 professional golfers
from Africa and Europe. The tournament ends on Sunday.
"Obviously the plan is to win the event and just to
have a solid week and play some good golf.
"I have been practicing well and I want to challenge
for the honors.
"The course is in superb lush-green condition and I
can only hope for the best.
"I will go for the cut and after securing a place in
the money bracket, I will take the last two rounds as
they come," said Snow on Friday.
Snow, together with Dismas Indiza and Simon Ngige,
are expected to lead the 30-man Kenya squad with
national team captain Charles Wangai.
"Our team is set for the Masters.
"We have sharpened our skills and improved on our
game including putting and swinging.
"We are ready," said Wangai.
The 2019 KCB Karen Masters will offer an increased
prize pot worth 15 million shillings for the winner (
150,000 U.S. dollars) up from 13,500 dollars in 2018.
This makes it one of the most lucrative tournaments
in the Sunshine Tour.
South Africa has over 100 golfers in the Tour
including defending champion Michael Palmer, currently
ranked 23rd in the Sunshine Tour rankings.
Others are nine of the top 10 players on the tour
ranking that include Daniel Van Tonder, JC Ritchie,
Callum Mowat, Garrick Higgo, Martin Rohwer, Thriston
Lawrence, Neil Schietekat, Jacques Blaauw and Steve
Uganda has also sent top professional in Abraham
Ainemani together with Phillip Kasozi, Deo Akope, Brian
Toolit, Herman Mutawe and Ronald Rugumayo.
Zimbabwean Ryan Cairns, who won a Toyota Prado at
last year’s tourney after sinking a hole-in-one on the
5th hole, is also in contention.