Nigeria’s Andrew Odoh shared the lead with Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi during the second day of the ninth and final leg of the Safari Golf series at Karen Country Club,Nairobi.
Robson Chinhoi and Odoh both fired one under par 70.
Odoh who dropped two shots after the first four holes, eventually birdied the last two holes of the front nine to level it.
Then a heavy rain forced the organizers to suspend play for an hour and half, and with the wet condition the Nigerian managed two more birdies at the back nine with a bogey in between,to take his scores to six under par 136.
“The best way would have been postponing the round until Tuesday morning, because the rain just changed the condition. All the same we are done with the second round and can only look forward to the third round’’ said Odoh.
On the other hand, Chinhoi who had eight holes to go when the rain started, shot two under par 69 to also close the day on six under par 136 and book a match with Odoh.
He bogeyed the first hole but that did not put him off as he made two birdies before the end of the opening nine, levelled the back nine after the rain with birdies on the 11th and 12th with two bogeys in his card.
“It was not a perfect day but the bad weather notwithstanding, I am looking forward to the last two rounds of the tournament and see how it will be’’ said Chinhoi.
Kenyan pro Dismas Indiza meanwhile shot two under par, to bring his two rounds scores to five under par 137 and just a shot behind the two leaders.
Indiza also dropped a shot at the first hole but birdied the fifth and eagled the sixth and then leveled the back nine, to keep his hopes of winning the tournament much alive.
“It was good though I wanted a rather low score, but I will fight on in the remaining two rounds and see how it goes’’ said Indiza.
A total of 21 players who played four over and better made the cut to the last two ropunds to remain in contention for the winner’s purse of Ksh. 375,000. Two amateurs Quram Bhatti and Jay Sandhu missed the cut by one shot as well as series leader Greg Snow who shot 148.