Local professional golfers posted mixed results on the first day of the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open that teed off yesterday at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club.
Mediratta Mohit finished as the top placed Kenyan. Teeing off from hole 10, he started his campaign on a high, birding the par 5 hole ten. He posted three more birdies on hole 14, 17 and 18 while bogeying holes 12 and 16 and levelled the other three in his first nine.
On his back nine, Mohit dropped two shots on holes two and eight birding the par 5 hole four and the par 4 hole nine. He levelled the remaining holes for any impressive 2 under par 69. Riz Charania played an inspired -3 in his first nine, having teed off on the par 5 hole ten to post a birdie, levelled the par 3 hole 11 and bogeyed hole 12 before posting back to back birdies on hole 14 and 15 after a par on hole 13. He followed it up with back-to-back pars on hole 16 and 17 and birdied hole 18.
On his back nine, the Windsor golfer played four straight pars before dropping a shot in the par 3 hole five and leveled hole six. Two bogeys in holes seven and eight spoiled his chances of finishing with an under par score as he leveled hole nine to finish at par 71.
Another Kenyan, Stefan Andersen who was handed a wild card for his performance in the South Africa Open (Sunshine Tour) moved closer to making the cut again since 2012 after finishing with a 1 under par 70. Kenya’s most celebrated golfer Dismas Indiza had a day to forget at the 50th edition of the Open after posting a dismal five over par 76, making his chances of making the cut today complicated.
Teeing off from the first nine, the Mumias-based golfer miscalculated his first tee when he aimed for the lower fairway of the tee but landed in the woods but luckily not out of bounds and ended up bogeying the par 4 hole one.
He picked himself up on the par 3 hole two, avoiding the dangerous Kiambu river water hazard to safely land on the green and posted two carefully played puts to level the par.