10 August 2012

Kenya: Indiza Bows Out

Dismas Indiza made a surprise exit as 28 professionals made the cut for the KCB Advantage Banking Grand Finale golf tournament. But Muthaiga's Nicholas Rokoine was in imperious form and sounded quite enthusiastic when the coast tour entered its halfway stage at the par 71 Nyali Golf and Country Club. Yesterday's play saw 25 pros failing to make the cut which stood at +13 (155). Indiza left the course crestfallen and was left to rue what had transpired over the last two days.

For the first time ever, Indiza, who played 15 over after two days of intense action, failed to make the cut when he posted six over yesterday and 9 over on Wednesday. "Its really painful. I have never missed a cut since I joined professional ranks," said Indiza. Rokoine was all smiles as he focused on the remaining two rounds. Similar to Day One play, Rokoine fired 3 under par 68 to end his day two onslaught on 6 under. So far, Rokoine is the only man to have played under since the event started on Wednesday.

Yesterday, Rokoine dropped two shots on holes 3 and 12 but sunk five birdies on holes 1, 4, 5, 11 and 17 to cling onto the tournament lead. Three players, Bryan Njoroge, David Wakhu and E. Ruterana of Rwanda finished joint second on 2 over par 144. Three other pros J. Kagiri, Riz Charannia and Jacob Okello shot 3 over par 145 to finish Day Two action joint third. "I played one over today (yesterday). I wasn't hitting the ball well, so I will take the score and I have no complains. The course played longer today (yesterday) because of the rains but the scoring conditions were definitely better than yesterday (Wednesday)," Riz commented.

The event in Nyali has been a true test of golf given the windy conditions experienced by the regional professionals. "Today the course was really tough because heavy winds blew through in the afternoon session," said Stuart Cohen after he made the cut on 10 over par 152.

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