Windsor youngster Nelson Mudanyi and Dismas Indiza of Mumias both shared a one-shot Round 1 lead as the three-day PGK Pro-Am teed-off at the nine hole Railways Golf Club yesterday.
Both pros shot 1 under par 69 to stay ahead of 36 professionals who have enlisted for the event. Nakuru based Richard Ainley played level par and candidly admitted the tussle for the Sh400,000 top prize is still too close to call.
Amateurs also gave a good account of themselves in yesterday's play with three of them occupying the top 10 slots. Two Vet Lab amateurs Mathew Omondi and Nelson Simwa played one over yesterday to wrap up Day One play jointly fourth along with Rizwan Charania.
The 2011 Golfer of theYear (Goty) winner J. W. Karanja proved he's got some nerve when he shot two over to settle for joint seventh with Golf Park's resident pro Jacob Okello. Round 2 continues today.
The event is part of the preparation process for top Kenyan pros and amateurs ahead of the 2013 Barclays Kenya Open.
The event is also set to offer cash incentives to the pros who are playing for a total of Sh2 million with the winner getting Sh400, 000.
According to PGK sources, there is an appearance fee of Sh10, 000 per pro. In addition to prize money, senior pros will be given a prize for winning their category.
A total of 36 pros have entered the tournament sponsored by friends of Kenya Railways Golf Club and Salmer Fitness Centre.