The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Indiza Toppled

Nyanza Golf Club's David Odhiambo took a three-shot lead as Jamii Telecom PGK Masters tournament entered the second day at the par 72 Muthaiga Golf Club yesterday.

The going was, however, tough for some of the top players including Nicholas Rokoine who failed to unable to capitalise on home advantage.

The scores were really impressive after Day 2 as only three pros played better than the course.

Odhiambo played a round of four under par 68 yesterday to dislodge Mumias-based Dismas Indiza from the summit. He now leads the tournament on a 5 under par 139 score followed by Brian Njoroge on 2 under and Dismas Indiza on 1 under.

Indiza played 3 under on Day 1 but dipped two places below the leader board with his unimpressive round of 2 over yesterday.

Yesterday's play separated the boys from men as the cut was settled at 150 for two rounds. Only 14 of the 31 entrants made the cut. The PGK winner of the Order of Merit winner( Rokoine) now finds himself in an unfamiliar 12th position.Rokoine shot 3 over on both days to dip to 6 over par 150. He makes the cut though, but only just.

No amateur player was able to make the cut at round 2 play. Among those who fell by the wayside were James Lorum, Charan Thethy, Stuart Cohen, Gavin Gidede and Fred Kamau among others.

Tournament director Elisha Kasuku said Round 3 starts at 8;30am this morning.Meanwhile, Mumias Sugar Company (MSC) has joined the growing list of other corporate companies supporting next week's Barclays Kenya Open golf tournament, with a Sh2 million silver sponsorship.

Presenting the sponsorship cheque to the Kenya Open Golf Limited on Tuesday, MSC chief executive, Peter Kebati, said the gesture demonstrated the company's desire to continue promoting the development of golf in the country.

"This is our sixth year as sponsors of Kenya Open, which underscores the value we continue to gain from the partnership with Kenya Open Golf Limited," said Kebati.

He said the company will also enhance it's sponsorship for top local professional, Dismas Indiza, to enable him perform well in this year's tournament.

In return, Kenya Open Golf Limited will give Mumias Sugar visibility through branding, publicity and participation in the Pro-Am tournament as well as other events and ceremonies.

"We want to thank Mumias Sugar Company for partnering with us and we assure them that the package they have selected is well worth their money," said Kathleen Kihanya, the director for publicity and public relations, on behalf of the organisers of the European Challenge Tour event.

Another Kenya Open Golf Limited director, Samson Ndegwa, assured Kebati that this year's tournament will be a resounding success and a great experience for Kenya golf lovers.

As part of the deal, MSC will get three slots in the Kenya Open Golf Pro-Am tournament, gate passes and tickets for its senior staff, guests and suppliers, a hospitality tent, branding space and materials as well as general media publicity.

Mumias Sugar Company has been involved in golf sponsorship over the past decade and last year introduced a golf series for amateurs. The company has announced plans to launch a bigger and better series this year with professionals likely to play in a number of them before the Grand Finale later in the year.

The company also sponsors Dismas Indiza to the tune of Sh2 million a year and will invest significantly in his participation in this year's Kenya Open.

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