A big chunk of Kenya professionals found the going tough as the Barclays Kenya Open teed off at the par 71 Karen Country Club.
The Kenyan campaign suffered a major blow when Muthaiga professional Nicholas Rokoine was disqualified for contravening tournament rules.
According to organisers, Rokoine was kicked out after signing for a wrong score. Organisers said he did not confirm the scores on his score card before signing.
The golfer could not be reached for comment at press time.What this means is that he will have to cool his heels till next year despite the hard slog he has done in training for this year's edition.
Rokoine qualified for the Kenya Open by virtue of winning the Professional Golfers of Kenya Order of Merit last year. He was among the Kenyans touted to do the country proud but this came a cropper following the mistake he made yesterday.
Meanwhile, Greg Snow on a score of 3 under par 69 was the top placed Kenyan pro. The US based Snow played 33 in the first nine and managed 35 in the back nine.
Another Kenyan Ngugi Njuguna of Railway Golf Club was clinging on 3 under with three holes to spare.Mumias professional Dismas Indiza went to bed with a score of 2 under par 69 at the conclusion of Day One.
Two Kenyans David Odhiambo from Nyanza Club and Nelson Mudanyi from Muthaiga played level par increasing their chances of making the cut today.
Depending on what the cut will be today, Kenyans will have to pull their socks if they harbour hopes of making it to the money bracket.The top 60 players according to tournament rules make the cut for the last two rounds.
Ugandans literally saw dust with their top pro Deo Akope hitting 3 over and Herman Mutwa settling his day score at 7 over par 78.Nelson Mudanyi kept his fingers crossed going into day two saying he will approach the proceeding cautiously.
"The conditions were a bit difficult today (yesterday) but not too bad for me. The greens were firm and fast. So I hope to approach play with a sober mind and play for par just as I did yesterday," said Mudanyi.
Indiza hit 35 in the first nine and followed this up with 34 in the second nine. Odhiambo scored 33 in the first nine and 38 in the back nine.
Mudanyi managed 34 in the front nine but dipped quite a bit the second nine with a score of 37.Indiza parred in the first six holes, sunk in a bird on the seventh but dropped a shot in hole 7. He parred again on hole 8 before collecting a birdie in hole 9.