25/03/2017: A total of 67 golfers made the CUT AT THE 2017 Barclays Kenya Open at the Muthaiga Golf Club. These golfers will now proceed to play in R3 (today) and R4 (Sunday 26th) and compete for a share of the Euros 220,000 (Sh24.42m) prize money. The winner will take home Euros 35,200 (Sh3.91m).
None of the six amateur golfers made the CUT; Nyali’s junior golfer Agil Is-Haq lost his nerve and finished 25 over par after R2; hopefully he will learn from and build on this experience. Kenneth Bollo finished 19 over, John Karichu finished 15 over. That these are Kenya’s elite amateur golfers and the next crop of professional golfers is worrying. Both Geofrey Kubwa and Sujan Shah struggled and finished 6 over and 8 over par respectively.
Alfred Nandwa, the Kenya Stroke Play Champion finished 2-over in R1 and was well on his way to claim the Kenya Open Amateur Silver Salver. However, in R2, he lost his nerve and finished 4-over for a tournament aggregate of 2 over par, missing the cut by three shots. Nandwa showed good promise.
Three Kenyan professionals made the CUT, they include Dismas Indiza, Simon Ngige and Riz Charania.
Richard Ainley was unlucky to miss the CUT, he played his heart out in R2, narrowly missing an eagle on the 18th hole that would have put seen his qualify. His two level par rounds were greatly applauded by the local golf fans.
David Odhiambo finished 1-over par, also narrowly missing the CUT.
Greg Snow, who was hot coming into the Kenya Open couldn’t find his footing and with 9 bogeys to his name over 36 holes and a double bogey on the 14th, he had no chance, finishing 3-over par.
Six of the last 10 places are held by Kenyans and 12 of the last 20 positions are held by Kenyans, once more the Kenyan flag is to be found in abundance at the bottom of the leaderboard.
The 2016 Barclays Kenya Open Champion, Sebestain Soderberg withdrew with a shoulder injury after R1. He will not be defending his trophy.
The 2014 Barclays Kenya Open champion, South African Jake Roos missed the CUT at 2-over par.T
The 2013 champion Spain’s Jordi Garcia Pinto is 6-under par after R2 and in position to attack the leaders.
The 2010 champion Englishman Robert Dinwiddie and the 1999 Kenya Open champion, Netherland’s Maarten Lafeber are playing together through R3. They finished R2 3-under and 4-under respectively. Lafeber is a very experienced golfer who has vast experience on the main European Tour.
The 2009 Champion Englishman Gary Boyd finished R2 at 4-under par.
The LEADERS after R2
Frenchman Adrien Saddier leads the championship at 12-under par; his first round was shaky, two eagles on the par-5 7th and 18th, two birdies on the 1st and 2nd holes, and dropped shots at the 3rd, 8th and 10th holes for 3-under par. In R2, Saddier came out firing, 7 birdies through 15 holes, nearly one birdie every other hole and he closed off the 18th with another eagle – his score of 9-under par is an unconfirmed new Muthaiga Golf Club COURSE RECORD.
Finland’s Kalle Samooja is in second place, 11-under par, he is capable golf shooting a low score today.
Welshman Rhys Davies is at 10-under par, Englishman Aaron Rai is 9-under and two players are 8-under, Matt Wallace, England and Jacques Kruyswuk.