Wakhu wins at Great Rift despite poor final round

Wakhu wins at Great Rift despite poor final round

The Golf Park based Wakhu held a four shot lead heading into the final round but shot six bogeys amidst a disastrous back nine that saw him card a score of 76 to finish top of the bunch on a one over par 285.

David Wakhu celebrates his victory in Naivasha

David Wakhu overcame a poor final round to emerge victorious at the third round of the 2021/22 Safari Tour at the Great Rift Country Club in Naivasha on Wednesday 13 October 2021. The Safari Tour is the qualifying tournament for the 2022 Kenya Open golf tournament.

The Golf Park based Wakhu held a four shot lead heading into the final round but shot six bogeys amidst a disastrous back nine that saw him card a score of 76 to finish top of the bunch on a one over par 285.

“I am disappointed. My target was to shoot another under par round today for a decent finish. Everything was on course in the first nine but the flow was messed up on the back nine. We had to wait on every hole for the green to clear and that really messed my focus,’’ said Wakhu who took home Kshs 276,667 the lowest payout to the winner this season.

A late rally by Dismas Indiza failed to light up the contest as the veteran’s final round of level par only managed to lift him 10 places up the leaderboard to eighth after yesterday’s calamitous outing. The day’s other bright spark was youthful Mathew Wahome who shot one over par 72 to finish in fourth position with a gross of six over par 290.

Nine players shared the exceptional performance bonus payout for carding under-par rounds with the lion’s share of the kitty going to Wakhu who recorded three under par rounds.

Action shifts to the coast for back-to-back fourth and fifth leg rounds at Leisure Lodge and Nyali Golf Club.

LEADERBOARD DAY 4

D. Wakhu      +1

S. Njoroge     +4

G. Snow         +5

M. Wahome   +6

G. Giddie       +7

T. Mpofu       +7

D. Indiza       +8

P. Chidale      +8

A. Nsabimana   +9

A. Odoh       +9

S. Wemba     +9

S. Ngige       +9

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