Kenya: Madoya Opens Six-Point Lead in Safari Tour

Round one leader Justus Madoya increased his lead by six shots, despite having dropped a shot in the second round of the Great Rift Valley Golf Resort leg of the 2020/2021 Safari Tour Golf series.

During Thursday’s round, Madoya, who has been enjoying a great home support, shot one over par 72 for a two rounds total of three under par 139. He leads Thika Sports Club’s Simon Ngige, Uganda’s Abbey Bagalana and amateur Adel Balala from Nyali Golf and Country Club Mombasa.

“I did not start the day well as I dropped three shots in a row from the third at the end of the first nine, but I managed two birdies in that nine and I knew I still had a chance of recovering at the back nine,” said Madoya, who eventually birdied the 12th, 14th and the last hole with three bogeys in between for the day’s 72.

He said his plan in the remaining two days is to pick up three under par in each round to win the event.

“I know players like Snow, Bagalana and Ngige will be playing well, but I am all set for that as I know my game and I know this course very well,” Madoya said.

Of the three who tied for the second place on 145, Ngige had the best round of two under par 69, a round that included four birdies at the opening nine and one at the back. He closed the day with two back-to=back bogeys, which actually denied him a lower score for the day.

Ugandan Bagalana, who is seeking his first Safari Tour title, shot three over par 74, having levelled the course during the opening round.

“This tour has really improved my game and I am looking forward to play better in the remaining events and hopefully win one of them,” said Bagalana, who finished 25th in the Uganda Open.