Muthaiga Golf Club’s newest sensation Greg Snow shrugged off pressure from highly charging Dismas Indiza to win the KCB Tour Rwanda leg at the par 72-Nyarutarama course in Kigali last Saturday.
Snow made a bogey at the home green after a poor second shot, but still walked away with the title and money to relieve his Arusha nightmares of missing the cake on the final day a fortnight ago.
Fighting a neck-and-neck battle with Dismas Indiza and Ali Kimani, Snow who won the second leg of this year's KCB East Africa Golf Tour at his home course Muthaiga in March, bogeyed the third and sixth holes, then birdied the fourth, seventh and ninth.
Picked up two quick birdies at the 10th and 12th and stayed on course until the 18th where he hit a massive driver to about 170 metres to the green but hit probably his worse shot of the tournament, pitched on for a three but missed a footer for a par to finish on two under par 70, for a total eleven under par 277, to win by six shots from the Mumias Sugar’s Indiza.
Indiza finished off with a birdie at the 18th for one over par 73 and a total of five under par 283.
The final round was not his best after making three birdies at the front nine against two back to back double bogeys.
He double-bogeyed the 11th and dropped one more shot at the 13th, though he recovered some shots at the 10th, and 16th and later at the 18th where he over shot the green on two, chipped back to about a foot, to claim the runners-up prize.
Richard Ainley shot three under par 69 in the final round for a total of four under par 284 to finish third and just a shot away from fourth placed Ali Kimani who, like Indiza, fired one over par 73 in the closing round.
Ainley crowned his round with a birdie at the 18th in addition to four others on the back nine having dropped shots at the first, fourth, seventh and eighth against birdies at the third and ninth.
In fifth place was Brian Njoroge who fired one under 71 for a total of one over par 289.
Host country’s Rwanda's Emmanuel Ruterana tied in sixth place with Hardeep Thethy on 290.
Ruterana shot 75 and Thethy 71 in the final round.
The other local pro Jean Baptiste was on his own in eighth place with 291 after a 73 and Royal Nairobi's Anil Shah and Nicholas Rokoine concluded the top 10 on 292 totals.
The sixth leg of the KCB East Africa Tour will take place at Nakuru Golf Club in two weeks time.
Six Tanzanians who competed in the event were eliminated at the end of the second round, failing to penetrate the cut and fly back home empty handed.
These were Stanley Sanga, Fadhil Nkya, Yasini Saleh, Salum Dilunga, Bryson Nyenza, Mbwana Juma and Dar Gymkhana Club-based Zimbabwean Furayi Chitengwa.