Only two Tanzanian professional golfers out of seven who joined the KCB Golf Tour fray currently going on at the Arusha Gymkha Club course scrapped through the cut in the 23 line-up at the end of the second round yesterday.
The duo includes Orlando-based Fadhil Nkya and host club’s resident professional Olais Mollel.
The heavily-built Nkya shot level par 72 for a cumulative one under par 143 while the long hitting Mollel fired two under par 70 for three over 147 after a disappointing 77 in the opening round played on Wednesday.
Tanzania based Zimbabwean Farayi Chitengwa also qualified into the final two rounds with two over par totals 146 after a consistent 73 in each round.
Defending champion Deo Akope of Uganda shot two under par 70 for a 142 to seal off his place in the final as well.
Visiting 19 Kenyans out of a strong squad of 30 made the cut to claim a share of one million Kenyan shillings’ prize fund set for the four day 72-hole event.
Muthaiga Golf Club’s Greg Snow fired his back to back 67 for a two rounds total of 10 under par to pull away from the rest of field as the one million shillings KCB Bank Tanzania Open reached its half way stage at the tough playing Arusha Gymkhana Club’s par 72 course yesterday.
Snow, who won the second leg at Muthaiga in early March, played a flawless four under par 32 outward which included birdies at the second, third, seventh and eighth holes.
He dropped two shots at the back nine (13th and 16th,) but against birdies at the 11th, 15th and 18th, for inward 35 for a cumulative total of 134, opening a four shots lead from overnight leader Simon Ngige.
Ngige picked up a triple bogey seven at the par four-first hole, bogeyed the seventh, 10th, and 18th but in the process he also birdied the second, sixth, and eighth at the front nine.
However, he birdied the 13th and eagled the par five-15th to even the course for a cumulative total of six under 138.
Nakuru’s Richard Ainley shot the day’s best round, a deep scorching six under par 66 for 139 totals to tie in third place with Mumias Sugar’s hard hitting professional, Dismas Indiza.
Indiza shot two under par 70 to o close the day with five under par totals 139.
“I drove to the right rough at the first hole which has been a problem for me any time I have played here. But there are still two more rounds to be played, I will see how it goes tomorrow,’’ said Simon Ngige, who won the first leg at his home course in Thika and the third leg at Kisumu’s Nyanza Golf Club.
Sigona’s Ganeev Giddie, who had tied with Snow in second place on 67 during the opener, shot three over par 75 in yesterday’s second round to plunge to 142.
Rwanda’s Jean Baptise Hakizimana returned a consistent two under par 70 in each round to have a place in the final as country mate Emmanuel Ruterana flies back home empty handed.
A total of 23 professionals and one amateur Collins Omondi survived the second round three over par cut and will now vie for the top prize of Kenyan 192,000/- plus 20 points in the KCB’s series’ Order of Merit.