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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Nkya edged out of Kenya Open

2nd April 2011


Tanzanian professional Fadhil Nkya has crashed out of this year’s edition of Barclays Kenya Open after posting disastrous seven over par totals 149 in the first two rounds at the par-71 Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi yesterday.

The towering golfer with power-packed shots returned two over par 73 at the end of the opening round played on Thursday but the odds were against his favour during the crucial second round yesterday.

He plunged to five over par 76 to stay six shots of the projected cut early in the afternoon.

The shocking performance has left him with only one option to board an early flight back home.

Nkya teed off the tournament on the tenth during the opening round and the only blemish for the back nine was at the par four 12th where he conceded his first bogey of the day to reach the turn at one over.

He resumed the front nine with promising display to sink two back-to-back birdies at the par four third and par five fourth to go level having conceded a bogey at the opening par five first.

Par three fifth would linger long in Nkya’s opening feat as he conceded a double bogey to shoot to two over. He had no problem with the subsequent par four sixth but par five seventh dealt him a huge blow to go three over after conceding a bogey.

However, he was relieved with a birdie at the par four eight to improve his score to two over and a par at the ninth did not change his score card for 73 shots.

He teed off the second round at the first tee early in the morning session to concede two consecutive bogies before salvaging a birdie at the par fur third to go three over.

Nkya reached the turn at seven over 43 for total nine over par aggregate shots.

He resumed the back nine explosively to return a flawless score polished by birdies at the par five tenth and par four 17th to squeeze a two under 33 back nine but his over all score ruled him out of the cut and the tournament as well.

This is Nkya’s second attempt in the European Challenge Tour event, the first being in 2008 when he also failed to make a breakthrough.

The Tanzanian golfer also flopped at the Zimbabwe Open, a Sunshine Tour tourney played in Harare last February, citing brutal weather as the cause for his downfall.

Nkya, who hit headlines in Orlando to claim the most valuable player of last year, has found the going tough in African soil where he was born and groomed to the game.

By the time we went to press South African Bothma Michel was leading the pack of 156 golfers with a sizzling nine under par 133 (66,67) to open a narrow one shot lead over Thomas Feyrsinger and Andre Bossert.

Other East African golfers who made an impact win the cut included Kenyan Greg Snow (69, 68), Nicholas Rokoine (67,70), P. Njagi and Richard Ainley with level par scores.

Amateurs Boniface Simwa and Collins Omondi had one over par scores with comfortable space in the third round progression.

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