Tanzania`s flag bearer in this year’s edition of Barclays Kenya Open, Fadhyl Nkya needs to work beyond the call of duty if he has to make the cut at the end of today’s crucial second round at the Mugthaiga Golf club in Nairobi.
Nkya carded a four over par 75 to keep himself on a tight corner to sail through the third round tomorrow while banking heavily on today’s performance.
The Tanzanian golfer was partnered by Kenya’s John Kiondo and England’s Gary Lockerbie who dominated most of the tee box honours.
Nkya conceded a boogie at the very first par four hole before maintaining an avalanche of four back to back pars.
He conceded a bogie at the par four sixth before picking up a birdie at the subsequent hole. Pars fours eighth and nine proved tough for him as he conceded two back to back bogies to reach the turn at four over 40.
He resumed the back nine explosively sinking his first birdie of the day at the oar five tenth. With a good power packed cracking tee shot he reached the green in perfect regulation to sink the all important birdie after more than 90 minutes on the course.
He maintained to hit three more pars up to the par fours 14 and 15 where he conceded two deadly bogies that spoiled his otherwise good initiative.
His second birdie of the day came at the par three 16th where he teed off with high precision to recover to his modest four over par score.
He managed to par the remaining two holes for inward level par score.
Danish Orum Madsen is the overnight leader with seven under par 64 to open a two stroke lead over joint second placed South African Tyrone Mordt and English golfer Seve Benson.
A tie for fourth includes Kenyan Dismas Indiza who returned a remarkable opening round score of four under par 67 together with three other golfers namely Jamie Mcleary, Jurrian van De Vaart and Matt Ford.
Second best Kenyan golfer is Brian Njoroge whose three under par keeps him in perfect control ahead of the second round today. Others are James Lorum with two under par, Giddie Ganiev one under, Kopan Timbe one under and Anil Shah and John Kagiri who are on level par.
The 72 holes European Challenge Tour event winds up on Sunday but a third of the total participants will be through to the third and fourth rounds starting tomorrow.
A cut will be administered at the end of today’s round and those with worst scored will be bundled out of the tussle for Euros 190,000 prize fund package courtesy of Barclays Bank Kenya Limited.