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Daily Nation : February 26th 2014
DAILY NATION Wednesday February 26, 2014 GOLF | Indiza, Timbe keep the leaders in sight as pros battle it out for honours at Karen course Three share PGK Masters lead Thika’s Ngige stays with Snow, Rokoine at the top of table BY LARRY NGALA @LarryNgala firstname.lastname@example.org with two others as the 2014 Jamii Telecom PGK Masters got under way at the par 72 Karen Country Club course. Ngige, who only used his driver T at the second hole, birdied the par five-second hole, eagled the third also a par five, then parred the rest up to the 18th where he birdied for four under par 68 to share the lead with Muthaiga’s Nicholas Rokoine and Royal Nairobi’s Greg Snow. “The course is good, clean with very little rough though the greens are still abit slow,” Ngige said. “The secret however is keeping the ball in play and managing your game,’’ he added. Just like Ngige, Rokoine shot a bogey-free 68 that included four birdies all at the front nine where he birdied the first, second, seventh and eighth and parred the rest. “My game is getting back slowly and hopefully I will be ready for the Open by the time we are through with the Masters,” said Rokoine. Snow also birdied four holes at the outward nine and two at the back nine where he also bogeyed the 17th after blocking to the right having earlier on failed to make it on two at the par four-fourth hole. “I am not really worried about my hika Sports Club’s Simon Ngige yesterday shot a clean four under par to tie game neither am I aiming to make the cut, but win,” said Snow, who was one of the five Kenyans who made the cut in the Open. Ssecond round cut “For one to win the event, you must aim a bit higher than just making the second round cut,” Snow said. “We have been limiting ourselves just to make the cut, a mentality we must get rid of if we want to do well in the open.” Dismas Indiza of Mumia and Nyali Golf and Country Club’s Kopan Timbe finished the first round of the Sh1 million event just a shot behind the three leaders Timbe birdied the third and ninth at the front nine and 12th, 15th and 17th at the back nine where he also dropped two shots at the 13th and par three-16th. Indiza, who noted that his newly acquired Taylor Made driver was behaving well, said he was aiming for more than just three under. “I know they are still working on the keep them in the right shape for the Open next week therefore we have to play them as they are’’ said Indiza who missed the cut during last year’s Open. Six others tied on two under par 70, including Rwanda’s Jean Baptiste, South Africa-based Kenyan Stefan Andersen, David Wakhu of Royal, Jacob Okello and Richard Ainley and France based Masssimo Vinacia. Anil Shah tied on 71 with Njuguna Ngugi and Boniface Simwa while shooting level par 72 were Frank Matilo, Nelson Mudanyi, and amateurs Robinson Owiti and Kenya Amateur Matchplay champion Nelson Simwa. Sport 65 BRIEFLY RUGBY England all out to exorcise Welsh ghosts England’s thrilling 13-10 win over Ireland has created a four-way tie at the top of the Six Nations table and left them contemplating revenge when two-time defending champions Wales come to Twickenham. But perhaps even more im- portantly, in their own eyes and those of some of their critics, it has established Stuart Lancaster’s side as serious contenders for next year’s World Cup in England. Clive Woodward, England’s 2003 World Cup-winning coach, has often been critical of Lancaster’s approach. But the former England centre was unstinting in his praise after a youthful side, with the likes of Mike Brown and Joe Launchbury, came from 10-3 down to defeat a seasoned Irish team. TENNIS Del Potro threatened by wrist injury again Juan Martin Del Potro, the former US Open champion who became the ATP Tour’s comeback player of the year after recovering from a career-threatening wrist injury, has been struck down by a similar injury again. The courageous and usually hard-hitting Argentine lasted little more than an hour and only one set in the Dubai Open, before requiring lengthy treatment after which he called it quits. The beneficiary was Somdev LEADERBOARD Simon Ngige Greg Snow Nicholas Rokoine Dismas Indiza Kopan Timbe David Wakhu Jacob Okello Richard Ainley Massimo Vinaccia Stefan Andersen 68 68 68 69 69 70 70 70 70 70 CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION Simon Ngige follows his tee shot from the 10th tee during PGK Master at the Karen Golf and Country Club yesterday. Left: Jamii Telkom GM John Kamau (left), Jamii Telkom Chairman Joshua Chepkwony (centre) and PGK captain Kopan Timbe during the presentation of a Sh1m sponsorship cheque at Karen Country Club yesterday. Hemingways doles out Sh2.3m for Barclays Kenya Open golf BY LARRY NGALA email@example.com This year’s Barclays Kenya Open received another major boost when Hemingways Collection pumped in Sh2.3 m in sponsorship yesterday. Last week, Coca Cola company gave the event another Sh8.6million while Braclays Bank are title sponsors. The European Challenge Tour- sanctioned event which marks its 46th year is scheduled for Karen Country Club on Thursday next week and will bring together 156 players with the European Challenge Tour sending 100 players. The winner of this year’s tourna- ment will pocket 200,000 (Sh23.6 million) euros up from Sh190,000 euros received over the past two year. “We are proud to be associated with the Kenya Open Golf Championship and our support is intended to assist organisers to continue developing this outstanding tournament so it can become the best in the European Challenge Tour circuit,” Hemingways Collection chief executive officer Alastair Addison said while handing the donation to Kenya Open Golf Limited boss Peter Kanyago. The sponsorship will cater for the accommodation of all officials including two referees, tournament administrator, Director of the Challenge Tour, an agronomist and two press officers among others. “This tournament is one of the greatest we have in African and we recognise the role officials play in making it a success,” said Addison. Kanyago said they were ready for the event. Devvarman, whose entry as a wild card made him hugely popular here with the ex-patriot crowd which yelled him through the saving of three set points to snatch the only set 7-6 (7-3). ATHLETICS Karoki, Wacera win Puerto Rico races Bedan Karoki and Mary Wac- era made a brilliant debut on the Teodoro Moscoso bridge and prevailed over a large African team to become the 2014 champions at the World’s Best 10K, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. For world and Olympic 10,000m finalist Karoki and 2006 world junior bronze medallist Wacera, it was their most important road win of their international career. Karoki made his move with two kilometres to go, gaining a 50-meter lead that increased by the time he crossed the finish line in 28:35. Wacera struck and her coun- trywomen Gladys Cherono, Linet Masai and defending champion Joyce Chepkirui could not respond. She won in 32:06.
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