Zimbabwean Mapwanya now in one shot lead at Karen

Zimbabwean Mapwanya now takes one shot lead at Safari Golf Tour, Karen leg

Zimbabwean professional Visitor Mapwanya finally pulled away from the rest of the field after posting two under par 70 at the par 72 Karen Country Club course, going into Wednesday’s final round of the 2021/2022 Safari Tour series.

He picked eight pars at the front nine where he however dropped a shot at the 433-yard long par four-fourth after a bad approach shot. He then birdied the 10th, 12th, and 14th hole, for a 14 under par 202, to take a one-shot lead from his countryman Robson Chinhoi.

“I do still think I have a good chance to win my first Safari Tour title despite having missed several birdie opportunities in the third round. All the same, it was nice playing with Simon Ngige who I have played with before, and of course, Robson Chinhoi who is a very good player’’ said Mapwanya who will once again lead the team of Chinhoi and Ngige in the final round.

On the other hand, Chinhoi who made five birdies at the back nine including a two-footer at the 18th said he had moved closer to the title. “I would not mind though if Mapwanya or Ngige wins because they are very playful, but I will still give it my best’’ said Chinhoi after his birdie on the 18th. He birdied one hole at the outward nine’s fourth hole, then collected birdies at the 11th and 12th 15th and 16th, and of course at the home green, for the day’s five-under-par 67 and a total of 13 under par 203.

It was not a good day for Ngige who said that his driving was not as perfect as he had planned. “I dropped three shots at the front nine because of my tee shots particularly at the third where I pushed to the left, got out well then hit it to the bunker having made a birdie at the second, then came the two bogeys at the seventh and eighth’’ said Ngige.

He however said he will still go for the title in Wednesday’s final round. “It is not over yet, as I believe I am capable of pushing myself to the top if I am able to take off well from the tee tomorrow’’ said Ngige who bogeyed the 15th but made a bogey at the 18th for one over 73 and an aggregate of 11 under par 203 which was just a shot better than Dismas Indiza who shot four-under-par 68 to move to fourth place on 10 under par 206.

At least 12 players were on under-par scores at the close of round three, an indication of a tough encounter during the final day. The winner depending on the scores, at least the winner is assured of Sh250,000. There will be added bonus money if the winner scores all under-par scores in each round.

The leader board;

Visitor Mapwanya (Zim) 68, 64, 70= 202

Robson Chinhoi Zim) 69, 67, 67= 203

Simon Ngige 66, 66.73= 205

Dismas Indiza 70, 68, 68= 206

Sydney Wemba 68, 70, 70= 208

Mohit Mediratta 67, 75, 68= 210

Nyasha Muyambo (Zim) 72, 69, 69= 210

Daniel Nduva 71, 68, 71= 210

Sunday Olapade (Nig) 71, 67, 73= 211.

MG Team

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