Chinhoi stars in final round to win Sigona Safari Tour

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Robson Chinhoi from Royal Harare Golf Club, Zimbabwe poses with the trophy after winning the fourth leg of the Safari Tour at Sigona Golf Club in Nairobi on January 18, 2023. CREDIT: Chris Omollo | Nation Media Group

Nairobi – Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi made a strong comeback in the final round of the 2022/23 Safari Tour fourth leg at the par 72 Sigona Golf Club, with an encouraging three under par 69, to clinch the top cash prize with an all rounds total of five under par 283 on Wednesday.

Starting the day four shots behind top Kenyan junior amateur Njoroge Kibugu, Chinhoi’s putter seemed to be better than the third round as he made three birdies at the front nine with only three bogeys coming at the second and seventh hole.

He then birdied the 10th, 13th and 15th and parred the rest, to clinch the top cash prize of Sh300,000 (US$2418) plus some points towards the “Road to the Magical Kenya Open 2023’’.

“Today was better as I was able to make some birdies though I dropped couple of of shots. This win enhances my chance of playing in the Magical Kenya Open in March,’’ said Chinhoi who started the season by winning the Uganda Open last October at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort.

He said he would to play in the fifth leg at Karen but he is not sure of playing the last event at Muthaiga Golf Club next month.

He won by four shots from Njoroge Kibugu and Muthaiga professional Greg Snow who tied for second place on one under par 287 each.

A total of 55 players including three amateurs featured in the fourth leg though only 21 players made the second round cut to battle it out for the cash prizes plus the points towards the 2023 Magical Kenya Open to be held at Muthaiga Golf Club from March 9 to 12.

Meanwhile the fifth leg at Karen Country Club is set for February 4 to 8.

Final leaderboard at Sigona
Robson Chinhoi (Zim) 70, 70, 74, 69= 283

Greg Snow 71, 71, 78, 67= 287

Njoroge Kibugu (a) 73, 73, 64, 77= 287

Isaiah Otuke 73, 70, 75, 73= 291

Mohit Mediratta 73, 75, 74, 70= 292

John Wangai 72, 73, 73, 74=292

Samuel Njoroge 78, 71, 72, 72= 293

Erick Ooko 72, 70, 76, 75= 293.

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