Daniel Nduva claimed his first victory on Safari Tour after outlasting Greg Snow in a grueling three-hole playoff at the Vipingo Ridge. The contest was extended to playoff after Nduva carded three under 69 while Snow shot two under 70 for the pair to tie on two over par 290.
Nduva won the playoff 1-up after birdieing the first hole as the duo went on to play an identical par and bogey on the second and third playoff holes.
“I enjoyed playing here and I knew I had a great chance of winning despite having been assessed a one shot penalty in the third round. I will continue working on my game as we go for the Christmas break in readiness for the remaining four events on the tour,’’ said Nduva who missed the cut in the last Tour event at Limuru.
This was the first win for the South Africa-based player since he turned pro two years ago. Nduva took home Kshs 300,000 while Snow left Vipingo Ridge Kshs 200,000 richer. “I gave it my best shot. I am happy to have stayed on top of the leader board right from opening day to the end’’ said Snow.
Mutahi Kibugu who went into the final round as a joint leader in a threesome alongside Snow and Ugandan Ronald Rugumayo finished third after another round of 73 today for 293 gross. Rugumayo’s hopes for a maiden Tour win became a cropper after he shot six over 78 today to finish in sixth position. Naomi Wafula took the amateur title with four over par 76 today for a total of 19 over par 307 in 13th place.
The Tour takes a break after the three rounds in Uganda, Limuru and Vipingo and will resume in January with four events lined up before the Magical Kenya Open.
DAY 4 LEADERBOARD
D Nduva +2
G Snow +2
M Kibugu +6
D Indiza +7
V Mapwanya +10
R Rugumayo +10
N Muyambo +11
W Deus +12
R Chinhoi +12
S Njoroge +16