Unheralded home player John Limb stormed to the summit of the leaderboard on an eventful day that saw multiple Safari Tour winner Robson Chinhoi exit prematurely from the competition after failing to make the cut at the close of the second day of action at Karen Country Club.
Limb continued to exploit home ground advantage to the fullest after today’s steady round of three under 69 saw him move two places up for a tie with Visitor Mapwanya on five under 139. Limb, who has been blowing hot and cold on Safari Tour, continued with yesterday’s fine run as he rolled in four birdies- two on each side- and only dropped one shot today.
Jointly with Zimbabwe’s Mapwanya, they head into tomorrow’s round with a one stroke advantage over Samuel Njoroge. Mapwanya produced the day’s best round- four under par 68 to move five places up the leaderboard.
Round one leader Daniel Nduva dropped to T4 on 142 after carding two over 74 today in a round that was blighted by four bogeys and one double bogey. He’s in the good company of Mike Kisia, Jastas Madoya, Ronald Rugumayo and Celestine Nsanzuwera.
The most surprising news for the day was the exit of Chinhoi after the Zimbabwean uncharacteristically missed the cut by one stroke. The Safari Tour serial winner will rue yesterday’s poor start that saw him post three over 75 as today’s spirited effort of one over 73 was not enough to book him a place in the money bracket. Other big names that shockingly joined Chinhoi in the spectators’ lounge include Eric Ooko, Edwin Mudanyi, Mutahi Kibugu, Mohit Mediratta and Nyasha Muyambo.
A total of 21 players made it to the money rounds as the cutline stood at three over 147.