Johnnie-Walker-sponsored Dismas Indiza is the winner of the 2019 Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort Open after beating Sigona Golf Club’s Sujan Shah in a three-hole playoff after72 holes.
The two ended the final round of the tournament tied at 2-under par 286 leading to a playoff at the par-4 16th, the par-5 17th and the par-4 18th.
At the 16th, Indiza held par as Shah recorded a double bogey. And so, it was advantage Indiza, At the 17th, Indiza made birdie, extending his lead, while Shah held his nerve for par.
At the final hole of the playoff, Indiza holed a double bogey, setting up a nervy ending, but was relieved to see Shah record a similar score effectively putting him out of contention.
Earlier in the day, Indiza had recovered from a disappointing third day to post a round of 1-under par 71. He carded 37 on the first nine; having holed two birdies and having dropped three shots. He had a better back nine, holing three birdies and dropping only one shot to card a back nine total of 34.
On his part, Sujan posted a round of 1-over par 73 – having carded a first nine score of 36 courtesy of a single birdie and a lone bogey; and a back nine score of 37 courtesy of a lone bogey at the 11th and having held par on the rest of the holes.
The victory marks Indiza’s second Safari Tour Golf Series win; having picked up his maiden victory at the final leg of last season’s tournament at the Karen Country Club.
For his achievement in Uganda, he took home USD 1,500 (approximately KShs 153,000) and claimed maximum Road to Magical Kenya Open 2020 ranking points (50) to top the ranking with a total of 240.6 points.
This marks the fifth time, this season, that a Safari Tour tournament has been won by a different player; marking a departure from last season where Greg Snow dominated the top spot on the podium.
On his part, Shah recorded his best finish at a Safari Tour tournament; picking up USD 1,000 in prize money (approximately KShs 102,000) and 48 Road to Magical Kenya Open 2020 ranking points to see him rise to 18th place up from 31st in the last round.
Meanwhile, Nyali Golf Club’s Mathew Wahome shot an impressive round of 4-under par 68 – the joint lowest score of the tournament – for a tournament score of 1-under par 287 which was enough to see him clinch third spot.
Mathew, who only made his professional career debut at the start of this season’s Safari Tour series in Nyali in August, carded a total of 34 on the first nine after holing four birdies and dropping only two shots.
On the back nine, he played bogey free; holing two birdies for another 34. For his effort, he took home USD 800 (approximately KShs 81,000) in prize money and collected 45 Road to Magical Kenya Open 2020 ranking points.
Kenyan players displayed a strong performance – comprising of 12 of the 20 players and finishing no worse than 15th. Action in the Safari Tour Golf Series resumes in a fortnight at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort from the 23rd to the 27th of November 2019.
Safari Tour Calendar 2019/20
Event 1 Nyali Golf and Country Club 24th – 28th August 2019 (Winner: Greg Snow)
Event 2 Uganda Open (Lake Victoria Serena) 10th – 14th Sept 2019 (Winner: Madalitso Muthiya)
Event 3 Royal Nairobi Golf Club 12th – 16th October 2019 (Winner: Tony Omuli)
Event 4 Entebbe Open (Entebbe Golf Club) 30th Oct – 2nd Nov 2019 (Winner: Jastas Madoya)
Event 5 Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort Open 6th – 9th Nov 2019 (Winner: Dismas Indiza)
Event 6 Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort 23rd – 27th November 2019
Event 7 Muthaiga Golf Club 14th – 18th December 2019
Event 8 Thika Greens 4th – 8th January 2020
Event 9 Sigona Golf Club 25th – 29th January 2020
Event 10 Kitante Open (Uganda Golf Club) 12th – 15th February 2020
Event 11 Karen Country Club 22nd -26th February 2020
Event 12 Tanzania Open (Kiligolf) TBC
2019 Magical Kenya Open, Karen Country Club, 12th – 15th March 2020.