TANZANIA’s top seeded amateur golfer, Victor Joseph overcomes the opening round’s hiccup to clinch the runner up title in this year’s Kenya Open Amateur Golf Championship at Nyali course in Nairobi over the weekend.
Top amateur level golfers from East Africa took part in the tournament that served among the multi-sports event helping to consolidate the East African Community (EAC).
Joseph could easily win the overall title hadn’t been for a poor start in the opening 18 holes that saw him finish with nine over par 80 strokes. But the player steadies his hand in the second 18 holes with 72 strokes before stunning his opponents with brilliant 4 under par 67 strokes in the final 18 holes.
It was a dazzling performance for Joseph and his feat in the Championship justifies his steady run towards the regional level status.
He might be not lack to be at golf school like other amateurs, like Kenya Open winner, Daniel Nduva, but the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC)-based golfer, is heading to the right direction after clinching the second position at the Nyali Golf and Country Club in Mombasa, Kenya over the weekend.
His stunning performance comes a few days after representing the country in All Africa Golf Championship in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
He and his fellow national team player, Isaac Wanyeche were the only Tanzanians in the East African event. According to the report from Kenya, Joseph could have done better than a second place, but he had returned a better score in the first round.
Tanzanian ace, Joseph corrected his mistake in second round by hit one-over par 72 to return to the pressure group.
But it was his marvelous 4-Under par 67 in the third round justified his status as an accomplished golfer as well as serious contender for the tournament silverware.
Joseph ended his tournament onslaught with aggregate 291 strokes that placed him at a second position ahead of the third-placed Kenyan, Dennis Saikwa 301 (81,72,7375).
He was beaten by four shots by South Africa-based Daniel Nduva, who is a member of Nyali Golf and Country Club, who was emerged the new Kenyan Open Amateur champion.
The off scratch Nduva, a student at South Africa’s School of Golf Excellence, started with 77 gross in the first, 74 second round, but his wonderful 5-Under par 66 in the third and one- under par 70 in the closing round helped him stamp three over par 287 to beat Joseph by four shots.
Wanyeche who started the tournament stronger than Joseph could not maintain his fine form, though he finished in top 20 list out of 84 golfers who lined up for a golf title race.
He carded 74 gross in the first round six shots better than Joseph, but never recover after that, hitting 79 strokes in the second and 85 third round, which was the worst of all performances.