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Safari Tour: Junior golfer Malik beats pros at Sigona to win first leg

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Malik poses with the Sigona leg of the Safari Tour accolade on Wednesday. Safari Tour Photo

Junior amateur golfer Taimur Malik of Muthaiga Golf Club, Kenya is the winner of the opening leg of the Safari Tour Season 4 (2021/22) after stunning an elite field of professionals (who made the money cut) on Wednesday at Sigona Golf Club in Nairobi, Kenya.

Malik, 17, albeit being the only amateur player to make the second round cut shot an impressive seven under par 65, a course record to set up a playoff with Mohit Mediratta who was playing on home course and Vet Lab Sports Club’s Edwin Mudanyi after the trio all had four under par total of 284 after four rounds of play.

In the playoffs, the trio all parred in the first hole albeit Mudanyi coming closest. In the second hole, Malik got the job done to come atop.

Malik putts on Wednesday at Sigona Golf Club’s par-72 course. Safari Tour Photo

Malik was awarded with a trophy whilst the two pros each got Sh255, 172 (Kenya Shillings). Railway’s Samuel Njoroge who shot one under par 71 for three under par 285, earned Sh169, 379. The Sigona pro kitty was  Sh230, 000

Malik hoists the Safari Tour accolade on Wednesday. Safari Tour Photo

However, Ugandan pair of Abbey Bagalana and Deo Akope who made the money cut finished eighteenth and T-19 off 11 over par 299 and 12 over par 300 respectively.

The second leg of the Safari Tour will be held between 3rd to 6th October at Vet Lab Sports Club, Kenya.

The final leaderboard;
Taimur Malik (A) (KE) 73, 73, 73, 65= 284

Edwin Mudanyi (KE)76, 72, 64, 72= 284

Mohit Mediratta (KE)70, 67, 71, 76= 284

Samuel Njoroge (KE) 71, 76, 67, 71= 285

Visitor Mpwanya(Zim) 74, 71, 72, 69= 286

Robson Chinhoi (Zim) 74, 72, 70, 70= 286

Erick Ooko (KE) 74, 71, 74, 70= 289

Simon Ngige (KE) 70, 73, 74, 73=290

Dismas Indiza (KE) 72, 72, 73, 73= 290.

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