• Dane leads Kenya Open Golf

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  • Defending Kenya Open champion South African Michel Bothma.(Photo:Courtesy)Defending Kenya Open champion South African Michel Bothma.(Photo:Courtesy)
Mar 29, 2012-

Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen is the front runner of this year’s Barclays Kenya Open, with 64 (7-under) reminiscent of the last Dane to hold this position back in 1996 – Thomas Bjorn.

Bjorn went on to win Rookie of the Year of the Challenge Tour, but was third in the Kenya Open. Madsen is followed by South African, Tyrone Mordt on 66, tied with Englishman Seve Benson.

Kenya’s Dismas Indiza is tied fourth with 67. All these players had morning starts and the hot sun and dry conditions in the afternoon made scoring difficult for those that played later in the day.

Overall, the Kenyan scores were the best for the first round for many years. Brian Njoroge is 8thT with 68, 3-under and late entrant James Lorum followed him with 69. Ganeev Giddie is T27th on 70, and so is Kopan Timbe of Nyali.

Anil Shah made a solid start on level, tied with John Kagiri. Former Kenya Open runner-up Jacob Okello is tied on +2 ( 73) with David Odhiambo and Ali Kimani. With the projected cut at +1 after the first round averages, the rest of the Kenyans have work to do Friday.

Stefan Engell Andersen is +3, with unlucky bounces costing him dearly and is joined with the defending champion, Michiel Bothma.

The other Kenyan on the same score is David Odhiambo. The best placed amateur is Mathew Omondi also on 74.

Kenya’s hopeful, Nicholas Rokoine – who won the Jamii PGK Masters a week earlier is +4 but is capable of recovering and booking his slot for the weekend.

Greg Snow however, has a much more difficult challenge. He signed for +6 and must play at least 4-under, which he is capable of doing on the Muthaiga course.

And as predicted – the winner of this year’s Barclays Kenya Open will be a surprise – to us all!

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