During yet another unseasonable day of 30-plus-degree heat, the scores crept up throughout the afternoon with the thermometer as drier and gusty wind moving at an average of 14/klm per hour through the afternoon affected play at the third round of the 2021 Uganda Open at Entebbe.
Defending champion Zimbabwean Robson Chinhoi who is hoping to retain his title after shooting a course record of seven-under 64 in the third round at Entebbe Club to lead the 16th Tusker Malt Uganda Professionals Open by a shot at halfway stage. However he shot a 2-over par 73 in the third round leaving him 3rd position heading into the final round.
Kenyan professional golfer Jastas Madoya took the advantage as he had his third consecutive round in the 60 ‘s to get to 14 under, upturning overnight leader Robson Chinnoi at the close of day3.
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A score that put him five stroke ahead of his Kenyan counterpart Disma Ndiza, who had matched him for the days best round score of 66.
Madoya who had lead the field on day1 of the tournament after a solid 6-under 65, lost the weel on day2 after returning yet another 3-under 68, as Zimbabwes Robson Chinnoi overtook him.
But and excellent grind which he was able to convert into birdies during the third round to secure a 5-under 66 now puts him back at top the leaderboard.
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Meanwhile Nigerian professionals in the field namely Francis Epe, Sunday Olapade & Andrew Odoh closed the third round with scores of 74,75 & 74 respectively to sit Joint-14th, Joint-19th and Joint-23 on the leaderboard heading into the final round.
“I think on a course like this you’re going to have stretches where you’re going to play good golf and hit good shots and maybe just not hole the putts,” said Olapade Sunday who spoke with 9jagolf.com.ng in a phone chat.