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Record breaking time at Karen; despite being seven shots off, Indiza makes push on final day

Frenchman Joe Stalter whose superb 64 broke the course record moved him into a share of second place with Germany’s Sebastian Heisele


FRENCHMAN Joel Stalter broke the Karen Country Club Barclays Kenya Open course record carding seven under par 64 on Friday but the consistent  Swede Sebastian Soderberg was 13 under par going into the final round on Sunday. Soderberg was three strokes ahead of  Stalter.

Another man Englishman Steve Tiley brought home  a the then Karen course equalling score of 65 but will, however, be five strokes behind the overnight leader in the final round.

After a very good start and scores in the opening five holes, Kenya’s best player Dismas Indiza Anyonyi faltered in the end, finishing one under with a total of six under par and  seven shots off the push for the title on Sunday.

Kenyan hopes were raised when the veteran Indiza, 46, began his round with back-to-back eagles and moved into a share of the lead, but he faltered coming in and finished on six under par, seven shots behind Soderberg.

Brian Njoroge’s consistent one under in all three rounds appeared a satisfactory outing this year provided he maintains or betters his play on the final day. Simon Ngige had shot 73 for a level par.

The climax of the play Sunday will undoubtedly be following the last six teams all pushing for the title, including of course the home favourite Indiza who tees off at 11.00am alongside Adrien Saddier of France and Darius van Driel of The Netherlands.

Soderberg’s four under par round of 68 gave the Swede a three shot lead after round three on Friday. The 25 year old started the day one shot behind South Africa’s Jacques Blaauw, but seven birdies put Soderberg on 13 under par going into the final round of the European Challenge Tour’s season-opener.

The Gothenburg native’s previous best finish is a tie for third at last year’s EMC Challenge Open but he showed few nerves as four birdies in five holes around the turn gave him a cushion at the top of the leader board.

“I definitely felt more pressure today but I think I managed it pretty well,” he said. “I might look calm on the outside but there’s definitely pressure — I like it though, you’re looking to put yourself in that position.

“I started off so-so on the front nine but I really got it going around the turn and after that it felt pretty good, and it was great to finish with a birdie as well.

“I was just trying to stick to my game plan, I figured someone was going to shoot a good number and I didn’t really change my approach, just hit some really good putts which gave me some momentum.

“The support and crowds we have here is awesome, it’s a lot of fun to have a lot of people out there and it’s great to see how many came out today, and hopefully even more tomorrow.

“I didn’t know what anyone else was doing until I came down 18, I was just playing my own game, but I’m not going to try to avoid scoreboards tomorrow, I’m just going to keep playing how I’ve played these last two days.”

By far the biggest climb on moving day came from Frenchman Stalter whose superb 64 broke the course record and moved him into a share of second place with Germany’s Sebastian Heisele.

“I played really well,” said the 23 year old. “I was close to every pin, made a few putts and even on the back nine, obviously you can’t make everything, but I missed a few easy opportunities but then I made others – it was just a really good round of golf.

Despite windy conditions  the Frenchman played superbly. He started the day on two under par, but after a bogey-free round featuring six birdies and an eagle, he had moved into a tie for second place on ten under par by the time he finished his third round.

“The last two days were a bit frustrating because I hit a lot of good shots but the putts weren’t dropping, but I stayed patient and knew there would be a day when it would all fall into place, and that was today.

“I had no idea what the course record was, but that’s a great thing to have, especially in a tournament, and it will be fun to be back close to the leaders – hopefully I can do something similar to this again tomorrow.”

French amateur Romain Langasque, the first player to take advantage of new changes to the Challenge Tour regulations allowing amateurs to earn Road to Oman Ranking points, is inside the top five on eight under par.

Round 4 (Sunday)

 Barclays Kenya Open

1st Tee:

1 07:30 – Merrick BREMNER RSA Investec / Els Club @ Copperleaf 70, 74, 77: 221 5

–          Joshua WHITE ENG 72, 72, 77:  221 5

–          Nicolo RAVANO ITA GC Rapallo 74, 70, 77: 221 5

2 07:40 – Alessandro TADINI ITA 72, 71, 76: 219 3

–          Christiaan BASSON RSA King David Mowbray GC 72, 72, 75: 219 3

–          Steven JEPPESEN SWE 68, 76, 75: 219 3

3 07:50 – Carlos DEL MORAL ESP Finca Cortesin 78, 66, 74: 218 2

–          Dominic FOOS GER Els Club Dubai 72, 72, 74: 218 2

–          William HARROLD ENG Sheringham GC 78, 66, 74: 218 2

4 08:00 – Taco REMKES NED 69, 71, 77: 217 1

–          Simon GRIFFITHS ENG 73, 70, 74: 217 1

–          Hugues JOANNES BEL La Tournette 72 ,72, 73: 217 1

5 08:10 – Teemu BAKKER FIN Tour Players Golf Academy 71, 73, 73: 217 1

–          Philipp MEJOW GER Golf- Und Land-Club Berlin-Wannsee 71, 70, 75: 216 0

–          Simon NGIGI KEN Thika Kenya 72, 71, 73: 216 0

6 08:20 – José Manuel LARA ESP Club de Golf del Mediterraneo 73, 70,  73: 216 0

–          Josh LOUGHREY ENG 74, 70, 72: 216 0

–          Victor RIU FRA St Nom la Bretèche 72, 72, 72: 216 0

7 08:30 –  Matthieu PAVON FRA Golf du Médoc 71, 73, 72: 216 0

–          Garrick PORTEOUS ENG Longhirst Hall GC 69, 69,  77: 215 -1

–          Jordan L SMITH ENG Bowood G & CC 74, 67,  74: 215 -1

8 08:40 – Marcel SCHNEIDER GER Green-Golf Bad Saulgau 72,  71,  72: 215 -1

–          Pontus WIDEGREN SWE Stockholms Golfklubb Kevinge 74,  69,  72: 215 -1

–          Mikael LUNDBERG SWE Heritage GC Mauritius 69,  71,  74: 214 -2

9 09:00- Benjamin RUSCH SUI Lipperswill GC 70,  71,  73:  214 -2

–          Nico GEYGER CHI 70,  71,  73:  214 -2

–          Jacob GLENNEMO SWE Halmstad GK 75,  67,  72: 214 -2

10 09:10 – Lorenzo GAGLI ITA GC Ugolino 71,  71,  72:  214 -2

–          Enrico DI NITTO ITA Parco di Roma GC 74,  68,  72:  214 -2

–          Gavin MOYNIHAN IRL The Island GC 72,  71,  71:  214 -2

11 09:20 – Anton KARLSSON SWE Upsala GK 73,  70,  71:  214 -2

–          Ruaidhri MCGEE IRL Rosapenna 76,  68, 70: 214 -2

–          Jaakko MAKITALO FIN Alastaro Golf 73,  67,  73: 213 -3

12 09:30 – Paul HOWARD ENG Southport & Ainsdale 71,  69,  73: 213 -3

–          Jens DANTORP SWE PGA of Sweden National 70, 71,  72: 213 -3

–          Kevin PHELAN IRL Mt Juliet 72, 70,  71:  213 -3

13 09:40 – Brian NJOROGE KEN Vet Lab 71,  71,  71:  213 -3

–          Andrew ODOH NGR IBB International G&CC, 74,  70,  69:  213 -3

–          Gabriel AXELL SWE Landeryd GK 70,  69,  73:  212 -4

14 09:50 – Erik VAN ROOYEN RSA Royal Cape GC 70,  69,  73: 212 -4

–          Sam HUTSBY ENG Liphook GC 71, 68,  73: 212 -4

–          James ROBINSON ENG Southport & Ainsdale 69,  71,  72: 212 -4

15 10:00 – Reinier SAXTON NED GC Houtrak 72, 68, 72: 212 -4

–          Gary HURLEY IRL Team Ireland 70, 71,  71: 212 -4

–          Matteo DELPODIO ITA Circolo Golf Torino – La Mandria 75, 66,  71: 212 -4

16 10:10 – Julien GUERRIER FRA Golf PGA France du Vaudreuil 72, 69,  71: 212 -4

–          Moritz LAMPERT GER GC St Leon-Rot 66, 76, 70: 212 -4

–          Eirik Tage JOHANSEN NOR Stavanger GK 72, 70, 70: 212 -4

17 10:20 – Wil BESSELING NED 75, 67, 70: 212 -4

–          Scott HENRY SCO Mar Hall 76, 68, 68: 212 -4

–          Damien PERRIER FRA Garden Golf Ciceblossac 69, 71, 71: 211 -5

18 10:40 – Jean-Baptiste GONNET FRA G&CC Cannes Mougins 71, 71, 69: 211 -5

–          Ricardo SANTOS POR Oceânico Victoria GC 71, 71, 69: 211 -5

–          Filippo BERGAMASCHI ITA 72, 71, 68: 211 -5

19 10:50 – Simon FORSSTROM SWE AIK Golfforening 68, 75, 68: 211 -5

–          Tom MURRAY ENG IVL Flow Control 71, 72, 68: 211 -5

–          Michael G PALMER RSA Bryanston CC 70, 74, 67: 211 -5

20 11:00 – Adrien SADDIER FRA Esery GC 67, 69, 74: 210 -6

–          Dismas INDIZA ANYONYI KEN Mumias Sugar 69, 70, 71: 210 -6

–          Darius VAN DRIEL NED 70, 73,  67: 210 -6

21 11:10 – Alexander KNAPPE GER Paderborner Land GC 71, 73, 66: 210 -6

–          Danie VAN TONDER RSA GFG Academy/Ebotse Links 66, 69, 74: 209 -7

–          Sam WALKER ENG Maxstoke Park 69, 67, 73: 209 -7

22 11:20 – Bernd RITTHAMMER GER Global Charity Sports 71, 65, 73: 209 -7

–          Dylan FRITTELLI RSA CC Johannesburg 71, 69, 69, 209 -7

–          Christiaan BEZUIDENHOUT RSA Silver Lakes CC 70, 71, 68: 209 -7

23 11:30 – Jacques BLAAUW RSA The Els Club, Copperleaf 68, 66, 74: 208 -8

–          Romain LANGASQUE (AM) FRA St Domat 69, 70,  69: 208 -8

–          Daan HUIZING NED Golf Societeit de Lage Vuursche 71, 70, 67: 208 -8

24 11:40 – Espen KOFSTAD NOR Oslo GK 73, 69,  66: 208 -8

–          Steven TILEY ENG Royal Cinque Ports GC 74, 69, 65, 208 -8

–          Clément BERARDO FRA Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort 67, 72, 68: 207 -9

25 11:50 – Sebastian HEISELE GER Ergopack 72, 69, 65: 206 -10

–          Joël STALTER FRA Lake Merced GC 71, 71, 64: 206 -10

–          Sebastian SODERBERG SWE Delsjo Golfclub 67, 68, 68: 203 -13

-Additional reporting by europeantour.com