Dismas Indiza started off the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship campaign to a flying start, finishing 2-under par 69 to leave him in the fifth by the time he left the 18th green.
Indiza teed off with a birdie at the par-4 (10th), before following it up with another at the par-5,11th.
He, however, struggled to hole consecutive bogeys at the par-5, 12th, par-4, 13th and par-3, 14th holes before holding par on the rest of the holes for a total combined score of 37.
Indiza, who is sponsored by Johnnie Walker found his groove back on the first nine to play blemish-free to hole birdies on the par-3 4th, par-5, 6th and par-4, 7th holes for a total of 32.
Indiza admitted experiencing some nervousness midway through: “I tried my best to play well since I started with consecutive birdied at the 10th and the 11th holes before struggling at the 12th, 13th and 14th holes; but I later calmed down and started playing well but it was generally a decent outing for me today and I felt that I don’t have much to improve on going into round two tomorrow.”
Commenting on the course conditions, Indiza said: “It got tricky with the wind in the morning, but I can only sympathise with the afternoon groups when the wind really picks up here.”
Indiza will be teeing off at the first tee on Friday at 1pm alongside India’s Shubhankar Sharma (who finished 3-over par 74) and Spain’s Adri Arnaus (who finished 5-under par 66 to top the leaderboard as of 3:00 pm on Round One).