Victor Kachepatsonga makes the cut at Safari Tour
Malawi’s second best golfer Victor Kachepatsonga is making strides at this year’s Safari Tour at Karen Country Club in Nairobi, Kenya, where he finished 14th on day two of the tournament after amassing 145 total gross.
Kachepatsonga’s compatriot, highly rated Paul Chidale, was not as lucky as he finished 29th with 149 total gross and missed the cut.
It was a sad development for Chidale who made the cut last year. The tour ends today.
Zimbabwean Robson Chinhoi was leading as of Tuesday with 136 total gross, followed by Nigerian Andrew Odoh on 136.
Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Malawi Vice Chairperson Partridge Shycal congratulated Kachepatsonga for his exploits but sympathised with Chidale.
“If you think you are standing, be on alert lest you may fall. Paul needed to realise that if the course is easy, it is easy for everyone. It is a bitter lesson to Paul. As for Victor, this is a reward for his hard work. I am confident that he will continue performing well because he is focused,” Shycal said.
This is the first time for Kachepatsonga to make the cut in Kenya’s Safari Tour. In 2019, he came close to making the cut at the Zanaco Masters in Zambia.
Chidale said he failed to make the cut because of failure to follow his game plan.
“I was playing good golf but did not follow my gameplan in some holes. In professional golf, if you make one mistake, is it always tough to recover,” he said.