Ruterana rebounds from Arusha woes

KCB Golf Tour – Kigali LegDay 1 leader board (Top 10)A.Kimani 67E.Ruterana 69N.Rokoine 70G.Snow 70J.B Hakizimana 72D.Odhiambo 72D.Indiza 72R.Ainely 72B.Thethy 72J.Lorum 73
Ruterana picks up the ball after putting for Par on the first hole
Ruterana picks up the ball after putting for Par on the first hole

KCB Golf Tour – Kigali Leg
Day 1 leader board (Top 10)
A.Kimani 67
E.Ruterana 69
N.Rokoine 70
G.Snow 70
J.B Hakizimana 72
D.Odhiambo 72
D.Indiza 72
R.Ainely 72
B.Thethy 72
J.Lorum 73

HOMEBOY Emmanuel Ruterana rebounded from his early exit in last week’s KCB Golf Tour – Arusha leg in sizzling style after finishing second in yesterday’s opening round of the Kigali leg at Kigali Golf Club.

A little over a week after missing the cut at Gymkhana Golf Course, the 28-year-old fired a bogey-free three-under-par 69.

Making the most of ideal scoring conditions on soft and receptive greens, Ruterana needed only 30 putts before ending the round two strokes adrift of Kenya’s Ali Kimani.
Ruterana was delighted with his start in the four-day event.

“It was one of those days today where the hole just looked big and I putted extremely well,” he said.

“I needed to get off to a good start ... not only to help me get past last week, but also in a tournament that I like a lot here at Kigali Golf Club. I know that I can play well here.”

Asked to compare his confidence level now and last year, he replied: “Fairly high, but at the same time I still need to put four rounds together.”

Compatriot Jean Baptist Hakizimana recovered from a faltering start to settle for a level par-72.

The hard-hitting golfer shot four bogeys on the front nine and a double bogey on the 13th hole but birdies on holes 10, 11, 12, 14, 16 and 18 brought him back into contention.

Kenyans dominated the top five positions with Nicolas Rokoine (70) and David Odhiambo (70) claiming 3rd and 4th position.

Meanwhile, rookies Ernest Ndayisenga and Olivier Munyaneza had a rough outing after carding 74 and 81 respectively.

Only the top 20 will make the cut at the end of today’s round two.

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