Coastweek -- While it
may have been an ordinary, regular monthly mug for the “Muggers” i e the men
who entered the Mug at Nyali Golf & Country Club on Saturday 10th
September 2016, for the “Medalist” that is the ladies, it was a special Medal,
as September medal is for all those ladies belonging to clubs which are
affiliated to the Ladies Golf Union, the umbrella body of golf under Royal and
significance which makes September medals special lies in a little gold pendant
dangling on a chain which is dangled before the ladies affiliated to R & A as a
booty to be picked up if you can pull off the winning formula of producing the
best nett of the day.
It is that
pendant which is awarded to the lady bringing the overall best nett ,
regardless of the divisions and hence the name September Pendant for the Medal
played in this month in all clubs under the LGU.
It must be
the feeling of vying for this prize with your sisters all over the world
belonging to the mother LGU that spurs the ladies to do their best as
September Pendant is always won on a good score and this year was no exception,
the Pendant being won on nett 69 and the lady who did it was Saida Samji.
under handicap score was not only the best among the ladies but only 2 short of
the best nett in the entire field of 90 players, men and women combined
together, nett 67 carded by Kim Lanxe playing in A Division on the men’s side.
been away, as she usually does this time of the year to enjoy the summer in
the Northern hemisphere with her grandchildren and had just returned but
obviously being away from the golfing scene does not prevent her adapting to
the tropics quickly and get back into the swing of things.
significance of this particular Medal, ladies had to start off the tenth tee
which being a par three, does not allow much time for warming but Saida
obviously had no problem finding her target, making her par on the 10th,
following up with a par on the 11th and another on the 15th
which gave the 20 handicapper a cushion of three shots of which she only lost
one by dropping a shot on the 13th with a double bogey but picked
another shot with one over on the 16th where she double strokes and
ended with three under handicap of nett 32.
nine which followed was however not as profitable, despite a good start with
two consecutive pars which placed her two shots ahead of her handicap but she
dropped a shot to a double bogey on the 7th and worse a triple on the
result was one over handicap nett 37 for a total of 69 which placed her at the
top of her Division and won her the pendant.
followed by Sumali Jayasinghe with nett 73 and Joyce Masaai with nett 74 for the
second and third prize respectively in Silver Division.
In the Bronze
Division Pia Swatton was at the top with her nett 71, comprised of a putting
round of 27 putts, a very impressive performance given the tricky pin positions
on a number of greens. Pia’s 27 putts which also earned her the Best Putter
prize included a nil putt on the 2nd hole where she chipped in
with a good chip and putt on the 3rd, 7th, 11th,
12th, 14th and 17th and a single putt on the
par three 15th which gave her 2 club birdie.
In a neat
line up, Suhasini Gudka followed Pia with nett 72 and Grace Karanja with nett
73 to take the to take the second and third prize respectively in Bronze
was the only other player who shared the honour of playing under handicap with
Saida ,in fact the best in the field with his nett 67. Kim knocked four
shots off his handicap with a round of 77 shots which was only two more than the
lowest round of the day, 75 carded by Daniel Nduva.
this with a very evenly balanced two nines of 2 under handicap, 34 nett in
the 1st nine and 33 nett in the 2nd nine.
He did this
with 6 pars in each nine, starting with the first two and ending with the
last four in the 1st nine where he dropped a shot each on the
remaining holes, the 3rd, 4th and 5th, the 4th
being a striking hole.
On the back
nine he started with a par and so picked up a shot but ran into difficulties
with a double bogey on the next, the par five 11th, losing two
quickly made up the two dropped shots with birdie on the next, the stroking 12th,
with a shot still in hand but a double bogey followed immediately on the 13th
, levelling his score to handicap.
it was pars all the way, including on the two stroking holes, the 14th
and 16th and so a two under handicap finish.
Kim won the
top prize in A Division with his best nett but the best gross of the day came
from Daniel Nduva with four over par 75 which translated to 2 over handicap nett
Of the four
dropped shots in total, the first four came in the first nine with a bogey each
on the 3rd and the 9th and worse a double bogey on the 4th
but Daniel manage to recover one with a birdie on the 7th, ending
three over par 39, nett 38.
In a very
interesting back nine, Daniel went through a whole wide range of shots, from
an eagle on the 11th to a triple bogey on the 12th and
everything in between, a bogey on the 16th and birdie on the 17th
and pars on the rest, finishing one over par 36.
73 was however edged out by another 73, carded by Ali Jawad Molu with a better
count back over Daniel’s for the 2nd position in A Division, Daniel
taking the third.
to Daniel, Ali played a very steady back nine with pars all the way except on
the last hole where he lost two shots to a double bogey but his 37 gave the nine
handicapper nett 32.5 to Daniel’s 35.
was the winner of B Division with a good score of 72 nett, followed by two
gentlemen Qamar Naqvi and Rohit Devani on 73 nett vying for the next position.
Qamar managed, no doubt putting all his banking experience to good use to work
out the account to a fine degree, producing a fractionally better count back of
33.5 against 34 produced by the Daktari who took the third prize.
Division, there was a neat line up of nett 75 made by Anthony Getambu, 76 by
Clive Barnsley and 77 by Anand Patel to take the first, second and third prize
Walker continue to support this important club fixture, month after month and
deserve a big ‘thank you”.