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Coastweek -- September Medal Winners sponsored by Johnnie Walker posing for a photo. from left are, Pia Swatton, Suhas Gudka,, Grace Karanja, Terry Odoo, Joyce Masai, Saida Samji and Sumali Jayasinghe. GOLF PHOTO - COURTESY OF GILBERT ONCHOKE

Special Medal for Ladies at popular Nyali Golf and Country Club

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 Ancient, reports The Driver

The 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.

Saida’s  two 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.

Saida had  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.

Despite the 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.

The first 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 8th.

The end 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.

Saida was 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 Division.

Kim Lanxe  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.

Kim  managed 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 shots.

However, he 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.

After that, 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 73.

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.

Daniel’s nett 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.

In contrast 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.

Neil Fraser 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.

Between them, 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. 

In C 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 respectively.

Johnnie Walker continue to support this important club  fixture, month after month and deserve a big ‘thank you”.

Special Medal for Ladies at popular Nyali Golf and Country Club | Coastweek

Coastweek -- NGCC Hon. Green Keeper, Matthew Githinji, presents a mug to Kim Lanxe, (left) division a winner with 67 nett during September Mug sponsored by Johnnie Walker. Neil Fraser, (left), division b winner with 72 net, during September Mug, receives a mug from  NGCC resident pro. Njuguna Ngugi. GOLF PHOTOS - COURTESY OF GILBERT ONCHOKE



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