A green keeper stands in a very peculiar relationship with club
writes THE DRIVER.
They admire the hard
work he (almost without exception he, not she) puts in carrying
out his tough task, the diligent dedication and commitment he
shows in discharging his duties and the expertise and experience
he brings into the job of keeping the course playable at all
times for the enjoyment of the members.
taking on this task a green keeper certainly receives.
What he rarely ever
gets are appreciative thanks from satisfied customers, majority
of whom being dissatisfied and putting the blame for their bad
play on the difficulties that the green keeper puts in their way
in the way he sets up the course in general and the greens in
Any person brave
enough to undertake this unenviable and mostly thankless task
must therefore brace himself for the brickbats that are going to
come his way from disgruntled players for the real or quite
often the perceived grievances against the green keeper.
If Gulam Khaku, the
recently elected Green Keeper at Nyali felt nervous about facing
this prospect, he had a great surprise coming his way when he
received not harsh criticism but great compliments when the
March Mug and Medal were played at Nyali Golf and Country Club,
the very first competition under his watch as the Green Keeper,
on Saturday 11th March 2017.
And it was none
other than his son Mohamed Khaku who paid the compliments to
the Dad by bringing an excellent score of 66 nett to win the top
prize in A Division.
Playing off 12, on
the edge of A Division, Mohamed achieved this result by turning
in a five under handicap round of 78 strokes which placed him
second in the entire field on gross, leaving behind all players
in his division save the top placed William Kaguta who carded
74 to win the Best Gross prize.
It was a good start
for Mohamed with three straight pars and one over on the rest of
the holes except the 9th where he dropped two shots
to a double bogey, going one over handicap with 43 shots, nett
It was in the second
nine that Mohamed put together his winning performance by going
level par 35, resulting in a remarkable nett of 29.
This was achieved by
pars on all the holes except the 12th where he
dropped a shot but which he made up with a birdie on the 14th.
No other player in
his Division could match this score in the back nine, the
closest score coming from Martin Wahome, who, playing off 10,
carded one over par 36, nett 31 to add to his nett 41 off 46
strokes in the front nine to finish with nett 72.
Mohamed and Martin stood William with his 74 amounting to nett
71, to take the second prize in A Division, in addition to the
Best Gross prize.
His total of 74
consisted of two very consistent nines of 37 each.
With a flying start
with a birdie on the very first, William added another birdie on
the 4th to pick up two shots but bogeys on the 3rd
and 8th levelled off his score and another bogey on
the 9th added one over par 36 which translated to one
under handicap nett 35 for the three handicapper.
The start on the
back nine was less satisfactory with a bogey on the 10th
followed by two more, on the 14th and the 16th
which left William with three shots over par, of which he
recovered one with a birdie on the 17th ending with
one over handicap nett 36.
third however had to fight off a challenge from Vishnu Dhutia,
also on nett 72 but Martin’s very uneven spread of 46 in the
first nine and 36 in the back nine worked in his favour.
With his ten over
par 46 in his first nine Martin had dissipated his total
handicap allowance of 10 shots in that nine.
However, the one
over par knock of 36 in the back nine brought him to four under
handicap nett 31 which the steadier Vishnu with his nett 37 and
nett 35 respectively could not match, handing over the third
prize to Martin.
Seventy two nett was
the winning prize in B Division, carded by two gentlemen,
Clement Agina and Ian Marshal between whom Clement had the
better count back of 33 against Ian’s 35, Ian dropping two
shots on the 17th with his double bogey where Clement
made a par, placing him above Ian, who was followed by Peter
Mwangi with nett 73 to take the third prize in the Division.
Rashid Sheikh took
the first prize in C Division with nett 73, followed by Suresh
Hirani with nett 75 and A Rob with nett 77 in the second and
On the ladies side,
two ladies, Venessa Peris and Florence Karimi managed to play to
handicap, both in Silver Division, both coming up with a very
good score of nett 71, requiring a count back to decide the
Venessa counted out
Florence with her back nine score of 38 against Florence’s 39.
Venessa did this
despite a quadruple bogey 9 on the 17th and double on
12th, 14th and 16th but her
pars on the 15th and 18th helped her off
set the big number on the 17th and with ten shots in
hand, she was better able to take care of the other dropped
shots than Florence with seven shots in hand but losing six to
double bogeys on the 11th, 12th, 14th,
a bogey on the non stroking 15th and double to non
stroking 17th which left her a shot behind Venessa.
Truphena was third
with nett 73, which was also the score of the winning lady in
Bronze Division, Perviz Barnsley.
Alysa Jamal took the
second prize with nett 75 and Pauline Gachihi the third with
The Lady Captain
Joyce Massai won the Best Putting prize with a round of 31
putts, a very good performance considering that while the pin
positions were kinder than the usual tough positions for Mug and
Medal, the top dressing that has been carried out recently
creates its own difficulties, making putting no easy exercise.
In fact, judging by
the moans heard around the 19th hole, this was the
main reason for the average score in the field running into
eighties and over, three putting being more of a norm than not.
Thank you very much
as always, Johnny Walker, for supporting the mugs and medals.
Winners of March Medal
are, Mary Mariga, Alyssa Jamal, Perviz Barnsley, Pauline
Gachihi, Joyce Masai, Truphena Oyaro, Venessa Peris, and