You have to give it to the ladies, the so called, wrongly of
course, weaker sex, reports THE DRIVER
Over the long Easter weekend when friends
and families from upcountry and even further afield descend down
at the coast which result in planned and quite often unplanned
get together meetings, lunches, teas and dinners, with the
intense heat of the sun at its fiercest just before the eagerly
awaited rains, the temptation to stay cool indoors, eat, drink
and make merry would be overwhelming.
these temptations and shaking off the lethargy and laziness
which follow the parties that go long, late into the night, the
ladies at Nyali Golf and Country Club took to the field early
morning on Saturday 15th, to play a competition, not
just any old competition but the one which is of the most
demanding form, the monthly medal, for the month of April 2017.
With the hot and
humid conditions, the wind alternating between almost still and
blowing hard, particularly when in your face, it was not an
easy day to score but one player conquered it all, beat the
course and managed to play under her handicap.
That was Pia Swatton
in Bronze Division carding nett 70 to take the top place in her
with one over on the first three holes, of which the 2nd
being a double stroking hole and two over on the double stroking
4th, Pia had a stroke in hand when she got to the 5th
where she picked another shot with a par, followed by a par on
the 6th to have the cushion of three strokes in hand.
However, the double
bogeys which followed on the last three holes depleted her
surplus down to one stroke, the bogeys on the 8th and
9th being one over her handicap allowance, to finish
The back nine
started well too, with one over on the 10th and the
double stroking 11th, followed by a par on the 12th
which gave her an advantage of two strokes in hand, both of
which however she lost on the next two holes, to a triple bogey
on the double stroking 13th and double bogey on the
bogey, on the 16th made a further dent by a stroke
over her handicap but which Pia managed to recover with a par on
the 18th to finish nett level par 35.
Next after Pia’s
nett one under 70 was the nett par 71 carded by Teresia Oddo in
with a three putt bogey 6 on the 1st, Terry finished
the first nine with a knock of four over par 40, three under
handicap of nett 33, helped tremendously by her putting feat of
14, resulting from a string of single putts on the 2nd,
3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th,
all of which holes, except the 4th, she parred,
followed by another par on the 8th.
Terry lost the
momentum however, on the back nine, going three over her
handicap, nett 38 resulting from loss of a stroke each with
double bogeys on the 10th, 13th, 14th
and bogey on the non stroking 15th out of which she
recovered only one, with a par on the 11th .
Two strokes behind
Terry was Susan Stokes to take the second prize in Silver
Susan too dropped a
shot on the very first hole with a bogey but then went on
steadily with one over on the stroking 2nd, 3rd,
4th and 5th, only to drop a shot each on
the 6th and the 7th with double bogeys,
recovering just one with a par on the 9th, finishing
two over handicap nett 38.
With pars on the 11th,
12th and 15th and steady one over on the
10th, 13th and 14th, Susan’s
back nine looked promising, until she came to grief on the 16th
with a horrible quintuple bogey, taking six shot to get to the
green and three putting to boot and lost all three surplus
shots plus one more.
Not daunted by this
set back and putting it right behind her, Susan picked herself
up and finished the round with two pars in a row, ending with
nett level par 35.
Alice Wahome took
the third prize in Silver Division with nett 76.
Three double bogeys
in the first nine, on the 3rd, 4th and 7th
left her three over handicap nett 39.
On the back nine it
was steady scoring, her double bogey on the 13th
being made up with a par on the 15th and another
double bogey, on the 16th being made up with another
par, on the 18th.
However, a triple
bogey on the 17th left her two over handicap, nett
In the Bronze
Division, Farida followed Pia a bit of a distance in second
position with nett 77, the result of nineteen over par shots of
55, resulting from bogeys on the 2nd and 9th,
double bogeys on the 1st, 3rd, 6th,
7th and 8th, triple bogey on the 4th
and worse, a quadruple on the 5th which left the
twenty seven handicapper 5.5 over handicap, nett 41.5.
The back nine was a
much improved round of 49 shots, 6 better than the first nine,
cont-aining a par on the 15th and one over on the 10th,
11th, 12th 13th and 18th
being within her handicap allowance, only one dropped shot each
coming on the 14th off a double bogey and on the
double stroking 17th off a triple bogey.
followed Farida in the third place in the Bronze Division with
her nett 79, first nine nett of 38.5 being followed by back nine
nett of 40.5.
In the first nine,
the loss of 3 shots came off triple bogeys on the double
stroking 4th and 7th and worse, a
quadruple bogey on the double stroking 8th, made up
partly by a par on the 3rd.
Ulla however lost
more shots on the back nine, two shots to a quadruple bogey on
the double stroking 11th and a shot each to triple
bogeys on the double stroking 13th, 14th,
15th, 16th and 17th.
Ulla’s absence at
the prize giving however resulted in the forfeiture of the
prize, the benefit going to the next best scorer Perviz Barnsley
with nett 81.
For the last
remaining prize on the prize line, Best Putting prize, Terry
Odoo with her 14 putts in the first nine, followed by 18 was
obviously a likely candidate, only to find herself in a contest
with Suhasini Gudka who brought the same score of 32 putts,
requiring a count back.
Suhas had three
putted the 13th but with two single putts, on the 14th
and 17th, she managed to beat Terry who three putted
twice, on the 10th and the 13th and with
two single putts, on the 5th and the 17th
finished one behind Suhas.
The ladies rounded
off the game with a delicious “African Lunch”, in the manner the
ladies are accustomed to doing, a help yourself project, all the
mouth watering dishes having been contributed by the players,
accompanied by glasses of cool sparkling wine.
The only element of
their regular arrangement that was missing was “ African
The Medal was
sponsored as usual by Johnnie Walker to whom go thanks, once