Coastweek -- The game of golf
is acknowledged to be a mini reflection of life, mirroring all of life’s ups and
downs, pluses and minuses, highs and lows, reports THE
the fact of life that of the billions of people that populate the planet,
vast majority toil and struggle and barely survive while the select few at
the top thrive.
life, so it is in golf.
Friends of Captain Golf Tournament played at Nyali Golf and Country Club
on Saturday 1st July 2017 for instance, out of a field of 75
who entered the competition, the masses were at the bottom, ranging in
nett scores between 80 and 101, no more than 10 players managed to cross
the poverty line to get to the lower side of 70, a few more, twenty two to
be precise, just managed to reach the higher side of seventies.
stood out in this catalogue of mediocracies and worse, were four
exceptional scores at the top of the pile, the four “haves” in the midst
of the many “have nots” who rose to the sixties.
among these was nett 65 scored by an outsider, Habiba Hasan, a member of
Mombasa Golf Club who was invited to play as a guest.
Coastweek -- Willie Mbote, Men Winner
with 67 Nett during Friends of Captain Golf Tournament at Nyali Golf and
Country Club, receives a prize from Christine Ockotch.
65 was followed in a neat order of 66 carded by Vishnu Dhutia, Willie Mbote’s 67
and ending with Boniface Mungai on 68 to complete the line up in the sixties.
off 36, Habiba had the luxury of two strokes on every hole which she made
the most of, nowhere better than on the par three 3rd, where
she struck a three under her handicap, genuine 2 club birdie.
in fact in the 1st nine, considered by most as more difficult
nine, that Habiba picked up all her six under handicap shots to make nett
dropped only a single shot over handicap with a “double par” six on the
par three 6th, playing four other holes one under her
allowance, starting with the very first, followed by the 2nd, 5th
and 8th and the rest within her handicap.
back nine was a more sedate affair with nothing more than just the
ordinary handicap level par of nett 35!
she managed despite another “double par”, an eight on the 16th
and a triple bogey eight on the 11th, depleting three shots
from her handicap allowance but three holes, the 15th, 17th
and 18th which she played one under handicap made up the loss.
Coastweek -- Nimisha Shah, Lady
Winner during Friends of Captain Golf Tournament with 77c/b nett, receives
a prize from Kenneth Mwige at Nyali Golf and Country Club.
PHOTO BY GILBERT ONCHOKE.
visitor, Habiba had to be content with the Best Guest prize, forfeiting the top
prize of the day, to Vishnu who fully deserved the Overall Winner prize with his
knock of three over par 74, five under handicap nett 66.
dropped all the three over par shots in the 1st nine, through bogeys
on the 3rd, 4th and the 8th, parring rest of
On the back
nine he did drop two shots to bogeys on the 12th and the 17th
but made up both through birdies, a three on the 16th and a 2 club on
the 18th to finish level par 35.
after Vishnu, Willie Mbote made an absolute flying start with two consecutive
birdies gaining three shots advantage, followed by another shot saved off a par
on the stroking 3rd but lost two of the four shots to a bogey on the
non stroking 5th and a double bogey on the 6th, playing
the rest within handicap allowance, finishing with two under handicap nett 34.
On the back
nine too he played two under handicap nett 33, off four over par 39, the result
of bogeys on the 10th, 13th, 15th and 18th,
the rest being pars, which earned him the Men Winner prize.
A shot behind
Willie, taking the Runner up Men position was Boniface Mungai.
18 shots in hand, a shot on each hole which he used well with pars on the 1st
and the 5th and a 2 club birdie on the 6th and continuing
with steady one over on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 7th
picking up five shot advantage.
wasted away three shots off a double bogey on the 8th and worse a
triple on the 9th ending with two under handicap nett 34.
He repeated a
similar two shots under handicap score in the back nine, despite a spate of
double bogeys on the 10th, 16th and 18th but
his pars on the 11th, 12th, 13th , 15th
and 17th not only took care of the three lost shots but left him
with nett 33.
The rest of
the players on the Winners Board played above their handicaps.
the Lady Winner Nimisha Shah who having been off golf for a while has recently
re-emerged on the scene.
however had to fight off a challenge from Farida Saeed, both carding nett 77.
the clear winner on count back, having left the worst behind in the 1st
nine which she finished five over handicap, 41 nett.
She lost five
shots on the first four holes with triple bogeys on the 1st, 2nd
and 4th and a double on the 3rd.
was lost to a double bogey, on the 6th making a total of six but she
saved one shot through one over on the double stroking 7th.
improved 2nd nine followed, with two shots over handicap, nett 36,
despite a triple bogey on the 13th and a double on the 14th
which she made up partly with one over on the double stroking 17th.
Farida on the
other hand a more balanced breakdown with a marginally better 1st
nine of two over handicap nett 38 and nett 39 on the back nine, having shot two
over handicap on the 10th and one over each on the 15th,
17th and 18th out of which she could only regain one with
one over on the double stroking 16th.
was the Best Senior with nett 75 whereas Alysa Jamal, the Best Junior could not
have been too thrilled with her winning score of nett 85.
definitely seen better days and this might be an unusually poor performance but
she was no exception, this was the norm, given the conditions of the day.
Captain are apparently not friends of the rest of us, selecting a medal round
for what really was expected to be a fun competition, trying and testing our
nerves further by placing pin positions more suited to championship competitions
on all except a couple of holes.
I rest my
This is in no
way meant to disparage the very commendable, and much appreciated, effort put in
by the Friends of Captain to organize a competition on a day that would have
otherwise gone without our normal Saturday afternoon activity.
for the prizes for the winners and for the rest, providing us the opportunity to
go out in the open and get some exercise and for a very enjoyable 19th
hole with food, drinks and fun.