an excellent opportunity to revert to the previous week’s theme
of the game of golf reflecting life in all its facets,
reports THE DRIVER.
of life, which throws up quite unexpected turn of events that
shake up and turn on their heads commonly held notions, golf
also brings about results that go completely against the common
It was assumed for
instance that the popular Nation Media Group Golf Circuit leg at
the Coast hosted by Nyali Golf and Country Club on Saturday 8th
July would favour the home players and the winner will come from
one of the big hitters of Nyali.
As it happened, only
one among the names that were bandied about as likely winners,
men of course, another assumption, featured in the top ten.
That was the in-form
Vishnu Dhutia but Vishnu too fell short of the winning score and
none of the winners came from these names.
Not only were three
visitors among the top ten but the top scorer was indeed one of
The surprise package
of the day, a visitor, a lady not only stood out among the 26
ladies who vied for the sole prize in their category but she
trumped the entire field of 156 players.
This was Susan
Mwangi from Mombasa Golf Club who struck a remarkable total of
It was a very steady
start for Susan with 2 points a piece until she reached the par
three 6th which she blanked, only to pick herself up
again and score 2 points on the 7th and 8th
and then a par on the double stroking 9th which
yielded 4 points to make up for the blanked 6th and
end the 1st nine with 18 points.
It was on the back
nine that Susan made her mark with a string of 3 points, scored
off one over on double stroking 10th, 11th,
13th, 15th, 17th and on the
final hole off a par.
Susan only lost one
of the six extra points off a triple bogey on the 16th,
ending with a massive total of 23 points and the grand total of
There being no
overall winner prize, Susan had to be content with the Lady
of the game of golf was further reflected lower down the line as
None of the Nyali
ladies predicted to do well could come up anywhere near Susan,
her nearest rival was another visitor, Hilda Mugure also from
Mombasa golf Club with 37 points.
Although there were
no further prizes available in the ladies category, Hilda’s
effort was not in vain, her excellent knock of 21 points in the
back nine won her the Best Second Nine.
As expected of such
a large field, the competition would be very tight and this was
true in the men’s category where for a limited number of
prizes, 3 in all, there were two contenders with a score of 38
stableford points and no less than 16 players separated by
four shots from the top score.
Among them was Jon
Stokes, the Captain of Nyali who, as he confessed while
officiating at the prize giving, was obviously disappointed not
to find his name in the winners’ list, even suspecting the
omission to be as a result of “fake news”.
There was nothing
fake about the scores returned by the two at the top, Peter
Barnard and Ken Mwige, displaying a keen contest, both on 38 and
both with the same breakdown of 18 and 20.
Ken started with a
symmetrical pattern of three singles, on the 5th, 6th
and the 9th with double bogeys, three regulation 2
points with a par on the 1st and one over on the 2nd
and the 8th and three holes with 3 points, off pars
on the 3rd, 4th and the 8th.
Peter on the other
hand a more asymmetrical first nine, blanking the 1st,
a single on the 7th off a double bogey, regulation 2
points on the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and
8th and two 3s, on the 4th and the 9th
to make up for the loss on the 1st.
On the back nine,
Peter played it cleverly by getting his bad shots out of the way
right at the star by blanking the 1st and then over
the last six holes where it matters, picking up four extra
points with 3 points a piece on the 13th, 15th,
16th and 18th, dropping only one to a
double bogey on the 14th.
Ken on the other
hand, started well gaining two extra points off pars on the 10th
and 11th, went steady on the last six holes with
regulation 2 points on all except the 16th where he
lost a point off a double bogey, made up quickly with a birdie
on the 17th yielding 3 points.
Peter’s 15 points on
the six holes over Ken’s 12 clinched his win for the Men Winner
featured in a tie for the third place with Charles Rob and
Lumatete Muchai but had to bow out in the first instance with
his back nine score of 19 points against 20 by Luma and 23 by
Charles who prevailed over both.
Charles made his
excellent 23 through birdies on the 11th, 15th
and 17th and two more holes, the 12th and
13th yielding 3 points each with pars for the six
Another Charles made
his way into the winners’ list, Charles Kariuki, a visitor with
a very good score of 37 points to take the Best Guest prize.
After a decent start
with 17 points, he picked up 20 points with a birdie on the 13th
yielding 4 points, followed by a par on the 14th for
3 points, losing just one of the three surplus points to a
single point on the 18th as a result of a double
Henry Owuor was the
Best Staff with 28 points.
Both the Junior and
Senior prizes were claimed with 32 points, by Alysa Jamal and
Clive Barnsley respectively.
Suresh Hirani won
the First Nine with the same good score as Hilda Mugure’s Second
Nine on 21 point.
The Nation Media
Group Golf Circuit is open to four other Coast based golf clubs,
Leisure, Mombasa, Malindi, Vipingo and the large number of
entries which the competition draws is a good attestation of its
Their support was
well rewarded with a gift pack at the start of the game, lunch,
tea and finally to wind up the day, dinner with soft drinks and
a bottle of the golden liquid of Johnnie Walker for each table.
Thank you Nation
Media for all that.
Nyali Golf and Country Lady Captain, receives a cheque from KCB
Advantage Relationship Manager of Nyali branch Joshua Kiptoo,
KCB Personal Banking Consultant Enock Kimutai and Jane Isiaho,
KCB Regional Manager in Coast. The cheque is to sponsor Ladies
Coast Open 2017. GOLF PHOTO BY GILBERT ONCHOKE