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Coastweek -- Susan Mwangi, lady winner with 41 points receives a prize from Group Secretary James Kinyua while Peter Barnard, [centre] men winner with 38 c/b points, receives a prize from Group HR Director David Kambi during 2017 Nation Media Group Golf Circuit at Nyali Golf and Country Club. GOLF PHOTOS BY GILBERT ONCHOKE.
Susan Mwangi Makes Her Mark, Wins Nation Media Golf


Coastweek -- It is 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.

The unpredictability 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  assumptions.   

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 them.

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 41 points. 

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 41 points.

There being no overall winner prize, Susan had to be content with the Lady Winner prize.

The unpredictability of the game of golf was further reflected lower down the line as well.

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 prize.  

Vishnu Dhutia 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 handicapper.

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  bogey.

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 popularity.

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.

Cheque presented to sponsor Ladies Coast Open 2017 | Coastweek
Coastweek -- Joyce Masai [left], 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


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