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Coastweek -- September Medal winners seen [from left] are Mary Mariga, Joyce Masai, Joyce Kamau, Florence Karimi, Alyssa Jamal, Susan Stokes, Jayne Githere and Rapthi De Silva. GOLF PHOTOS COURTESY OF GILBERT ONCHOKE. 
Alyssa Jamal takes the Pendant!

Coastweek -- Nyali Golf and Country Club hosted its September Mug and Medal on Saturday 9th September 2017, reports THE MARKER.

While it was a normal monthly Mug for the gentlemen, the ladies played a special Medal, for a pendant, a prize that dangles at the end of their September medal for the Best Nett scorer.

It is a tradition shared by clubs all over the world which are affiliated to Royal and Ancient.

The honour of taking the Pendant went to young Alyssa Jamal from Bronze Division with a nett level par score of 71.

Starting off the 10th, as ladies always do, notwithstanding their special Pendant Medal, Alyssa made an excellent start with nett 32.5 in her first nine with pars on two par threes, the 10th and the 15th and one over on the double stroking 16th giving her three shots in hand, although she lost one through a double bogey on the 14th.

On her back nine however, triple bogeys on both par threes, the 3rd and the 6th wiped off the advantage and set her back two shots.

She regained two shots with one over on double stroking 7th and 8th, finishing with nett 38.5.

Apart from the Pendant, Alyssa took the top prize in her Division and a chop in her handicap !

Alyssa has been playing well, featuring regularly in the winners’ list as a junior member but playing on par with  older competitors and beating them with a nett level par must have been very satisfying. 

Following a couple of shots behind Alyssa in a neat line up were three ladies in Silver Division, Florence Karimi with nett 73, Joyce Masai with 74 and Susan Stokes with 75 to take the three prizes in that order, while continuing the same line up with 76 was Joyce Kamau and a couple of shots behind on 78 Rapthi De Silva in Bronze Division, taking the second and  third prize respectively. 

Jayne Githere took the Best Putter prize with her round of 29 putts to complete the prize line up on the ladies side.

The Best Score of the day however came from a gentleman, Joseph Kaguru playing in C Division, outscoring    everyone in the field with his three under handicap nett 68.

Joseph did not have the best beginning, with double bogeys on the 1st, 3rd and 4th, but he managed to bring his score within handicap allowance with one over on the double stroking 2nd and pars on the 5th and 6th.

On the double stroking 7th he suffered another set back with a triple bogey but made up with one over on the double stroking 9th to finish nett par 36.

The best was to come on the back nine, despite a horrendous start with a quadruplicate bogey seven on the 10th and a triple bogey on the 17th.

What helped him overcome the loss were bogeys on the double stroking 13th and 16th, pars on the 15th and 18th and a terrific birdie on the 14th which left him with three shots under handicap nett 32.

Next after Joseph’s nett 68 were two nett under par scores of 70, carded by Vishnu Dhutia and Alnoor Dhanji in A Division.

Between the two, Vishnu made sure of a better count back and gaining a clear advantage with his level par back  nine of 35, three under handicap nett 32 over Alnoor’s nett 34 to put him at the top in A Division.

He dropped five shots in the 1st nine, to bogeys on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and a double on the 8th, finishing with 41, nett 38.

On the back nine, however, he parred all the way except the 14th where he dropped a shot but made up with a birdie on the 17th to score his level par 35.

His knock of five over par 76 also earned him the Best Gross of the day.

Alnoor too had a total of 41 shots in the 1st nine, translating to nett 36 for the ten handicapper.

He had lost four shots over handicap through bogeys on the 1st, 3rd, 6th and a double bogey on the 4th but made up with pars on the stroking 2nd, 8th and a birdie on the 9th.

On the back nine he suffered a loss of two shots to a double bogey on the 11th and another to a bogey on the 17th but pars on the stroking 10th 12th and 13th and a two club on the 15th made up the loss and left him a shot under handicap nett 34.

A shot behind Vishnu and Alnoor on nett 71 were the trio of Mohdhar Abubakar, Dinesh Sassan and Martin Wahome vying for third place in their Division.

Despite a nett level par of 35, Martin was the first to be knocked out on count back, Dinesh having a better count back of 34.5, but Dinesh in turn was beaten by Mohdhar with his nett 32.5, thanks to two birdies in a row, on the 11th and the stroking 12th, followed by pars on the stroking 14th and 16th which earned him five shots  against the loss of two to bogeys on the 17th and 18th.

Also on nett 71 was the winner in B Division, Patrick Munyao, followed by Ian Marshal and Akil Mughal in a tie  on nett 72.

Akil lost out to Ian on count back with his 34 to Ian’s 33 and had to be content with the third prize.

Shaham Eliathamby followed the top scorer Joseph in C Division with nett 72 to take second prize and John Smith took the third with nett 74.

Johnnie Walker did their usual sponsorship to whom we say sante sana for the continuing support.

Coastweek -- Patrick Munyao, [left], Division B Winner with 71 nett, receives a mug from Anthony Polo while Alnoor Dhanji, [right], runner up in Division A with 70 nett receives a mug from Jimmy Kingori during the September Mug sponsored by Johnnie Walker at Nyali Golf and Country Club. GOLF PHOTO COURTESY OF GILBERT ONCHOKE.


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