Majority of Golfers are businessmen and women or
connected in a significant manner in some way or the other to
the business world, reports
All businesses need to move their goods
and products which is where Kenya Ports
Authority comes in, exporting those
goods and products or importing things
those businesses need to carry on their
activities and therefore all golfers
need KPA and KPA need golfers.
Such was the syllogism, or deductive
logic to similar effect, by which
Captain Jon Stokes explained the immense
popularity of the Kenya Ports Authority
Golf Day when welcoming the sponsors and
guests at the close of the competition
at Nyali Golf and Country Club on
Saturday 11th November 2017.
Katherine Mturi- Wairiri, the Managing
Director of KPA echoed similar
sentiments in her welcoming address to
the players and guests, noting the
synergy between golfers and KPA which
drew one of the largest number, a total
of over 170 players.
Katherine also noted that her
organisation which is strongly
represented by A teams in many other
sports does not contribute in the same
way to the game of golf where it is
Coastweek -- Alyssa Jamal,
junior winner with 41 points during
Kenya Ports Authority Golf Day at Nyali
Golf and Country Club, Receives a prize
from KPA Director Steve Lokedi.
She promised to make amends by producing
a strong golfing team in future although
she recognised there were notable
exception who take a keen interest in
the game, such as Yobesh Oyaro, Japhet
Obonyo, Charles and Teresia Odoo, some
of whom are in fact known to be more
active members of Nyali Golf and Country
Club than of KPA !
reiterated her promise to take up the game herself, following
the example of KPA’s Public Relations Manager, Bernard Osero who
regaled the audience with tales of his efforts at coming to
grips with the game, starting with acquiring the right clothing
and equipment, realising much to his dismay that as a leftie he
needed a different set of clubs from what he had been looking at
and had to procure one from abroad at some considerable expense
kitted himself up and started with serious and persistent
training, he discovered there were many slips between him and a
handicap and almost thought of giving up in despair.
He may take some
consolation from the knowledge that this is the experience of an
average golfer who finds his/her game is never the same, that
there are massive swings to their swings from day to day !
effortlessly smooth one day while nothing seems to work the next
time, or sometimes, maddeningly in the course of the same round.
There was one player
in the entire field of 170 plus players for whom it was a sort
of day when nothing went wrong, everything work.
That was the young
lady Alyssa Jamal who soared above all with a great score of 41
It started with the
2nd hole, a double stroking where she picked up a
surplus point with one over and then another to a par on the 3rd.
There was a bit of
down slide as she immediately dropped both extra points to a
triple bogey on the double stroking 4th and double
bogey on the 5th but with regulation 2 points then on
and a surplus point earned off a par on the closing ninth, she
ended the first nine with 19 points.
It was on the back
nine that Alyssa struck a rich vein of 3 points, collecting a
huge surplus of six points with a string of pars, on the 10th,
12th, 14th and 15th and one
over on the double stroking 13th and 16th.
However, on the two
par fives, the 11th and the 17th where,
both being double stroking holes and being within easy reach
with her length, she would expect to reap more dividends, she
came to grief, losing out two points through very
uncharacteristic triple bogeys.
But her total of 22
points added on to the 19 points in the first nine turned out
to be the best score of the day.
Best score of the
day did not however qualify Alyssa for the Overall Prize, her
youth going against her, Alyssa could only take the Best Junior
But youth is the
time of life when such small disappointments are taken as part
of the learning curve, quickly overcome and on to the next
challenge to be taken head on.
That next challenge
was thrown at her immediately.
In recognition of
her achievement, the Captain called upon Alyssa to tell how she
did it and she responded well with words of appreciation for her
playing partners who supported and encouraged her through the 18
holes and for the sponsors for a super competition.
For the Overall
Prize there were two contenders with identical scores of 38
points, Philip Mbugua and Vanessa Peris.
Philip did not allow
his sense of chivalry to come between himself and the KPA Golf
Day title, falling short on chivalry but gaining on count back
with a break down of 17 and 21 points over Vanessa’s steady
score of 19 points for each nine.
steadily with 2 points a piece on the first four holes but lost
a point on the 5th to a bogey and further down 2
points to the blanked 7th but then steadied himself
again, playing a par game from 8th through to the 13th,
four of which, the 8th, 9th, 12th
and 13th yielded 3 points each which brought his
tally for the first nine to 17 points and left him with 2
surplus points up to that point on the back nine.
Things got even
better with a 2 club birdie on the 15th yielding 3
more points followed by a birdie on the stroking 16th
adding 4 points to earn him a total of 5 surplus points.
The dream however
came to an end and reality kicked in on the last two holes which
he bogeyed to lose a point each ending with a total of 21 points
for the back nine.
In her two even
nines of 19, Vanessa had her ups and down in the first nine,
dropping a point on the 1st but more than making up
with two holes worth 4 points each, through a 2 club birdie on
the 3rd and a par on the double stroking 4th,
followed by a less spectacular par on the 5th worth
just 3 points !
dissipated the advantage of 4 surplus point by blanking the 6th
and dropping 2 more on the 7th and 9th
In between the two,
having parred the 8th she finished with a surplus of
one for the first nine.
The back nine
started badly with a blank but which she made up with 3 points
off two pars, on the 13th and the 15th.
took a toll with a double bogey costing her a point but made up
with 3 points on the 16th and a par on the concluding
18th put her in a surplus on one for the back nine as
Vanessa had to be
content with the Winner Lady prize. Mary Kandu followed her with
35 points to take the Runner up Lady prize.
On the men’s side,
the gap was narrower.
Right behind Philip
were two gentlemen, William Kaguta and Evance Manono in a tie
for the Winner Man prize with 37 points.
with a better count back relegating Evance in the second place
with a break down of 19 and 18 whereas Evance had a more uneven
breakdown of 20 points in the first nine, 3 points coming off
pars on the 4th, 6th, 7th and
the 9th, of which 2 points were lost to bogeys on the
3rd and the 5th.
On the back nine he
could only add 17 points, despite picking up 4 points off a 2
club birdie on the 18th and another additional point
earned on the 10th off a par, he lost out 4 points to
bogeys on the 11th, 13th and the 17th
and a double bogey on the 16th.
well, picking an extra point on the stroking 2nd
with a par and two more with birdies on the 5th and
the 7th but dropped a shot each on the 6th
and the 9th to finish with 19 points in the first
On the back nine it
was par all the way except the 12th where he dropped
a shot to a bogey but immediately made up with a par on the
stroking 13th to finish with regulation 18 points.
Count back was also
needed to resolve a tie for the next place between Aaron Kikuvi
and George Munyao on 36 points.
Steady play of two
even nines of 18 points did not help George against the more
erratic Aaron with his 16 and 20.
Aaron had a blank in
each nine, starting with the very first hole and he then went on
to drop two more to a double bogey on the 4th and a
bogey on the 5th, making up two points with 3 each on
the 3rd and the 6th.
On the back nine he
made a great start with a 2 club birdie for 4 points but lost 2
straightaway with the blanked 11th.
Pars on the 12th,
16th and 18th helped to add 3 surplus
points of which he lost one to a bogey on the 17th.
George too had the
misfortune of blanking a hole in each nine.
On the front nine it
was the 4th and in addition to losing a point to a
bogey on the 3rd.
However, he made up
all three with a par on the stroking 2nd and birdies
on the 5th and the 9th.
On the back nine
after gaining 3 points each off a birdie on the 12th
and par on the 13th, he lost both extra points by
blanking the 14th.
Further down, a
birdie earned him 3 points earned off a birdie on the 16th
were squared off a bogey on the 17th to level his
score to 18.
There were plenty
more prizes for various categories but in the end everyone who
played was a winner, going home with a goodie bag, having
enjoyed the generous hospitality of KPA, starting from drinks
and tidbits at half time, lunch, tea and dinner accompanied by
drinks and music under a marquee, set out not at the usual venue
but on the practice range to accommodate a larger number,
comprising of the players, staff and the guests of KPA in
Warm round of
applause to KPA for a very enjoyable golfing day.
FULL LIST OF PRIZE WINNERS :-
Philip Mbugua 38 points
William Kaguta 37 points
Men Runner up:
Evance Manono 37 points
Men Third: Aaron
Kakuvi 36 points
Vanessa Peris 38 points
Lady Runner up:
Mary Kandy 35 points
Alyssa Jamal 41 points
Best Senior: John
Smith 33 points
Fumihiro Obara 32 points
Guest Runner up:
Aish Duba 30 points
Guest Third: Henry
Obino 29 points
Guest Fourth: Ben
Omundo 29 points
Best Staff: Yobesh
Oyaro 33 Points
Staff Runner up:
Japeth Obonyo 32 points
Teresia Odoo 31 points
Charles Odoo 30 points
Longest Drive men:
ladies: Joyce Masai
Nearest to the Pin
men: Mark Mbua 11 inches
Nearest to the Pin
Ladies: Joyce Masai 11 feet 4 inches.