Joyce Masai marked the end of
her year as the Lady Captain of Nyali Golf and Country Club in
great style with a competition on Saturday 13th January 2018,
writes THE DRIVER.
Joyce kept up the recent
trend, now almost established as a tradition to invite all
members of the Club, ladies and gentlemen and also guests and
caddies to participate in her competition.
The response to her invitation was so good, the turn out was
one of the largest.
Joyce also followed the tradition of the format of the play,
the ladies playing a medal stroke play in the first half,
stableford point in the back nine and the difference between the
nett medal score and the points determining the result.
It was an invitee who dominated the scene on the ladies side,
Mary Mariga who came up with the lowest differential of
This was made up of one over nett 37 coming off 48 shots in
the 1st nine off set by 19 points in the back nine. Her 1 st
nine could have been even better but for an unfortunate eight on
not one but two holes, both par four, the double stroking 4 th
costing her two shots and even worse, three shots on the 8th.
However, Mary recovered four of the five lost shots off pars
on the stroking 1st, 2nd, 6th and the 9th, to end with 37.
On the back nine a single hole, the blanked 17 th cost her
two points and the 13 th cost another, off a double bogey.
However, pars on the stroking 12 th and the 15th and one over
on the double stroking 14 th and the 16th made up for the three
lost points and left her with a surplus of one, total of 19
Mary however was playing courtesy an invitation by the Lady
Captain and so could not claim the Lady Captain’s Prize and had
to be content with the Best Lady Guest prize.
The honour of the title prize went to Susan Stokes who came
up with the best result among the contenders for the title.
Susan achieved this with two even rounds, a nett 38 off 46
strokes on the first nine and 19 stableford points on the back
nine leading to a differential of 19.
Playing off 16, with 8 strokes in hand Susan went round the
1st nine 2 over handicap, starting with two pars to pick up two
shots advantage but dropping a shot each on the 3rd off a bogey
and 4th, 5th and 8th through double bogeys.
On the back nine after a steady start of 2 points each on the
10th, 11th, 12th, she made a big gain of 4 points off a birdie
on the 13th , followed by 3 points each off pars on the 14 th
and the 17th but lost a point off a double bogey on the 16th and
sadly finished the round with a blanked 18th, 19 points in hand.
Her nearest rival was Lyn Nichols just a fraction of
differential away with 19.5.
The difference of half the fraction came in the 1st nine
which Lyn finished with 38.5, her handicap allowance being 10.5
set off against the total of 49 shots.
Lyn dropped three shots with double bogeys on the 2 nd, 5th
and 9th, making one up with a par on the 3rd.
Lyn too suffered a blank on her back nine, the 17 th and lost
another shot to a double bogey on the 13 th but with a par on
the 14th earning 4 points, she managed to level off the blank
and also recover the lost shot and gain a point, with a par on
the 12th and one over on the double stroking 16th , to end with
Following the duo, in a long prize line were the
Third Grace Karanja 21.5 C/b, Fourth Christine Ockotch
21.5, Fifth Lilian Krijnen 22, Sixth Wambui Warui 22.5, Best
1st Nine Terresia Odoo 37 nett, Best 2nd Nine Alice Wahome
18 points c/b, Guest Winner Lady Mary Mariga 18
Differential, Guest R/U Lady Betty Bundotich 20 Differential
The men had a great time teeing off friendlier yellow tees
which cut out a number of tough dog legs and brings the greens
within easier reach.
With this advantage, as expected , there were a number of
scores in forties.
Frank Herter was at the top with 44 points.
On the 1st nine, he made a near perfect start with six
straight pars, five of them stroking holes to pick up 17 points
to which he added 3 more through a par on the 9 th and
regulation 2 points on the 7 th and the 8th to finish with 24
The back nine was not so profitable, the 15 th producing no
points at all and the 17 th only one.
However, with 3 points a piece on the 10 th, 11th, 12th 14th
and 16th off pars, he picked up 16 points and added 4 more with
regulation 2 each on the 13th and 18th to finish with 20 points.
Closely following Frank was Ushwin Khanna with 43 points.
The most noteworthy feature on Ushwin’s card was the number
4, the number of points he picked up on three holes, through
pars on the double stroking 4th and 16th and a birdie on the
To this he added 15 points with 3 points each on the 1 st,
2nd, 5th, 14th and 18th.
A succession of regulation points on the 6 th, 7th, 8th, 9th
, 10th and further down on the 13th and 15th gave him 14 points
to come to the total of 41 and two more points came through one
each on the 11th and the 17th to the final tally of 41.
The 3rd was the only hole that contributed nothing.
A point behind Ushwin was Aly Jamal with 42.
Aly was among the few gentlemen playing in the afternoon who
had a start on the 1st tee.
And it was a slow start with 17 points, 2 lost to the blanked
4th and one each to the 3rd through a bogey and the 5th through
He managed to recover three shots through pars on the 1st,
2nd and 7th to finish 17 points.
On the back nine it was a remarkable roll of 3 points on
every hole except the 16th and 18th which yielded 2 points,
leading to a total of 25 points.
The rest of the results are:-
Forth V Mwashuma 41 points c/b, Fifth Mike Lessons 41
points, Best Senior John Chatwin 41 points, Best Junior
Andrew Wahome 41 points, Best Guest Larry Wambua 34 points,
R/U Guest G Orora 34 points, Sponsor Winner Peter Kamanga 39
points, Sponsor R/U Tom Soigwa 37 points,
Longest Drive Men Mathew Wahome, Longest Drive Ladies
erresia Odoo, Nearest to the Pin Men Evans Manono 2’6’’,
Nearest to the pin Ladies Pauline Gachihi 6’3’’.
Thank you very much Joyce for a fun filled day, with all
the goodies and the prizes and the dinner to wind up the
day, all provided by the various sponsors.
Rajiv Dhutia and Kim Lanxe shine during Nyali Mug and Medal