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Frank Harter (right), men winner during 2017 Lady Captain Prize at Nyali Golf and Country Club, receives a prize from Tom Soigwa of EPZA. He won with 44 points. Susan Stokes (left), winner of 2017 Lady Captain Prize with a differential of 19, receives a prize from 2017 Lady Captain Joyce Masai. GOLF PHOTOS BY GILBERT ONCHOKE

Nyali Golfing community say ‘Thank You' so much Joyce Masai

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 regulation 18.

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 points.

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 19 points.

Following the duo, in a long prize line were the following:-

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 points.

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 12th.

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 a double.

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.


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