We have to
come out and try and save not only the particular bunker
but the fairways, the golf course as a whole to ensure
our continuing enjoyment of the game.
day certainly was, the first Golf Day held by G A
Insurance Company and judging by the encouraging response
from the club members, hopefully to become a regular
fixture in the golf calendar.
It would be
fair to say, no one enjoyed it more than John Smith, the
Winner of the inaugural G A Insurance Golf Day, not only
because he clinched the title but also because, by his own
account in his winner’s speech, it was one of those days
when everything came easy and effortless.
A good round
of golf in great company made it a perfect day for John.
John did have
his ups and downs though, a double bogey on the very first
hole set him back a point and the blanked 7th
and 16th costing him further 4 points for the
two holes, a total loss of five points but there were more
holes with redeeming features, the best being the 11th
where a birdie yielded 4 points and 3 points coming off a
string of pars, starting with the 2nd, 3rd,
6th, 9th, 13th, 17th
and 18th, a gain of 9 points, leaving John with
a surplus of four, a total of 40 Stableford points.
breakdown of 19 and 21, John had made sure of a good count
back but there was no call for a count back, John’s 40
points being clear of 3 points from the next in line,
carded by two players who could pose no threat to John,
both being Juniors, Andrew Wahome and Kelly Rob.
From the main
field of contenders, the next best score was 36 carded by
two Josephs, Oluoch and Kaguru and Pia Swatton.
clearly the Winner Lady, next score in the ladies line up
being 35 from Ulla Grimwood.
Pia’s 36 came
off a clean card, without any blank but in the first nine,
a number of single point scores, on the 2nd,
and the 8th through triple bogeys and the 6th
and the 7th through double bogeys, cost her
four shots of which she managed to make up two with 3
points each off one over on the double stroking 4th
and the 5th.
On the back
nine it was regulation 2 on every hole except the 10th
and the 14th where Pia picked up 3 each off a
par and bogey respectively to finish with 20 points.
was not around to take her prize, after playing in the
morning, the treacherous journey through Mtwapa Town in
the evening perhaps deterring her coming back and so
Florence Karimi derived the benefit of taking the Runner
Up Lady prize.
Of the two
gentlemen tied on 36, it was the steady round of two equal
nines of 18 with which Joseph Oluoch managed to beat his
name sake Joseph Kaguru who produced a less balanced
halves, playing out his better golf in the 1st
nine with 20 followed by 16 in the crucial back nine where
Oluoch lost a
couple of points with the blanked 3rd and
another through a bogey on the 7th but made up
all three lost shots off pars on the 4th, 5th
and the 9th.
On the back
nine also three pars, on the 11th, 13th
and the 14th earned him 3 extra points but off
set by bogeys on the 12th and 17th
and a double on the stroking 16th.
Kaguru made a
great start with 3 points each on the opening 1st,
2nd, 3rd and with another on the 8th
picked up 4 extra points but lost 2 through the blanked 5th
ending with 20 points in the 1st nine.
He opened and
closed the back nine with loss of a point each and also
lost two more through the blanked 11th, making
up only two off pars on the 14th and the 15th.
To decide the
Junior Winner between Andrew Wahome and Kelly Rob, it was
quite a contest, both with a good score of 37 points and a
similar back nine score of 20, requiring a further count
back over the last six holes.
It was the
steady Kelly with a regulation score of 12, with his par
on the 14th squaring off a bogey on the 15th
who lost out to Andrew who picked a tremendous score of 16
points over six holes, with 4 points off his par on the 14th
and 3 each on the 16th and the 17th.
On the other
end of the age spectrum was Mzee Duncan Ndegwa taking the
Best Senior prize on a good score of 35 points.
given a hearty applause when he collected his prize and
was asked to make an acceptance speech, in which he traced
in a brief outline those early days when he was introduced
to what was still considered a “a white man’s Game” but
was then opening up and was taken up by young enthusiasts
from other races like him.
it was to round off the day with a dinner, accompanied by
complimentary drinks from the sponsors to whom we say many
thanks and come back again !
Winner: John Smith 40 Points.
Joseph Oluoch c/b 36 Points, Man Runner Up: Joseph Kaguru
36 Points, Man Third: Saj Shah 35 Points.
Pia Swatton 36 Points, Lady Runner up: Ulla Grimwood 35
Andrew Wahome c/b 37 Points, Best Senior: Duncan Ndegwa 35
Nine: Sanjeev Dhutia 21 Points, Best Second Nine: Michael
Mbugua 21 Points.
(Man): William Kaguta, Longest Drive (Lady): Joyce Masai.
Nearest to the
Pin: Nigel Hanson 7’ 11’
Pia Swatton, lady winner with 36 points receives a
prize from Vijay Shah while Joseph Oluoch (right),
men winner with 36c/b receives a prize from Sashit
Shah during G.A Insurance Golf Day at Nyali Golf and