At the end of her 1
st nine, Wambui may not have entertained any hopes of winning
the top prize, despite having made a great start picking up 3
points with a par and then a birdie on the 2 nd yielding 4
points but she then lost her way a bit with two consecutive
double bogeys costing a point each, greater loss coming through
the blanked 7th and yet another double bogey on the 9th,
ending with 2 below regulation, total of 16 points.
Not to be
disheartened, on the back nine Wambui went on a blitz of pars,
on the 11 th, 12th, 13th, 14th,
15th, 16th and the 18th, all
but the last carrying 3 points each, the only small blot on the
card being a double bogey on the 17th costing her a
Rohan, the winner in
the men’s category had a more balanced round of 19 points in the
1 st nine and 20 in the back.
He made the gains of
a point each with pars on the 1 st, 6th and the 9th
but lost two to double bogeys on the 5th and the 8th.
On the back nine
too, three holes yielded 3 points each, with pars on the 10 th ,
16th and the 18th, with only a point lost
to a double bogey on the 15th.
Right behind Rohan
on 38 were two gentlemen, from two end of the handicap arc,
Suresh Hirani playing off 21 and William Kaguta off 3.
It was the higher
handicapper Suresh whose count back prevailed over the steady
round of William with two evenly balanced nines of 19 each.
William produced his
19 in the 1 st nine with one over par 37 shots, gaining a shot
on the very 1 st hole with a birdie, following with a par on the
stroking 2nd which yielded 3 points each.
However, he dropped
two shots to bogeys on the 4th and the 7th
, the latter costing a point, overall a surplus of one.
On the back nine,
birdies came along on two holes, the 12 th and the 14th
and a par on the only stroking hole, the 13th, all
yielding 3 points each.
But he lost two of
the surplus three points by uncharacteristically blanking the
par five 17th.
Suresh made a steady
start with regulation 2 points off one over on the 1 st, then
gaining three extra points with one over on the stroking 2 nd
and 4th and a par on the 3rd.
However, he lost all
three surplus points to double bogeys on the 5th, 6th
and the 8th to finish with 18 points.
It was on the back
nine where Suresh improved his tally with 4 points coming off a
par on the stroking 13th and 3 off another par on the
14 th to gain 3 extra points, out of which he lost just one with
a double bogey on the 17th.
Vanesa Peris was the
Runner up Lady with 36 points. Good scores were also recorded by
the Best Senior Peter Kariuki and the Best Caddy Solomon Majanga
both with 37 points.
Apart from the
winners, the level of scoring was generally good, no less than
68 players getting into 30s.
One of the reasons
advanced for this was that every player who started felt like a
After all, it is not
often that you pocket a pack of balls even before you indicate
an intention to participate in the ball pool and pay for your 2
It may be this
starting off gift packet of three balls perhaps that put
everyone on a winning mode and made the going easier, combined
with the fact that the pin positions were more friendly than at
any time in the last several months which could account for the
better scores on the board.
Apart from the gift
pack, there were other rewards for the participants, half time
refreshments, lunch, tea and dinner to wind up the day with a
free bar for all, the beautiful prizes for the winners and
tokens of appreciation for the Committee and all who helped the
Chairman through the year.
The Chairman had a
team of sponsors, led by his own company Empire Kenya, Nyali
Centre and Johnnie Walker and G A Insurance put up an enticing
prize of a gleaming white Polo Vivo for the first hole in one on
G A could however
rest assured, there were 2 clubs, the Nearest To The Pin shot
coming fairly close to the hole but not close enough to claim
The Chairman thanked
the players for turning up in large numbers to make his day a
He also recognised
the services of the staff members who made his task during the
year easier and enjoyable by giving cash gifts.
reciprocated by coming out in their customary manner to show
their appreciation to the Chairman, dancing to the tune which
had everyone thumping their feet, bearing a delicious cake.
The Chairman called
upon his significant half and a group of friends to help him cut
the cake which was demolished quite quickly!
Prize 2017: Mburu Kariuki 40 points, Man Winner: Rohan Perera 39
points, Man Runner up: Suresh Hirani 38 points, Man Third:
William Kaguta 38 points, Lady Winner: Wambui Warui 39 points,
and Lady Runner up: Vanesa Peris 36 points
Best Past Chairman:
Gulam Khaku 32 points, Best Senior: Peter Kariuki 37 points,
Best Junior: Kelly Rob 35 points, Guest Winner: Steve Rukwaro 32
points, and Best Caddy: Solomon Majanga 37 points,
Longest Drive (Man)
Japheth Obonyo, Longest Drive ( Lady) Joyce Masai.
Nearest to the Pin
(Man ) Raphael Thyka, Nearest to the Pin (Lady) Wambui Warui.