The main contest was
however all about the ladies and among whom the race was tight
at the top.
Two ladies were neck
to neck, separated in the end by just a point, the winner
Truphena Oyaro clinching the title with 34 points, leaving Susan
Mwangi in the second place with 33 points.
Truphena made a
hesitant start, blanking the very first whole but immediately
made up the loss with 4 points earned through a fantastic second
shot on the second green close enough to be slotted in for a
It was however a
game of up and down, another blank coming on the 3rd
but after which she steadied herself to pick up regulation 2
points on the 4th, 5th, 6th and
7th and added 3 more off a par on the par five 8th,
with 15 points in hand by then.
She could add no
more, blanking the 9th.
Time to make amends
to off set the loss and so straightway Truphena picked up 3
points off a par on the 10th, only to drop the gain
of a point by losing one to a double bogey on the 11th.
The roller coaster
continued as she parred the next, the par three 12th
for 3 points.
Now with a point in
hand, she went steady with regulation 2 points each on the 13th
and 14th and then came the big bang, a birdie on the
difficult double stroking par four 15th yielded 5
points to take her to a total 16 points with three holes to
Two more points came
off a bogey on the 16th but the 17th which
earlier in the round, numbered as 8th, she had parred,
failed to produce any point at all this time round and the final
hole, the 18th produced only a point, to make a total
of 19 points.
But Truphena’s grand
total of 34 was good enough to clinch the Lady Captain’s Prize.
rival Susan Mwangi played out better first nine with 19 points,
losing a point each on the 1st, 3rd, 4th
and the 9th but made up three out of that with 3 each
on the 2nd, 6th and the 8th and
4 points earned on the double stroking 5th with a par
left her with a point in hand on the front nine.
Her back nine
however turned out less profitable, a point each lost on the 10th,
16th and the 18th and the blanked 12th
set her back five points of which she could only regain a single
point with a one over on the 15th yielding 3 points,
finishing with 14 points, taking the Runner up Lady prize.
distance away were Warui Wambui and Florence Karimi tied on 25
for the Third Lady Winner prize.
Warui beat Florence
with her count back of 12 over the last nine holes, where
Florence fell one short with 11 points.
In between the
Runner up Lady Winner and Third Lady Winner were several guest
ladies to vie for the Lady Guest Winner and the Lady Runner up
Guest Winner prizes, among whom were two Paulines, Gachihi and
Gichara, both from Nyali Golf and Country Club tied on 27
The Nyali Lady
Captain Pauline Gachihi beat Pauline Gichara with a better count
back of 16, in spite of dropping three points, on the 10th,
12th, 15th and 15th but making
up two by scoring 3 each on the 13th and 14th.
suffered a loss of 6 points by blanking the 10th, 13th
and 16th and could only make up a single point with 3
on the 14th to finish with 13 points.
Her 3 points on the
14th were largely as a result of a good drive which
also earned her the Longest Drive prize.
This report would
not be complete without the mention of an excellent performance
resulting in fact in the best score of the competition, 45
points carded by another Andrew, Andrew Koliga, the Caddy Winner
It may not however
be appropriate to compare this score to the scores in the main
event as the Caddies played on a different day, Friday 9th
February and the conditions may not be comparable to those that
obtained on Saturday.
The Front Course
offers spectacular views of the Indian Ocean from wherever you
look out which makes it an interesting experience to play,
whether you play well or not.
Some people actually
admitted to being there simply for the view, quite
understandable, looking at some of the scores.
The course was made
even more interesting to look at than normal by the very
colourful view on the field, the ladies, in their usual
meticulous planning with great attention to details, having
arranged the dress code of red and white.
It was good to see a
lot of gentlemen attired in the same colours and more colour
was added by the red T-shirts worn by the caddies, bearing the
logo of Huawei, one of the sponsors.
There was more in
store for the participants courtesy of the sponsors, KPA, DSTV,
INTERPEL, HUAWEI and NIC Bank, including the refreshing drink
of madafu at the banda by the 5th hole, tea and
coffee at half time and for those coming in at the end of the
round who found it tough going on the course an array of more
comforting drinks to go with the snacks.
The day ended with
prize giving, dinner and more drinks.
Thank you very much,
Mary Mariga for a very enjoyable Lady Captain’s Day, helped by
her Committee, friends and supporters and her group of sponsors.
Captain’s Prize: Truphena Oyaro 34 points, Runner Up Lady: Susan
Mwangi 33 points, Third Lady: Wambui Warui 25 points.
Guest Lady Winner:
Pauline Gachihi 27 points, Guest Runner up Lady: Pauline Gighara
Winner Man: George
Githinji 39 points, Runner up Man: Sunny Thethy 38 points, Third
Man: Bernard Simiyu 38 points.
Best Senior: Paul
Macharia 31 points, Best Junior: Andrew Wahome 40 points.
Nearest To Pin:
Longest Drive (Man):
Willie Mbote, Longest Drive (Lady): Pauline Gichara.
Winner Caddy: Andrew
Koliga 45 points, Runner up Caddy: Solomon Majanga 39 points,
Third Caddy: Swaleh Omar 38 points.