Following the train of golf competitions hosted by the outgoing
office holders, first at Nyali Golf and Country Club and the
latest, the Lady Captain of Mombasa Golf Club last week, it was
the turn of the Mombasa Golf Club Captain, Mark Mbua,
reports THE DRIVER.
As is customary,
Mark’s Captain’s Prize was played over two days, Saturday 17th
and Sunday 18th February 2018.
The main event was
open to the male members of the Club and invited male guests,
along with which a subsidiary event was run on Sunday to which
ladies were invited.
The caddies also
played their own competition the previous day.
Also in keeping with
the tradition, the first of the 36 hole round was on stroke play
format, to be offset by the points collected off stableford
scoring on Sunday, a definite respite after the tough medal
poster containing the view of the joint 2nd and 9th
green against the stunning back drop of the gleaning blue green
water of the Indian Ocean and the outline of the South Coast
beyond was mouth watering enough to tempt anyone eligible to
grab the opportunity to play on that spectacular course.
But as is well
observed, a thing of beauty, a thing of joy forever, can also be
a thing of great deception, concealing dangers lurking deep
down, not apparent on the surface.
That is what the
Front Club Course is famous for, which only those who have
played there often are familiar and therefore able to cope with.
One of them is Allan
Dainty, a past Captain and a veteran of the Club who probably
knows the Course better than the back of his palm.
Allan put all that
local knowledge to good use to produce a fantastic first round
score of nett 64 off one under par 70 blows, the result in the
main of keeping to the straight and narrow, not straying off the
fairways and getting on the greens within the stroke allowance.
Zayan Din, teeing off during during Captain’s Prize 2017
at the Mombasa Golf Club.
Allan made a steady
start with a par, bogey, par, par and then bang, a birdie on the
stroking par four fifth, which put him level par up to that
With pars on the
rest except the par three 7th which he bogeyed, Allan
finished the front nine one over par 36 shots, two under his
His back nine was a
sizzling display of par golf, starting with the 10th,
11th, 12th and 13th, followed
by the 15th and 17th, all these pars
interspersed with two birdies, on the par five 14th
and a 2 club on the 16th.
The only blemish on
the card was a bogey on the last, perfectly acceptable for a
difficult, stroking hole, to finish with 2 under par 34 shots,
On a day when
centuries were galore, a total of 27 which represented a little
over half the field of 50 and many more verging on a century,
Allan’s gross 70 was exceptional, being the only score in the
seventies, the nearest being eleven shots apart, 81 gross shot
by Qamar Somji.
However, the format
for this competition takes into account that great leveler, the
handicapping system, of which a perfect illustration was
provided by the next score in the line, a nett 65 carded by
Bernard Simiyu who stands on the opposite end of the handicap
arc, with his 21, against Allen’s 6.
Bernard made his six
under handicap nett 65 with a fantastic first nine knock of nett
30.5, through pars on the 3rd, 4th, 5th
and 9th, the fifth being a double stroking hole and
the rest all stroking holes, resulting in an advantage of five
shots under handicap.
He could not keep up
the momentum on the back nine, starting with bogeys on the first
five holes, the only pars coming on the 15th and the
16th but a triple bogey on the 18th taking
away the gain.
However, his total
of 45 shots was still within his handicap allowance on nett
A bit of distance
away from these top two leaders was another regular Mombasa Golf
Club player, former Chairman Peter Kimanga with 71 nett.
Peter started with a
bogey on the 1st, but immediately picked up a shot
with a birdie on the 2nd.
Then followed a
disappointing stream of bogeys, on the 3rd, 4th
and 7th and doubles, on the 5th, 6th
and 9th with just one par on the 8th to
bring the total to 9 over par 44, nett 37.5 for the 13
An improved back
nine resulted in four over par 40 shots, off pars on the first
and the last hole of the nine, with 2 birdies in between, a 2
club on the 12th and on the par five 17th
which made up for an unfortunate double on the 14th.
With six shots
allowance on the back nine, bogeys on the remaining four holes,
the 11th, 13th, 15th and 16th
kept his score in the red, finishing with nett 33.5.
Behind the third
placed Peter stood five players within four shots, Evans Manono
a guest player and Bharat Chavda on 73, Irfan Hassan and Mburu
Kariuki on 74 and Qamar Somji on 75, setting up an interesting
scenario for the deciding round to follow on Sunday morning.
The leader Allan had
quite a late start in the morning by virtue of the selected draw
and so should have had time to catch up on sleep and shake off
the after effects of any revelries of Saturday night.
However, he did not
seem to put to good use this advantage, taking time to warm up,
playing a rather indifferent first nine.
Starting with a
blank and blanking the 7th as well, he also dropped
points on the 3rd and 4th to bogeys,
finishing with no more than 12 points.
The start to the
back nine was marginally better, a point on the 10th
off a bogey and 2 points each on the 11th and 12th
off pars, time enough perhaps to have warmed up, Allan came up
with two straight birdies, the first of which, on the 13th
was worth 4 points and the next on the 14th and par
on the 15th worth 3 points each, picking up a total
of 15 points up to then.
However, he failed
to add any on the next hole, by blanking it but managed to pick
up regulation 2 points on the 17th off a par and then
added 4 points off third birdie, on the stroking 18th
to finish with an excellent score of 21 points.
Although his total
of 33 for the round fell short of the regulation score by three
points, set off against his first round score of nett 64
resulted in a differential of 31, five better than the
regulation differential of 36.
More crucially, it
turned out to be the best result on the board.
Bernard Simiyu who
was just a shot behind at the start of the second round was left
a considerable distance behind with the differential of 40 and
no one else was able to close up the gap, securing the coveted
Captain’s Prize for Allan.
Bernard was in the
same flight as Allan on Sunday and he too seemed not to have
fully recovered from the previous night’s after effects, though
he fared slightly better than Allan in the first nine.
He dropped two
points straightaway to double bogeys and another to another
double bogey on the 8th and two more to the blanked
fifth, losing five points over those four holes.
However, a bogey on
the double stroking 9th gave him 3 points, reducing
the deficit to four, a total of 14 points at the end of first
was yet to come on the back nine.
Two double bogeys,
starting with the 10th and on the 13th and
a triple on the 18th cost him 3 points each but more
costly were the blanked 14th and 15th,
resulting in a loss of seven points, end result of 11 points for
the back nine.
But as with Allan,
the same advantage of an excellent first nine score, in
Bernard’s case of nett 65, off set by 25 points helped him
retain his second position, the next best differential falling
by a single number, 41 carded by Mburu Kariuki who was joint
fifth in the leaders’ line up on Saturday.
Mburu too had his
share of dropped points on the first nine, with bogeys on the 1st,
3rd and 7th and blanked 6th, he
was short of five points but managed to recover two off 3 points
each with pars on the 4th and the 8th to
finish with 15 points.
On the back nine
Mburu made regulation 18 points, losing two points, starting
with the very first, the 10th through a bogey and on
the last, the 18th through a double bogey.
However, he squared
off both by picking up 3 each on the 14th and the 17th
by parring both.
Qamar Somji was the
last in line in the main prize line with a differential of 43,
picking up 32 points on Sunday to off set against his first nine
score of 75.
The best score for
Sunday did not come from any of the top scorers but from Eric
Nyongesa who had been lying fairly low on Saturday, obviously
resolving to do his best on Sunday to feature on the board.
Eric too found the
first nine tougher than the second, falling four short of the
regulation 18 points.
He lost a total of
five points through the blanked 2nd and 9th
and one more through a bogey on the 7th but made one
up by earning 3 points on the 6th off a par.
On the back nine
too, he suffered the blight of a blank, on the 16th
but a string of 3 points, made through birdies on the 10th
and the 14th and pars on the 11th and the
18th made up the loss and left him in surplus of two,
20 points added to the 14 of the first nine producing the best
Sunday score of 34.
There were several
other categories of winners, a full list of which appears below.
All the prizes and
all the usual perks of participating in a major competition,
such as the starting off gift of T shirts, refreshments at the
sixth banda, half time drinks, lunch, tea and the lunch
following the prize giving on Sunday were courtesy of a band of
sponsors, chief of whom were KPA, Mitchell Cotts, Power Parts,
Regional Logistics, Combrok Ltd, Njuca Consolidated, Kericho
Gold, Nulook Links and friends of the Captain.
Asante Sana to all
of them and the Captain for a weekend of tough golf combined
Winner Captain’s Prize: Mombasa 2017 Allan Dainty Differential
Runner up: Bernard Simiyu Differential 40 (65-25)
Third: Mburu Kariuki Differential 41 (74-33)
Fourth: Qamar Somji Differential 43 (75-32)
Best Guest: Evans Manono Differential 43 (73-30)
Best Past Captain: Martin Wahome Differential 51 (84-33)
Runner up Past Captain: Ben Mureithi Differential 58 (83-25)
Best Senior: Duncan Ndegwa Differential 57 (79-22)
Best Saturday: Peter Kimanga nett 71
Best Sunday: Eric Nyongesa points 34
Best Lady: Joyce Masai points 25
Runner up Lady: Wambui Warui points 20
Best Caddy: Elly Onditi nett 68
Runner up Caddy: Joel Maundu nett 73