It was a weekend packed with golf fixtures, the last of the
official’s day, the Chairman’s Prize at Mombasa Golf Club, and
Winners’ Mug and Medal combined with the February Mug and Medal
at Nyali Golf and Country Club, all on Saturday 24th February
2018, reports THE MARKER
A little birdie
whispered to me, the Captain’s Prize at Vipingo also took place
over Saturday and Sunday.
With so much on
offer, a choice had to be made for those who could choose, which
resulted in divided numbers and thinner crowds at each venue.
The Winners’ Mug and
Medal is of course limited only to those who qualified by
featuring on the winners’ list at the mugs and medals played
during the year and the monthly mug and medal usually do not
attract the same numbers as other sponsored competitions where
prizes are big!
that, the number of entry at the February Mug and Medal at Nyali
played in conjunction with the Winners’ Medal, a total of 79 was
The Chairman, Elijah
Ibua too must have been pleased to see a good turn out of 63,
including his invited guests for his prize at the Front Club.
Martin Wahome beat
the entire field to claim the Chairman’s Prize with an excellent
score of 39 Stableford points.
Best Lady with 28 c/b, during 2017 Chairman’s Prize At Mombasa
Golf Club, receives a prize from Winenjiru Director, Wanjiru
Mureithi. Looking on is MGC Chairman, Elijah Ibua.
This came off 79
shots, Martin having played every single hole to the end, no
blank on his card !
Martin made sure of
a good count back by starting steady and reserving his best play
on the back nine.
His first nine score
was regulation 18 points, the result of three dropped points off
bogeys on the 1st, 3rd and 7th,
all three made up with 3 points collected off pars on the 2nd,
4th and 9th.
With a birdie start
on the 10th, Martin went two over par 38 shots on the
back nine, dropping only three shots against the birdie, on the
12th, 17th and 18th, the latter
two being stroking holes, so no damage as far as points go, both
yielded 2 points.
The birdie on the 10th
and pars on the 11th, 13th and 15th,
earning him 3 points each, Martin picked up 4 surplus points,
losing only one to the bogey on the 12th to finish
with 21 points on the back nine.
There was another
card with 39 points but it belonged to Gitari Warui, a guest and
so did not affect Martin’s position at the top on the main
Gitari would in any
event have given way to Martin on count back.
Having picked up 20
points in the first nine, off 3 points each on the 4th,
5th and 6th, losing just one on the 7th,
Gitari had a great start on the back nine, picking up 4 points
off a birdie and 3 a piece off pars on the 11th and
However, he dropped
points on the 12th, 13th and 17th
to finish with 19 points.
A mention must also
be made of Qamar Somji’s card.
He had a less than
satisfying start, one short of regulation 18 on the front nine,
the result of dropping a shot on the 3rd and two on
the blanked 7th, of which he managed to make up 2
with pars on the 5th and the 9th.
Qamar then had a
real flying start on the back nine, with three consecutive
birdies, the third a 2 club on the 12th, followed
with a par on the 18th, to pick up 3 points each.
troubles on par threes continued with the blanked 16th
and one more dropped shot on the 17th resulted in 20
points, a total of 37, two behind the Overall Winner Martin to
earn him the Winner Man prize.
nine gross was matched by the lowest score of the day on the
other side of the creek.
It was in fact the
only score in the seventies, carded by Vishnu Dhutia and earned
him the Best Gross prize for the Winners’ Mug as well as the
All the extra shots
taken by Vishnu came in the first nine, eight over par 44
resulting from bogeys on the 2nd, 3rd, 5th,
6th, 7th and 8th and double on
the 4th, finishing with nett 39.5., having used up
all his handicap allowance plus one.
handicapper had to make a determined effort which he did by
playing the back nine level par 35.
Although he dropped
a shot on the very first hole of the back nine, Vishnu made it
up with a birdie on the 12th.
He dropped another
shot with a bogey on the 13th but made a birdie on
the 17th to level up for the nine, finishing 31.5
nett, total of 72 nett which was also gave him the top prize in
The best nett in the
Mug however came from Paul Maiyo playing in B Division with nett
68, which earned him the top place in his Division.
Paul had not
qualified for the Mug of Mugs and so could only win the top
prize in the Subsidiary which was run along side the Mug of Mugs
for those who had not qualified for the main event, but he
obviously secured a place for the Mug of Mugs next year !
Paul made a perfect
start with nett 36, off 44 shot in the first nine.
He dropped a couple
of shots on the stroking 2nd and the 5th,
by playing both two over par, but made up with pars on the 3rd
He went even better
on the back nine picking up three shots with three straight pars
and playing the remaining within his handicap allowance, a par
on the 15th and one over for the rest.
There were a couple
of good scores in the Mug, nett 69 carded by Tariq Jamal in C
Division, followed by Inyet Kudarati with nett 70 which was also
the score carded by Aameen Dhanji in B Division.
Tariq’s nett 69
turned out to be the winning score for the Mug of Mugs.
Tariq played the
first nine to his handicap, despite two triple bogeys, a
horrible eight on the 1st hole and seven on the 4th,
but recovered with a shot saved on the double stroking 2nd
with one over and pars on the 5th and the 6th.
It was another
triple bogey six on the 10th but Tariq saved both
dropped shots with pars on the 11th and the 12th
and gained a shot with a par further down on the 15th.
One over on the
double stroking 13th also helped to bring his total
to nett 32.5.
The best score on
the Winners’ Medal on the ladies’ side was also nett 69, carded
by the young lady Alyssa Jamal, a name sake but no relation to
Tariq Jamal it must be said.
Alyssa had more
evenly balanced nines, 35.5 on the first nine and 33.5 nett on
With a par on the
first and one over on the double stroking 2nd, she
was off to two under handicap start but lost the gain by one
shot to a triple bogey on the double stroking 5th.
On the back nine it
was all within handicap allowance until the 16th
which she parred with a single putt, quite a feat, considering
the pin position !
She dropped a shot
to a triple bogey on the 17th but in the end finished
with one under handicap.
Alyssa also won the
top prize in her Division and a chop in handicap, from 23 to 22
taking her closer to Silver Division !
Tariq Jamal also
progressed from 21 to 20.
A couple of other
players too received chops, the Runner up in the Mug of Mugs
Reaz Alibhai and the third placed player in the Mug of Mugs
Aameen Dhanji on nett 71 both moved from 17 to 16.
Mombasa Golf Club 2017
Wahome 39 nett
Winner Man: Qamar
Somji 37 nett
Runner up Man: Mburu
Mwangi 35 nett
Third Man: Wilfred
Achilla 29 nett
Best Lady: Florence
Karimi C/B 28 nett
Runner up Lady: Mary
Mariga 28 nett
Best Past Chairman:
Mburu Kariuki 29 nett
Best Senior: Anthony
Gatemba 26 nett
Best Guest: Gitari
Warui 39 nett
Best Caddy: Andrew
Koligah C/B 36 nett
Runner up Caddy:
Salim Ali 36 nett
Best Lady Caddy:
Peris Bahati 20 nett
WINNERS’ MUG and MEDAL
WINNERS’ MUG and MEDAL SUBSIDIARY
Paul Maiyo 68,
Inayet Kudarati 70, Hilda Mugure 77.
FEBRUARY MUG and MEDAL