If you are
into a betting business, what odds would you offer for a player
getting a two club in a round of golf ? While certainly not
impossible, not even improbable, for an average amateur golfer
the chances of winning the ball pool would not be better than 50
-50, reports THE DRIVER.
would be considered not good enough in a majority of cases
to attract takers in sufficient numbers.
account the handicap level, accuracy of ball striking,
current form and most of all, putting touch of the player
concerned, the odds might go up or down a bit but to make
the bet really tempting, you would have to offer fairly
high odds and you might still feel confident that you
would not be called upon to pay out.
So to what
limit would you push the odds for a player getting not
one, two, three but four 2 clubs in a round of golf ?
Surely odds on
this well neigh impossibility would not just hit the roof
but go right through !
And just to
spice it up even more, as an extra inducement at even
higher odds, make it four 2 clubs on four consecutive par
You would be
forgiven for offering sky high odds and as you rake in the
bet monies, quietly smiling to yourself in the certain
belief that all those takings are yours for keeping.
Mary Kandu, Lady Winner with 36 points during Madison
Insurance Golf Day at NGCC, receives a prize from Madison
Insurance Finance Controller Patrick Muturi
Well, that smirk
would have been wiped off your face and you would have been left
stunned with the blow that would be dealt to you by Duncan
Kingori, who produced just that, an absolutely remarkable feat
of two clubs on the 6th, 10th, 15th
and the 18th during the Madison Insurance Golf Day at
Nyali Golf and Country Club on Saturday 28th April
Definitely worth a
look at Google to see if it is a first at an amateur club level.
To add to your
injuries, Duncan was not the only player, Ian Marshall was
another who too would have depleted your takings quite
considerably, having picked up two 2 clubs, on the 6th
and the 15th.
Both managed to
scoop a lot of balls but quite surprisingly, even with the 13
points Duncan picked up off his four birdies, the one on the 10th
being worth 4 points, his grand total of 37 was not good enough
to put him at the top of the score table.
While he stole the
show with his outstanding achievement, the top scoring honour
was claimed by Ian Marshall, jointly with another player, Walter
Both playing off 15,
tied at the top with 39 points, both with the same breakdown of
10 and 20, requiring a further count back over the last six
holes to determine the winner between them.
They scored their 19
points in the 1st nine in different ways, Walter
going steady, dropping just a single point off a double bogey on
the 5th but more than making up with 3 points each
off pars on the 3rd and the 7th.
Ian on the other
hand started with a blank but his 2 club on the 6th,
one of the two of the round, yielded 4 points to make up the
loss of the 2 points and a par on the 5th earned him
an extra point.
On the back nine, at
the end of the first three holes, Walter was one behind with 7
points with just one par on the 11th yielding 3
points while Ian had picked 8 points with pars on the 10th
and 11th earning him 3 points each.
However, on the
crucial last six holes, Ian lost out, despite making 3 points
apiece with a par on the 14th and a 2 club birdie on
the 15th thanks, or no thanks, to the blanked 18th,
finishing with 12 points.
Walter on the other
hand made 13 points.
He too picked up 3
points a piece with pars on the 13th and the 16th,
regulation 2 points on the rest, except the 18th
which caused him trouble too, but he got off with a bogey,
claiming the Overall Winner prize, leaving Ian to take the first
prize in the Men’s category.
There was quite a
crowd for the second place in that category, no less than four
players, Charles Rob, I Auma, Aameen Dhanji and Jon Stokes vying
on 38 points.
Rob robbed them all
with his clearly superior count back of 22, against Auma and
Ameen’s 19 and Jon’s 17.
Aameen and Jon not
only lost out on count back but on top of it, received a chop
each in their handicaps.
Jon however had the
consolation of winning the best first nine as well as the
nearest to the pin prize but even from that advantageous
position on the 18th, a 2 club eluded him, which just
underscores the fortuitousness of offering odds on that bet !
Charles secured his
runner up prize by starting slowly with 16 points, reserving his
better golf for the second nine with 22 points through a superb
knock of one under par 34 shots.
The loss of 2 points
in the 1st nine was the result of dropping four
points off bogeys on the 3rd, 5th and the
7th and a double on the 4th, making up
just two with pars on the 2nd and a two club on the 6th.
On the back nine, he
dropped just a single shot with a bogey on the 15th
but more than made it up with two birdies, on the 11th
and the 13th.
His birdie on the 13th
yielded 4 points while the birdie on the 11th
together with pars on the 14th and 16th
fetched 3 points each, leaving him with five surplus points set
off against just a single point lost to the bogey on the 15th.
Mary Kandu was the
Winner Lady with 36 points, followed by Alyssa Jamal with 35
points which placed her at the top of the Juniors category.
On the other end of
the age spectrum was Duncan Ndegwa to take the Best Senior
Several other prizes
were laid out by the sponsors who also rewarded each participant
with a starting off gift of a T-shirt and with a dinner to round
off the day, accompanied by a bottle of the Johnnie Walker
golden liquid on each table.
Many thanks Madison
Insurance and Johnnie Walker.
Walter Starzoch 39 points.
Winner Man: Ian
Marshall 39 points, Runner up Man: Charles Rob 38 points, Winner
Lady: Mary Kandu 36 points.
Best Junior: Alyssa
Jamal 35 points, Best Senior: Duncan Ndegwa 31 points.
Winner: M Wanyoike 28 points, Staff Winner: Stanley Karanja 18
Best First Nine: Jon
Stokes 21 points, Best Second Nine: Abdalla Taib 22 points.
Longest Drive Man:
Ranjveer Dhanjal, Longest Drive Lady: Vanessa Peris.
Nearest to the Pin:
(centre), Senior Winner
with 31 points during Madison Golf Day
at NGCC, receives a prize from Francis
Miano of Madison and NGCC Lady
Captain, Pauline Gachihi.