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Coastweek -- Akram Sheikh [2nd left], Overall Winner during Silicone stableford Challenge with 41 points at NGCC, receives a prize from, [from left], NGCC Captain, Bajaber Taib, CEO Crown Paints Rakesh Rao and NGCC Lady Captain Pauline Gachihi. GOLF PHOTOS BY GILBERT ONCHOKE
Akram Wins Crown Silicone Stableford Challenge

Coastweek -- In an increasingly intertwined world, if you dig deep enough you will find connections linking what apparently are unconnected activities and events, reports BY THE DRIVER.

That underlying interconnectedness between seemingly random occurrences was the theme of the speeches at the prize giving of the Crown Paints sponsored Silicone Stableford Challenge which was staged on Saturday 6th October 2018 at Nyali Golf and Country Club.

The theme was kicked off in his welcoming speech by Captain Taib Bajaber, an avid supporter of AFC Leopard, pointing out the connecting link between football and Crown Paint who supported his club way back in the 80s and now extending their sponsorship to golf at Nyali during his captaincy.

The CEO of Crown Paint, Rakesh Rao responded by tracing the long connection Crown Paint have had with Kenya in general and Mombasa in particular due to the particular quality of their paints which are specially suited to the hot humid coastal weather conditions which makes Mombasa one of their most important markets.

Admittedly during this long history of connection with Mombasa, Crown Paint did not directly sponsor golf competitions under their own banner but that does not mean lack of involvement on their part.

As the Overall Winner Akram Sheikh mentioned in his winner’s speech, Crown Paints have been connected to golf at Nyali through their generous support over a long period of time of the Roland Koch Charity Competition, a competition that Akram is closely connected with.

It was therefore fitting and personally very satisfying for Akram to win the Crown Paint sponsored Silicone Stableford Challenge.

And Akram won it convincingly, without any challenge from anyone in the field of 140 players, by carding 41 points, ruling out any possibility of a count back, by making his 41 points with a great back nine score of 23 points.

With eighteen shots in hand, Akram played the 1st nine to his handicap, with steady regulation 2 points on all but four holes, losing a point each on the 2nd and the 9th but off setting the losses with 3 points each off pars on the 3rd and the 7th to end with 18 points.  

On the back nine  it was  a blitz of pars, starting  straightaway  with first four holes and adding two more towards the end, the 16th and the 17th which earned him a total of 18 points.

He added four more points on the two par 3s, the 15th and the 18th where although he dropped a shot each to par, his score was well within his handicap allowance.

The only loss Akram suffered over regulation 2 points as on the 14th through  a double bogey, finishing  the back nine with 23 points off his knock of  four over par 39 shots .

Hot on his heels was Aameen Dhanji, making a great start with 21 points in the 1st nine despite blanking the 4th, through 3 points each off pars on stroking holes 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th and  4 points through a 2 club birdie on the stroking 6th.

To this total of 16 points earned over the five holes, Aameen added 4 more points through regulation 2 each on the 1st and 3rd and one more through a double bogey on the 2nd.  

On  the back nine too another blank, the 16th , cost  him a couple of points but which he more than  made up with  3 points each off pars  on the stroking  14th, 12th and the 14th, the rest  yielding regulation 2 points  to reach a total of 19 points which earned him the top place in the men’s category.

The next best score after Aameen was 38, shared by three gentlemen, William Kaguta, Martin Masara and Willie Mbote and a lady, Purity Mutinda.

Coastweek -- LEFT: Alyssa Jamal, Best Junior with 36 points receives a prize from Granton Mwakalama, Marketing Executive, Crown Paints as Deepak Shukia, Crown Paints, Area Sales Manager, presents a prize to Purity Mutinda, Best Lady with 38 points during Silicone Stableford Challenge at Nyali Golf and Country Club.

Among the three men tied at 38  for the three remaining prizes, there was a further tie between  William Kaguta and Martin Masara, both having carded 21 points on the back nine.

On further count back over the last six holes, William prevailed over Martin with his 15 points against Martin’s 14.

Martin had  made a better start with 7 points on the first three holes, his one over par on  the 11th being worth 3 points whereas William was one behind with 2 points each off pars on the 10th, 11th and the 12th.  

William continued with his par game, over the next three more, the 13th earning him 3 points but dropped a shot to a bogey on the 16th which he however immediately made up with a birdie on the 17th and then finished with a bang, with another birdie, a 2 club on the 18th, the end result being a fantastic back nine of one under par 34.

The last of the trio, the steadier Willie Mbote with an evenly matched two nines of 19 was beaten into fourth place.

The lady with 38 points, Purity is a new entrant to the game of golf, having recently acquired her handicap and made full use of the generous stroke allowance, picking up 5 surplus with 3 points a piece  through  one over on double stroking  4th, 7th, 11th,  12th and the 14th.

To this Purity added 4 more surplus points off two pars, one on each nine, on the double stroking 9th and the 13th yielding 4 points each, which more than made up the losses of a point each on the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 8th , 15th and 18th, leaving her in surplus of 2 points over regulation 36 for the round.

Lin Nicholls took the second place and Mary Kandu the third to complete the ladies prize line up.

The two age spectrum was represented by two ladies, the young Alyssa Jamal coming up as the Best Junior with 36 points and Anne Ndegwa the Best Senior with 34 points.

The CEO of Crown Paints who had been deterred in the past by an uncharacteristic low turn out on a previous occasion, was re assured by the overwhelming support this time and promised to continue with the sponsorship.

Asante Sana for that, for the prizes for the winners, the gift of T shirts to all participants and  the dinner  accompanied by  generous supply of the golden liquid of Johnnie Walker which  crowned the Crown Paint’s Silicone Stableford Challenge.

Three winners from the above competition, one from division A, one from division B, one from division C qualify to participate in the grand finale to be held at Muthaiga Golf Club on 7th December this year.

Coastweek -- Seen [from left] are Said Bajabber, Crown Paints CEO Rakesh Rao, Mombasa County Governor Hon. Hassan Ali Joho and County Executive Member - County Governement of Mombasa Hon. Taufiq Balala.

FULL RESULT:

Overall Winner: Akram Sheikh 41 points

Men: Winner: Aameen Dhanji  40 points

Runner up: William Kaguta c/b 38 “ 

Third: Martin Masara c/b 38 “

Fourth:  Willie   Mbote 38 “

Ladies Winner: Purity Mutinda 38 points

Runner up: Lin Nicholls 35 “    

Third: Mary Kandu 34 “

Best Junior: Alyssa Jamal 36 points

Best Senior: Anne Ndegwa 34 “

Longest Drive Man: George Munyao

Longest Drive Lady: Susan Stokes

Nearest to Pin Man: Muzahim Taib

Nearest to Pin Lady: Alyssa Jamal

             

 

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