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.
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
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.
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
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
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
The next best score
after Aameen was 38, shared by three gentlemen, William Kaguta,
Martin Masara and Willie Mbote and a lady, Purity Mutinda.
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.
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
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
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.
Akram Sheikh 41 points
Men: Winner: Aameen
Dhanji 40 points
Runner up: William
Kaguta c/b 38 “
Third: Martin Masara
c/b 38 “
Mbote 38 “
Purity Mutinda 38 points
Runner up: Lin
Nicholls 35 “
Third: Mary Kandu 34
Best Junior: Alyssa
Jamal 36 points
Best Senior: Anne
Ndegwa 34 “
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Longest Drive Lady:
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