Alyssa Jamal must have felt an acute sense of déjà vu when she
became a victim yet again of reverse ageism at the inaugural
Mombasa County Governor’s Golf Trophy played at Nyali Golf and
Country Club on Saturday 3rd November, 2018,
reports THE DRIVER.
The normal age bias
is in favour of the young who sideline the elderly in most
sphere of life.
In golf however, it
works the other way, youth having to defer to age.
The juniors have to
bow to their more mature rivals who prevail over the juniors in
order of priority when it comes to qualifying for prizes.
Regardless of the
scoring table, the prize table is not wide open to the juniors
who are confined to their own category.
This apparent ageism
is not as discriminatory as it might appear, the reasons for
it being grounded on sound economic considerations, the
juniors not paying the full membership dues have to accept
their second class status.
For the sake of good
order, it might be advisable to give this exclusionary practice
a firm foundation by putting it down as a clear, specific
condition in the normal conditions of play to avoid the
possibility of a challenge from a determined junior wanting to
have and eat his/her cake !
Alyssa is however
content to take her place in the prize line, knowing that her
good performance is recognized all around as was seen by the
effusive commendation she received from the Captain in his
welcoming speech and from Aameen Dhanji, the winner of the
Trophy, in his winner’s speech.
Ijaz Sheikh [right],
men winner with 38 points during Mombasa County Governors Cup,
receives a prize from H.E Governor Hassan Ali Joho.
It was not exactly a
promising start for Alyssa, having double bogeyed the very first
hole for just one point.
She also lost
another point to a double bogey on the 6th but made
up the loss and gained an extra point with 3 points through a
bogey on the 4th, only hole she double strokes off
her current handicap of 19 and with pars on the 8th
and the 9th, finishing with 19 points.
On the back nine it
was a flying start with a 2 club birdie worth 4 points and 3
points a piece with pars on the 15th, 17th
and the 18th, the only point lost in the back nine
was to a double bogey on the 16th.
Her toll of 22
points in the back nine would have given her a formidable count
back, should it have become necessary.
Between Alyssa’s 41
points and the Overall Winner on 38, stood another great
performance, a score of 40 carded by J Komo who too being a
visitor found himself excluded from the prize line, his good
score being its own reward.
While Aameen took
the Overall prize, he was not the only player who came up with
the winning number.
He was one among a
trio of equals, Ijaz Sheikh and Joyce Masai being the two other
with similar scores of 38.
On count back,
however, Aameen turned out to be more equal than the other two.
Ijaz made his 38
with a great display of consistency with two equal two nines of
19 points but which in fact worked against him in the count
back over Joyce’s 18 and 20 and even less balanced breakdown of
17 and 21 with which Aameen made his 38.
Aameen can thank his
bogey on the 1st and his blanked 2nd
costing him three points initially, of which he recovered two
with pars on the 7th and the 9th yielding
3 points each resulting in his less than regulation score of 17
points which placed him at an advantage in the count back, over
the steady scorer Ijaz and less erratic Joyce.
It was on the back
nine that Aameen raced ahead with four over par 39 shots,
comprising six pars, on the 10th, 12th, 13th,
16th, 17th and the 18th, all
but the par on the 18th yielding 3 points each.
He lost a couple of
points, to a double bogey on the 11th and a bogey on
the 15th but ended with 21 points, claiming the
Overall Prize of the day.
Such is the
fortuitousness of a chance that determines the winner.
Ijaz was not only
consistently balanced between the two nines but also made each
nine steadily, in the 1st nine without losing a
single point over regulation on any hole and picking up the
extra point off a par on the 6th.
Alyssa Jamal, best
junior with 41 points during Mombasa County Governors Cup 2018,
receives a prize from Taufiq Balala.
In the back nine he
did drop a point through a double bogey on the last hole but
having picked up two extra shots through pars on both par fives,
the 11th and the 17th covered the loss and
was left with a surplus point.
He was rewarded with
the top prize in the men’s category while Joyce came up top of
the women’s category.
Joyce did not have a
great start, losing a point to a bogey on the 1st
hole but made up the loss with a par on the 5th worth
3 points, the rest worth 2 points each.
She repeated the
same error at the start of the 10th with a bogey to
lose a point but lost no time in making it up and gaining an
extra point through a birdie on the very next hole, the 11th
for 4 points.
also yielded surplus, her par being good for 3 points and with
regulation 2 points rest of the way, finished with 20 points.
Joyce was followed
by two ladies, Mary Kandu and Purity Mutinda tying on 37 for the
Runner up prize.
Purity must have
fancied her chances for even a bigger prize than just the
runner up place through a count back when she picked up 4
points each off pars on two holes, the 12th and the
13th and earlier, one over on the double stroking
11th being good for 3 points.
already lost a point to her initial error on the 10th
through a double bogey, she dropped a couple more points to the
blanked 17th, finishing with 21 points.
A very determined
effort by Mary amassing 22 points put paid to Purity’s chances.
Mary too picked up 4
points with a par on the 14th and added two more
surplus points with 3 each off pars on the 11th and
15th without dropping any point below regulation 2
On the men’s side
also there was a tie for the Runner up position, also on the
score of 37 points carded by Dinesh Sasan and Daniel Ondenga.
Daniel failed to
match Purity’s count back of 21 points by on, making 20 points
after a disastrous start with a blank on the 10th but
picking up four surplus points with 3 each on the 11th,
13th, 14th and the 16th.
matched the Lady runner up Mary’s score of 22.
pro winner during Mombasa County Governors Cup 2018 at
NGCC, receives a prize from Mombasa Governor H.E Governor
Playing off 11, with
only five strokes in hand on the back nine, it needed something
special for Dinesh to pick up 22 points which he did with a
knock of one over par 36, packing two birdies, on the 11th
worth 4 points and a 2 club on the 15th worth 3
The rest were par
holes, except the 12th where he faltered a bit with a
double bogey costing him a point but his pars on the 13th
and 14th being worth 3 points each, the end result
was 22 points.
On the opposite side
of the age arc to Alyssa were two seniors, Jayman Patel and
Perviz Barnsley with 34 points.
The Daktari did not
allow his sense of chivalry to deny himself the pleasure of
winning the Best Senior prize, reportedly first time ever, by
beating the lady with his count back of 19 against 17, a couple
of bogeys, on the par three 10th and 15th
and worse two triple bogeys, on the 16th and 17th
costing Perviz a number of shots.
Jayman too had his
share of troubles, the blanked 16th and a couple of
double bogeys on the 10th and the 14th but
he finished with a bang, a 2 club birdie earning 4 points,
having already picked up 3 each on the 12th, 13th
Each nine were won
on a good score of 21, Charles Odoo taking the 1st
while for the 2nd nine there was a tussle between
Hildah Mugure and Purity Mutinda,
This was obviously
not Purity’s day, despite her haul of 4 points on two holes, the
12th and the 13th as the 12th
hole was out of reckoning in the count back over the last six
Her score of 4 on
the 13th was matched by Hildah’s own share of 4 on
the 14th and while Purity blanked the 17th,
Hildah did not lose a single point and on the contrary, added
two more surplus points on the par three 15th and 18th
Apart from the
prizes for the winners, all participants and their caddies
received T-shirts, there was half time refreshment, tea and
dinner that followed the prize giving which concluded the
inaugural Mombasa County Governor’s Golf Trophy presented to the
first winner Aameen Dhanji by the Governor who promised to make
it an annual event in Nyali’s calendar, a promise warmly
received by the members.
The Governor also
received a round of applause for his plans to set up coaching
and training for the less privileged children to give them an
opportunity to take up the game of golf.
Aameen Dhanji c/b 38 points
Men Winner: Ijaz
Sheikh 38 “
Runner up: Dinesh
Sasan c/b 37 “
Ondenga 37 “
Ladies Winner: Joyce
Masai 38 “
Runner up: Mary
Kandu c/b 37 “
Best Senior: Jayman
Patel c/b 34 “
Best Junior: Alyssa
Jamal 41 “
Staff Winner: Taufiq
Balala 33 “
Staff Runner up:
Said Guleid 30 “
Nine: Charles Odoo 21 “
Nine: Hildah Mugure C/b 21 “
Longest Drive (Man):
(Lady): Susan Stokes
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