With this deficit of 2 points to cover, Qamar set about to start scoring on the back nine, catching a birdie on the stroking 13th for a haul of 4 points, preceded earlier with another birdie, a 2 club on the 12th which was worth 3 points.
Three more holes, the 11th, 15th and 18th, all stroking holes yielded 3 points a piece off pars, leaving Qamar with a surplus of 6 points, two of which two of which went to make up the blanked 17th and one towards the loss of a point through a bogey on the 16th, leaving him with the winning count back of 21 points on the back nine and the Chairman’s Prize.
Miqdad on the other hand had made a great start with 3 points coming off pars on the stroking 1st and 2nd and picked two more surplus points off pars on the 4th and 6th.
However, he lost three of the four surplus points through triple bogeys on the double stroking 5th and 9th and a double bogey on the 7th to finish with 19 points.
The start on the back nine was equally profitable as in the first nine, three points each coming off pars on the 10th and 11th.
He then produced 3 points off another par on the stroking par five 14th but lost all three surplus points to a double bogey on the 12th and the blanked 13th to finish with 18 points and lose the count back to Qamar.
His score of 37 points however placed him at the top of the men’s list.
Miqdad was followed by two gentlemen, Bernard Simiyu and Peter Mwangi on equal score of 35 points. Between them too the count back was clear beyond any doubt.
Bernard made his 35 with a break down of 15 and 20 while Peter went in the opposite direction with 20 and 15.
With two blanks, the 4th and 9th costing 4 points and one more through a double bogey on the 7th, Bernard still managed to finish the 1st nine with 15 by picking up 2 extra points with three each on the 2nd and 7th.
On the back nine Bernard had a haul of 4 points on the stroking 15th with a par which he repeated on the 18th which took care of the blanked 16th and a point each lost on the 13th and 14th.
But a gain of a point each on the 11th and 17th left him in surplus of two.
Peter too had his share of 4 points a hole through a birdie on the 8th which levelled off the loss of a point each on the 1st and the 7th and pars on the 3rd and 15th earned him 3 points each, leaving him with a total of 20 points for the 1st nine.
His advantage of this surplus was however lost on the back nine with the blanked 15th and two more points were depleted through double bogeys on the 10th and 16th.
Peter could recover only one point through a par on the 13th and ended with 15 points for the nine.
Wilfred Achila followed the two with 34 points to take the fourth place on the men’s side after beating Mark Mbua with his count back of 19 against Mark’s 15.
On the ladies side, Mary Mariga won with 31 points, Florence Karimi following in the Runner up place with 28 points.
The Best Guest prize was taken by a gentleman with a score that overtook the Runner up Man and the Runner up Guest prize was taken by a lady who overtook the Best Lady’s score.
This sort of performance of high quality by a guest is not usual at the Front Club but perhaps not so surprising considering that the Best Guest Daniel Nduva is completely at home with his long association with the Club as a junior and Regina Kaveke, now a visitor at Mombasa, actually started her golf at Mombasa and so is familiar with the demanding course.
Daniel produced his regulation 36 points with two very consistent nines of 18, albeit each containing a blank, starting with the very first and the 15th on the back nine, but the loss of two points on the 1st and one on the 3rd to a bogey was made up with a par on the 5th, the only stroking hole his handicap permits and birdies on the 8th and the 9th.
In the back nine birdies on the 13th and 14th made up for the blanked 15th.
One more birdie came along on the 17th but the point gain there was immediately lost to a bogey on the 18th.
There were prizes for the Best Senior, taken by Paul Macharia with 30 points and Best Past Chairman prize by Eric Nyongesa also on the same score of 30.
The Chairman had also invited caddies two of whom turned in very good performance on medal round, Salim Ali coming on top with 71 nett to take the first prize and Ellie Ondoti was the Runner up with nett 72.
The generous prize line and the refreshments, lunch and dinner were courtesy of a long line of sponsors, from the tea circle to which the Chairman belongs.
They were, taking in alphabetical order, African Tea Brokers, Anjeli Tea Brokers, Atlas Tea Brokers, Choice Tea Brokers E A Ltd, Combrook Tea Brokers, Kericho Gold, Prudential Tea Brokers, Union Tea Brokers, Venus Tea Brokers and friends of the Chairman.
The Chairman showed his appreciation by presenting tokens to the sponsors and friends and all others who helped him for the competition and through the year.
In turn, much to his delight, at the end of the proceedings, he was called upon to blow candles on and cut a surprise birthday cake to mark his birthday, bringing the day to a celebratory end.
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