In the spirit of combining personal pleasure with altruism,
eighty two players took to the field on Saturday 8th
April 2017 at Nyali Golf and Country Club to play the Coast
Hospice Charity Golf Tournament,
reports THE MARKER.
This is an
annual tourney which helps raise money in aid of the Coast
Hospice, a place where the terminally ill patients find care
and comfort in their sunset days.
The field may
have been smaller than usual but was not lacking in quality,
especially at the top of the result sheet which was crowded
with good scores, the best being 39 stableford, followed by
a neat line up of second and third, each being a point
behind respectively with 38 and 37.
The top score of
39 was carded by Anthony Polo to emerge as the Overall
Starting with a
birdie, Anthony picked up 3 points straightaway and although
he lost the extra point earned on the first hole and one
more to the blanked 2nd, to go into a deficit of
a point, he made up the loss immediately with a par on par
three 3rd which yielded 3 points, followed by
another par on another par three, the 6th to gain
an extra point, but levelling up with a double bogey on the
7th which cost him a point.
A par on the 8th
however earned him another extra point to finish with 19
With four holes,
the 10th, 11th, 14th and 17th
yielding 3 points each and 12th, 13th,
15th and 16th worth regulation 2
points each leaving four surplus points in hand, the second
nine was definitely more profitable, until the 18th
where Anthony came to grief finishing with nil score and a
total of 20 points.
He was closely
followed by Christine Ockotch carding 38 points.
collected 20 points on the back nine but a slight hitch in
the first half, starting from the very first where she
suffered a loss of a point through a bogey and further down
on the 8th through a double bogey, although made
up with 3 points each on the 5th and 7th
off pars, ended her first nine with regulation 18 points.
She improved her
back nine score by 2 more, her 20 points comprised a birdie
on the 18th yielding 4 points and pars on the 13th
and 16th yielding 3 points each, depleted by just
a point off a double bogey on the 14th.
have fallen short by one for the top place but secured her
place as the top lady player.
followed with 37 points, starting slowly in the first nine
with 17, having lost a point to a double bogey on the 3rd
and blanked the 4th, he managed to make one up
with 3 points coming off a par on the 8th.
On the back nine
however, he parred four holes, starting with the 10th,
followed by the 11th, 13th and
finishing with the 18th but suffered the loss of
a point each through a double bogey on the 14th
and a bogey on the 15th.
Being third in
the score line and second on the men’s side, Vimal was
entitled to the Men Winner prize but declined it, very
generously deciding to donate it to the next best score, 36
points which was shared by a bunch of five players, Anand
Patel, Tushara De Silva, Fredrick Wagura, Paul Macharia and
Anand had the best count back of 20 points, with regulation
2 points on all holes except the 15th and 16th
where he picked up 3 each off a par and one over
respectively, leaving the rest to fight out for the last
remaining place on the men’s side.
The contest was
tight for this, three of the remaing four, Tushara, Fredrick
and Paul, all tied with 19 points while Aly was a bit of a
way behind with 15 points, despite picking up 3 points each
off pars on the 11th, 17th and 18th,
he lost all those surplus points and one more courtesy of
the blanked 15th and double bogeys on the 10th,
14th and 16th which knocked him out of
Among the trio
with 19 points, Tushara was the clear winner, having started
well with 3 points off a par on the 10th, he
dissipated the advantage through a bogey on the 11th
and the blanked 12th, but saved his best play for
the remaining six holes, regulation 2 points each on the 13th,
14thand 15th and then bang with a birdie on the
16th yielding 4 points and ending with a par on
the 18th worth 3 points and a total of 15 points
in the last six holes.
As with Tushara,
Fredrick too had a similar advantage for the last six holes
with his haul of 4 points off a par on the 13th
and 3 off one over on the stroking 16th but a
double bogey on the 14th dented his score,
leaving him with 14.
The last in the
line, Paul, had started well with a steady score of 2 points
each on the 10th, 11th and 12th
but for the crucial last six holes, dropped a point right at
the beginning, with a double bogey on the 13th,
followed by a loss of a point on the 16th through
He managed to
recover a point each through pars on the 15th, 17th
and 18th to finish with 13 points.
brought up the rear with the Best Junior prize with 33
points, made up with a rather poor start, blanking three
holes, starting with the very first, followed by 3rd
and 7th, ending the first half with 13 points.
In the back
nine, he went on to improve his position with 7 points more
than in the first, with pars on 10th and 11th
and one more par, on the 15th earning 3 points
each, reduced by a point on off a double bogey on the 12th.
A good day of
golf enjoyed by the participants which managed to raise a
tidy sum of Shillings 83,000.00 for the Hospice, leaving
everyone feeling like a winner.
A big Thank You
to all who played and helped achieve this result.