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Four exceptional scores in the Friends of Captain Golf Tourney 

Coastweek -- The game of golf is acknowledged to be a mini reflection of life, mirroring all of life’s ups and downs, pluses and minuses, highs and lows, reports THE MARKER.

Take the fact of life that of the billions of people that populate the planet, vast majority toil and struggle and barely survive while the select few at the top thrive.

As in life, so it is in golf.

In the Friends of Captain Golf Tournament played at Nyali Golf and Country Club on Saturday 1st July 2017 for instance, out of a field of 75 who entered the competition, the masses were at the bottom, ranging in nett scores between 80 and 101, no more than 10 players managed to cross the poverty line to get to the lower side of 70, a few more, twenty two to be precise, just managed to reach the higher side of seventies.

What stood out in this catalogue of mediocracies and worse, were four exceptional scores at the top of the pile, the four “haves” in the midst of the many “have nots” who rose to the sixties.

Top among these was nett 65 scored by an outsider, Habiba Hasan, a member of Mombasa Golf Club who was invited to play as a guest.

Coastweek -- Willie Mbote, Men Winner with 67 Nett during Friends of Captain Golf Tournament at Nyali Golf and Country Club, receives a prize from Christine Ockotch.

Habiba’s nett 65 was followed in a neat order of 66 carded by Vishnu Dhutia, Willie Mbote’s 67 and ending with Boniface Mungai on 68 to complete the line up in the sixties.

Playing off 36, Habiba had the luxury of two strokes on every hole which she made the most of, nowhere better than on  the par three 3rd, where she struck a three under her handicap, genuine 2 club birdie.

It was in fact in the 1st nine, considered by most as more difficult nine, that Habiba picked up all her six under handicap shots to make nett 30.

She dropped only a single shot over handicap with a “double par” six on the par three 6th, playing four other  holes one under her allowance, starting with the very first, followed by the 2nd, 5th and 8th and the rest within her handicap.

The back nine was a more sedate affair with nothing more than just the ordinary handicap  level  par of nett 35!

This she managed despite another “double par”, an eight on the 16th and a triple bogey eight on the 11th, depleting three shots from her handicap allowance but three holes, the 15th, 17th and 18th which she played one under handicap made up the loss. 

Coastweek -- Nimisha Shah, Lady Winner during Friends of Captain Golf Tournament with 77c/b nett, receives a prize from Kenneth Mwige at Nyali Golf and Country Club. PHOTO BY GILBERT ONCHOKE.

Being a visitor, Habiba had to be content with the Best Guest prize, forfeiting the top prize of the day, to Vishnu who fully deserved the Overall Winner prize with his knock of three over par 74, five under handicap nett 66. 

Vishnu dropped all the three over par shots in the 1st nine, through bogeys on the 3rd, 4th and the 8th, parring rest of the holes.

On the back nine he did drop two shots to bogeys on the 12th and the 17th but made up both through birdies, a three on the 16th and a 2 club on the 18th to finish level par 35.

Standing next after Vishnu, Willie Mbote made an absolute flying  start with two consecutive birdies gaining three shots advantage, followed by another shot saved off a par on the stroking 3rd but lost two of the four shots to a  bogey on the non stroking  5th and a double bogey on the 6th, playing the rest within handicap allowance, finishing with two under handicap nett 34.

On the back nine too he played two under handicap nett 33, off four over par 39, the result of bogeys on the 10th, 13th, 15th and 18th, the rest being pars, which earned him the Men Winner prize.

A shot behind Willie, taking the Runner up Men position was Boniface Mungai.

Boniface had 18 shots in hand, a shot on each hole which he used well with pars on the 1st and the 5th and a 2 club birdie on the 6th and continuing with steady one over on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 7th picking up five shot advantage.

However, he wasted away three shots off a double bogey on the 8th and worse a triple on the 9th ending with two under handicap nett 34.

He repeated a similar two shots under handicap score  in the back nine, despite a spate of double bogeys on the 10th, 16th and 18th but his pars on the 11th, 12th, 13th , 15th and 17th not only took care of the three lost shots  but left him with nett 33.  

The rest of the players on the Winners Board played above their handicaps.

This included the Lady Winner Nimisha Shah who having been off golf for a while has recently re-emerged on the scene.

Nimisha however had to fight off a challenge from Farida Saeed, both carding nett 77.

Nimisha was the clear winner on count back, having left the worst behind in the 1st nine which she finished five over handicap, 41 nett.

She lost five shots on the first four holes with triple bogeys on the 1st,  2nd and 4th and a double on the 3rd.

Another shot was lost to a double bogey, on the 6th making a total of six but she saved one shot through one over on the double stroking 7th.

A much improved 2nd nine followed, with two  shots over handicap, nett 36, despite a triple bogey on the 13th and a double on the 14th which she made up partly with one over on the double stroking 17th.

Farida on the other hand a more balanced breakdown with a marginally better 1st nine of two over handicap nett 38 and nett 39 on the back nine, having shot two over handicap on the 10th and one over each on the 15th, 17th and 18th out of which she could only regain one with one over on the double stroking 16th.

Paul Macharia was the Best Senior with nett 75 whereas Alysa Jamal, the Best Junior could not have been too  thrilled with her winning score of nett 85.

Alysa has definitely seen better days and this might be an unusually poor performance but she was no exception, this was the norm, given the conditions of the day. 

Friends of Captain are apparently not friends of the rest of us, selecting a medal round for what really was expected to be a fun competition, trying and testing our nerves further by placing pin positions more suited to championship competitions on all except a couple of holes.

I rest my case !

This is in no way meant to disparage the very commendable, and much appreciated, effort put in by the Friends of Captain to organize a competition on a day that would have otherwise gone without our normal Saturday afternoon activity.

Many thanks for the prizes for the winners and for the rest, providing us the opportunity to go out in the open and get some exercise and for a very enjoyable 19th hole with food, drinks and fun.

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