The better than average level of scoring for the Elimu
Foundation Charity Golf Day staged at Nyali Golf and Country
Club on Saturday 22nd September 2018 might be ascribed to the
dopamine produced by the knowledge that it was all for a good
cause, reports BY THE DRIVER.
The effect of that
feel good factor was reflected not only in some very good
scores at the top but also the fairly high level of performance
of the field in general.
In a field of 140
players, the number of players who managed to hit the thirties
was quite impressive.
A total of 66
players in all, which represented just slightly less than half
the field, carded 30 stableford points or above and the top
among them was Willie Mbote who crossed over into 40 points to
claim the Best Overall prize.
Willie was not only
the top scorer but did it with a great degree of consistency,
playing each nine with an evenly balanced score of 20 points and
quite remarkably, without dropping a shot to handicap on any
His each nine was
comprised of nothing less than regulation 2 points, with two
holes in each nine yielding 3 points, thus adding two surplus
points to reach the total of 20.
In the first nine,
it came through pars on the stroking 7th and 9th
and in the back nine, through pars on the 10th and
Best Junior with 35 points, receives a prize from Kericho Gold
Marketing Manager, Samson Musembi.
In sharp contrast,
the card for the next best scorer in line, Rishi Shah, displayed
a full gamut of scores, from a dot ball to the boundary score
of 4 and everything in between.
The dot came on the
very first hole which loss Rishi partially made up immediately
with 3 points on the 2nd but down he went again with
a double bogey on the 3rd to drop another point and
go into deficit of 2 again which he made up with two successive
pars on the 5th and the 6th, each worth 3
However, two more
double bogeys, on the 7th and the 9th cost
him a point each ending in the first nine score of 16 points.
With a determined
effort Rishi set about to make up the deficit and gain surplus
through pars on the 10th, 17th and 18th
and a bogey on the double stroking 13th, all worth 3
points each and then bang with a par on the double stroking 16th
yielding 4 points, the end result was 23 points for the nine and
just a point behind Willie in the total score to claim the Men
Next in the line
were two scores on 38, carded by Anand Patel and Joyce Masai.
Anand had to be
content with the runner up place but Joyce was the indisputable
winner in the ladies category, the next best lady, Jayne Githere
being a point behind Joyce.
Anand had made a
good start with 20 points despite a blank on the 5th
but immediately making up the loss with 4 points off a 2 club
birdie on the 6th.
Earlier he had
dropped a point to a double bogey on the 3rd but
picked up 3 points each off one over on the double stroking 2nd
and two successive pars on the 7th and the 8th.
The back nine also
contained 4 points on a hole, off a birdie on the 11th
which together with 3 points a piece scored off one over on the
double stroking 13th and pars on the 15th
and 16th came in very handy to make up the loss of a
point each on the 10th, 12th and 14th
through double bogeys and the blanked 18th to end
with 18 points.
Joyce had an even
better tally of 22 points in the first nine, despite a
disappointing start with a bogey on the 1st and
another bogey on the 6th costing her a point each.
She however more
than made up the losses, parring the remaining seven holes, all
of which except the par on the 3rd produced 3 points
Sadly she could not
continue in the same vein, starting the back nine with a blank
and losing another point to a bogey on the par five 17th,
of which loss she could make up only a single point with a par
on the 12th which yielded 3 points, the rest of the
holes giving nothing better than regulation 2 points, a total of
Jayne Githere was
followed by Susan Stokes with 35 points to complete the prize
line up on the ladies side while on the gentlemen’s side, there
was a three way tie for the remaining two prizes, involving
Titus Githaiga, Inayet Kudrati and Dimple Mehta, all on 36
Of the trio, Titus
was the clear winner with a breakdown of 16 and 20 to take the
third prize while between the other two, both with two even
nines of 18, a further scrutiny was needed.
with his 12 points over the last six holes against Dimple’s 11.
Despite a loss of 3
points coming off a double bogey on the 13th and the
blanked 16th, Inayet’s haul of 3 points each on the
15th, 17th and 18th made up the
deficit whereas Dimple scored regulation 2 points on all six
holes except the par five 17th which he played two
over and thereby fell short of a point.
There were several
other prizes to be won in other categories and also rewards for
all who played which included starting off gifts of T-shirts
from Mabati Rolling Mills, one of the sponsors, cooling drink
of iced tea courtesy of Kericho Gold and energy giving bananas
from Caterers Aboo at half time, afternoon tea and dinner to
round off the day .
very generously picked up the tabs for caddy fees, although
layers were free to pay their own caddy fees and donate the cash
offered by Mamujee Foundation to the Elimu Foundation which
quite a few players did indeed do.
The entry fees also
went towards the charity as did the raffles and the generous
donations from several sponsors, to all of whom and to the
participants who supported this worthy cause, asante sana.
Overall Winner: Willie Mbote 40 points
Men Winner: Rishi Shah 39 points
Men Runner up: Anand Patel 38 points
Men Third: Tirus Githagia 36 points
Men Fourth: Inayet Kudrati 36 Points
Lady Winner:Joyce Masai 38 Points
Lady Runner up: Jayne Githere 37 Points
Lady Third: Susan Stokes 35 Points
Best Senior: Jayman Patel 34 Points
Best Junior: Andrew Wahome 35 Points
Best 1st Nine: Rumil Jayasinghe 21 Points
Best 2nd Nine: Rohit Devani 22 Points
Men Longest Drive: Qamar Somji
Ladies Longest Drive: Susan Stokes
Men Nearest to the Pin: John Kashangaki 8’ 2’’
Ladies Nearest to the Pin: Joyce Masai 8’ 9’’
Team Winners: W Mbote/ B Mureithi/L Muchai/D Makau
Lucky Card: Murtaza Saeed