In an increasingly intertwined world, if you dig deep enough you
will find connections linking what apparently are unconnected
activities and events, reports BY THE DRIVER.
few false starts, on and off, on again and then off again, the
postponements resulting from a variety of reasons enumerated by
Captain Taib Bajaber in his welcoming speech, the annual SANLAM
Golf Challenge competition finally took off at Nyali Golf and
Country Club on Saturday 13th October 2018.
competition attracted 122 players, of whom slightly more than
the majority, a total of 67 to be precise, had reasons to be
pleased with themselves for having stayed above the poverty
line, rising above the score line of the twenties, going into
them, three players broke through the ceiling to get into 40s,
albeit, two of them, Christine Ockotch and Captain Taib Bajaber
being just on the verge with 40 points.
third, Yobesh Oyaro, perhaps having had enough of the barbs
thrown at him of allowing his other half to take the honour of
winning too often, determined to prove his own mettle, rising
above all in the field, with 42 points to take the Overall
(right), Lady Winner With 40 points
receives a prize from Lilian Onyach.
started well with a par on the 1st and went on to
pick up 9 points in the first four holes, the surplus point
coming off a par on the stroking 3rd for the thirteen
illustrative of how the best laid plans can sometimes go wrong,
were the next two holes, both of which he blanked, resulting in
a big hole in his tally of points, reducing it to a deficit of 3
points at that stage.
deterred by this temporary set back, Yobesh steadied himself and
picked up 2 points each on the next two holes through one over
par and finished the first nine with a bang, birdying the 9th
for 4 points and a respectable total of 17 points.
on the back nine that Yobesh showed his real intent with a
superb knock of one under par 34, coming off five straight pars
and a 2 club birdie on the 15th, all producing 3
points each, continuing with his par game over the remaining
holes out of which the par on the 16th was worth 3
points, resulting in a total of 25 points.
count back situation, this number would have been quite
definitely unbeatable but the eventuality did not arise.
Bajaber and Christine Ockotch shared the next best score but
playing in separate categories, there was no contest between
them, each taking the top place in their respective categories.
confessed “good captain, bad golfer”, words which the Captain
used to describe himself, had no reason in this particular
instance to be apologetic about his game.
score of 40 coming off 18 points in the first nine, comprised of
regulation 2 points on all holes except the 1st which
he bogeyed to lose a point but which he made up immediately with
3 points on the 2nd coming off a par.
nine was even more impressive with nothing less than regulation
2 points on every hole, the 11th, 13th, 14th
and 15th being better than regulation with 3 points
each, the 15th off a 2 club birdie producing a total
of 22 points.
Christine had an identical break down of 18 and 22 but made in
a more up and down manner.
nine contained a double bogey, on the 4th costing her
a point and worse a blank on the following hole, the par five 5th.
her 2 club birdie on the 3rd and pars on the 6th
and 8th earned her 3 points each to off set the
loss, levelling with regulation 18 points.
Niran Hirani, Best Junior during Sanlam Golf Challenge at
NGCC, with 36c/b, receives a prize from George Kuria.
nine had a flying start, another 2 club birdie on the 10th
adding 4 points to the total straightaway.
consecutive pars thereafter and two more, on the 15th
and the 17th added 12 more points, a total of 16
points over those six holes.
Regulation 2 points each on the 13th and 14th
brought the total to 20 and with two singles, off a double bogey
on the stroking 16th and a bogey on the 18th
the final total to 22.
gentlemen’s side, Omar Lewa followed the Captain closely with
39 points in the Runner up position, followed by Muzahim Taib
with 38 points in the Third place.
ladies side, Christine was followed by two ladies, Perviz
Barnsley and Pia Swatton with similar score of 38 and both with
identical back nine of 22 points.
further scrutiny, Perviz got the better of Pia with her 16
points over the last six holes, resulting from a string of 3
points on the last four holes, added to 2 regulation points on
the 13th and the 14th.
the other hand played out her better golf in the first three
holes, picking up 3 points each.
3 points also on the 14th and even better 4 points
off a par on the 16th but lost two of the three
surplus points through double bogeys on the 15th and
beaten by Perviz for the Lady Runner Up prize, Pia did not end
up a loser, her score placing her at the top of the Seniors
while the Best Junior prize was claimed by to Niran Hirani who
however had to contend with the regular best junior contender
Alyssa Jamal, both having posted a good score of 36 points.
managed to beat Alyssa with a breakdown of 15 and 21 against
Alyssa’s 16 and 20.
made sure of a better count back over Alyssa by dropping just a
single point on one hole on the back nine through a double bogey
on the starting 10th with the rest regulation or
better, while Alyssa dropped two shots to double bogeys on the
14th and the 16th.
many acknowledgments of appreciation that the Captain made
during his speech at the prize giving, one special mention was
for the Green Keeper, Gulam Khaku for heeding the Captain’s
suggestion of 666.
those not conversant with golf parlance, it should be clarified
that this is not the Beast’s Number as commonly understood .
golf course, the number signifies three categories of pin
positions, namely easy, medium and difficult.
Green Keeper in fact did one better by providing greater number
of easier pin positions, which presumably explains good overall
level of scoring, including the Captain’s, and thereby achieved
the Benthamite utilitarian ideal of “greatest happiness for
greatest number” among the golfing population !
in several winning categories, T-shirts for all the
participants, half time refreshments, lunch, tea and finally
dinner and drinks from the sponsors rounded off the SANLAM Golf
thanks, SANLAM for all that and the promise to come back.
Winner: Yobesh Oyaro 42 points
Winner: Taib Bajaber 40 points
up: Omar Lewa 39 “
Muzahim Taib 38 “
Winner: Christine Ockotch 40 points
up: Perviz Barnsley 38 points
Senior: Pia Swatton 38 points
Junior: Niran Hirani 36 “
Winner: Humphrey Ndaiga 32 “
Winner: John Paul 29 “
Drive (Man): Vimal Ranpura
Drive (Lady): Joyce Massai
to Pin (Man): Mwangi Mburu
to Pin (Lady): Susan Stokes