It is a well recognised fact that majority of golfers would try
and avoid any major commitment or put off even an important
assignment so as not to miss their Saturday game but some of
whom somehow find difficult to extricate themselves from a
pressing engagement that takes them away from the course when
there is a charity competition scheduled on a Saturday, reports THE
On such a Saturday,
the numbers suddenly drop drastically and this was the case when
Nyali Golf and Country Club hosted the Nyali Baptist Charity
Golf Day on Saturday 24th November 2018, when the
number was reduced to 108.
It is well worth
noting however, that those who entered the competition comprised
not just the Nyali Baptist Church members, not only players of
the Christian faith but also those belonging to other faiths
across the board, a testament, as the Captain noted in his
welcoming speech, to the multi faith composition of Nyali
membership and also included some who profess no faith but were
willing to come to support a good cause that benefits the needy.
While the Winners’
List was not over crowded with runaway scores like the previous
weekend, the competition still produced at least one
particularly outstanding score, 43 stableford points carded by
Kim Lanxe off a round of two over par 73 shots.
[right], Overall Winner with 43 points receives a prize from
Rev. Stephen Anyendo during Nyali Baptist Charity Golf Day at
Both above par
shots came in the 1st nine, the two over par 38 shots
through pars on all holes except the 5th and the 9th
which Kim bogeyed but at no cost of any points, both being
stroking holes for the 9 handicapper whereas his pars on the 2nd,
4th and the 8th gave him the three surplus
points for the total of 21 points, an excellent score by all
with one eye keenly behind his shoulders to watch out for any
possibility of a count back, Kim made sure to play even better
back nine, which he did by going level par with 35 strokes,
translating to 22 points.
This resulted from
just one dropped shot, on the par five 11th, but Kim
made it up by picking a birdie on the other par five, the 17th,
going par rest of the way.
The pars on the 13th,
14th, 16th and the birdie on the 17th
yielded 3 points each to add four extra points over the
regulation 18 points gained on the remaining holes.
Kim was separated by
4 points from the next best, 39 carded by Jimmy King’ori.
Also playing off 9,
Jimmy was only a shot and a point behind Kim at the end of the 1st
nine, with his knock of 39, translating to 20 points.
In an almost
identical pattern, Jimmy too went par all the way, except the 5th
where he dropped a shot, but unlike Kim, on the 9th
he dropped another additional shot through a double bogey and
thereby lost a point, finishing one short of Kim’s total, with
Jimmy could not keep
up with Kim on the back nine where he suffered loss of two shots
through bogeys on two par 3s, the 10th and the 18th
costing 2 points but his pars on the 13th, 14th
and the 16th earned him 3 extra shots to bring the
total to 19 points.
A couple of paces
behind Jimmy was Rimal Shah with 37 points.
Rimal did not have
the best of start, his bogey on the first, albeit worth 2
points, was followed by a triple on the 2nd costing
him a point.
immediately made up the loss and gained an extra point off a 2
club birdie on the 3rd, yielding 4 points.
Sadly, not only was
this gain was wiped off but he went into a deficit of one with
the blanked 7th but immediate recovery with 3 points
through one over on the double stroking 8th levelled
his score to a total of 18 points.
On the back nine
also Rimal picked up 4 points, off a par on the 14th
and in addition, earned two extra points with 3 each on the 11th
and the 18th.
double bogeys, on the 12th, 15th and the
17th cut into the surplus and left him with just a
single extra point over regulation 18.
continues his forward march, adjusting to his new handicap of
20, scoring 36 points.
Stokes [right], Best Lady with 36 points receives a
prize from Pauline Anyendo during Nyali Baptist Charity
Golf Day at NGCC.
He made a slow start
with 16 points in the 1st nine, despite a par on the
opening hole worth 3 points by losing 3 points through double
bogeys on the 2nd and 5th and worse, a
triple on the 4th.
On the back nine
too, having started with a par worth 3 points, he went into a
deficit of a point by blanking the 11th but then made
it up and added 4 more by a string of pars, on the 12th,
15th, 16th and 18th and one
over on the stroking 13th which took care of the
dropped shots on the 14th and the 17th and
left him with two over regulation, 20 points.
This score was also
shared by Susan Stokes which earned her the top lady prize.
Susan made a flying
start with a birdie on the 1st picking up 3 points
and progressed steadily with regulation 2 points all the way,
except the 5th where she lost a point to a double
bogey to end with 17 points.
It was back to a
birdie start, a 2 club on the 10th for 3 points,
followed by pars on the 11th, 13th and the
16th, but Susan lost the advantage of these four
surplus points through a double bogey on the 14th and
the blanked 18th, finishing with 19 points and a
total of 36 points.
Next in line was a
crowd of gentlemen, Shaham Eliatamby, Marco Giannandrea , Bharat
Soni and Clive Barnsley, all tied with 35 points for the last
available prize in their category.
Shaham and Marco had
clear advantage over the other two with their count back of 20
against 19 carded by Bharat and 18 by Clive.
The tussle between
Shaham and Marco went all the way down to the wire, both having
made identical scores of 16 over the last six holes, 8 over the
last 3 holes and finally on the last hole but which Shaham
parred for 3 points, whereas Marco having picked up his 3 points
on the previous hole off a par, ended with a bogey on the 18th
to lose the battle to Shaham.
Although Bharat and
Clive were both counted out for the fourth place, Clive being
the last in the tie, it was Bharat who finally lost out
completely whereas for Clive, another kind of number, his age,
came to his aid, placing him in the Seniors category where his
was the top score.
Alyssa Jamal brought
up the other end of the age spectrum with a similar score of 35
and similar breakdown of 17 and 18.
She lost a point to
a double bogey on the 5th and the 8th but
made one up with 3 off a par.
On the back nine her
two double bogeys, on the 12th and the 14th
cost her two points but both were recovered with pars, on the 11th
and the 15th.
completed the prize line up by taking the Runner up Lady prize
with 34 points.
As mentioned by Rev.
Steve Anyande, representing Nyali Baptist Church at the prize
giving ceremony, apart from giving spiritual sustenance to its
members, the Church also provides food, medical care and
education assistance to the needy and the funds raised through
the competition will go a long way towards this charity.
Thanks to all those
who contributed by participating in the competition and to
Solian Properties and Tristar Airlines who sponsored the prizes
for the competition.
Overall Winner: Kim Lanxe 43 Points
Men Winner: Jimmy Kingo’ri 39 “
Runner up: Rimal Shah 37 “
Third: Daniel Ondenga 36 “
Fourth: Shaham Eliatamby 35 “
Ladies Winner: Susan Stokes 36 “
Runner up: Pia Swatton 34 “
Best Senior: Clive Barnsley 35 “
Best Junior: Alysa Jamal 35 “