Alyssa must very nearly have gone through the same déjà vu
experience, once again, writes the
She is no stranger
to knocking the best round in the field but finding herself
sliding down the line, to the Best Junior prize.
resigned herself to the same fate when she recorded the best
score yet again in the inaugural Autocats International Limited
Golf Day competition which took place at Nyali Golf and Country
Club on Saturday 8th December 2018.
As was mentioned in
this column last time Alyssa found herself in this situation in
the County Governor’s Challenge Competition, the reason for her
relegation to Junior category may be based on sound economic
principles, in that juniors do not pay full membership
subscri-ptions and consequently are not exactly equal to their
elders, and may justifiably be treated as “lesser citizens”.
This was indeed the
reason put forward by the committee which way back in time made
a decision to this effect and which has been followed without
question since then.
A more cynical view
whispered in the corridors of the Club, more vociferously at the
Bar counter, is that the decision was taken not so much on this
premise which sounds reasonable but was prompted more due to the
sudden upsurge of talented juniors on the golfing scene who
started sweeping the best prizes off the prize table, much to
the chagrin of their elders.
[left], men winner with 36C/B and Alice Wahome, lady winner
with 34 points receive prizes from Autocats Int. Ltd Managing
Director Saqib Farooq during Autocats International Ltd Golf
Day. GOLF PHOTOS BY
assigning any such ignoble motive and giving the benefit of
doubt to the committee which made the decision, perhaps time has
now come to review the decision, particularly taking into
account the fact that majority of the competitions hosted by
Nyali are now open to members of other coastal clubs who do not
pay membership subscriptions to Nyali.
Junior members on
their part do not in fact go scot free; they not only pay subs
applicable to their membership class but also pay the full entry
fee for the competition and play off the same tee positions as
their elders, grounds enough not to shut them out from taking a
well earned prize.
To avert the
possibility of a determined challenge to this practice of
exclusion of juniors from the main prizes, it was suggested in
this column that it should be clearly spelt out as a condition
It was gratifying
therefore to see that confronted with the same situation once
again, the Competition Committee deliberated and came to the
right decision this time.
And so it came to be
that Alyssa finally got her rightful due, the Overall Prize in
the Autocats International Limited Golf Day competition, beating
a field of 130 players, admittedly a slightly reduced number
than what has been the norm last few competitions.
Without in any way
denigrating the performance of the top scorers, it was also
noted that the winning scores were slightly lower than the spate
of 40s that have been recorded lately, Alyssa’s top score being
38 stableford points.
She made it with a
steady 1st nine score of regulation 18 points,
followed by two under handicap second nine score of 20 points,
off 41 strokes.
Alyssa dropped two
shots to handicap in her 1st nine with double bogeys
on the 4th and the 8th losing a point each
but made up with pars on the 5th and the 8th,
both worth 3 points.
In the back nine she
dropped only one shot to handicap through a bogey on the non
stroking 18th but with pars on the 13th,
14th and the 17th, yielding 3 points each,
the lost point was covered and two more points added over and
above the regulation points to a total of 20.
In place of the
usual prize line up, the Overall category had two additional
prizes, Overall Runner-up and Third Overall, compensated by a
reduction of prizes in the ladies and gentlemen’s categories to
a single winner prize each.
There were no less
than six gentlemen, tied with scores of 36 points, contending
for the two prizes in the Overall category and the winner prize
in the men’s category.
It was however no
big deal for the competition committee to determine the order
winners, John Smith being the clear winner with his count back
of 22, followed in easy descending order by Bruno Gerber with
20, Allan Mola with 19, knocking out the other three, Heinz
Breitner and Aameen Dhanji tied with 18 and Zafar Imtiaz with
With his lowest
count back of 16, Zafar stood no chance and was the first to bow
After a good 1st
nine score of 20, courtesy 4 off a 2 club on the 6th,
Zafar continued with good work, picking up 3 points off pars on
the 10th and 11th but then faltered a bit,
losing four points through double bogeys on the 14th,
16th, 17th and 18th to end with
Heinz and Aameen
were steady scorers, with two equal nines of 18, but such is the
irony in count back situation, their steady game did not win
them the race, Allan with his count back of 19 prevailed over
On a further
scrutiny between the two, Heinz would have prevailed with his
regulation 12 points over the last six holes, against 9 made by
Aameen who played out his better golf over the first three holes
with straight pars all yielding 3 points.
Aameen also added 3
more points off a par on the 14th, but threw away all
the surplus 4 points with a bogey on the 15th, double
bogey on the 16th and worse, blanked 18th.
Heinz on the other
hand played steadily with regulation 2 points on 13th,
14th, 17th and 18th, picked up
one extra point off a par on the 15th but lost it to
a double bogey on the 16th.
Their count back was
however of purely academic interest as Allan had a better back
nine score to take the sole prize in the men’s category.
Allan did not have
the best of starts, losing a couple of points to the blanked 2nd
and another point to bogey on the 7th.
However, he made up
the loss partially with2 extra points earned off two birdies, on
the 5th and the 9th.
On the back nine too
he lost a couple of points to the blanked 14th but
made up the loss and gained an extra point through pars on the
13th and 16th and another birdie, a 2 club
on the 15th, to end with a total of 19 points.
The next in the
ascending order of count back was Bruno with a breakdown of 16
Bruno lost a couple
of points in the 1st nine to end with 16 despite
taking steady regulation 2 points on each and every hole, except
the 4th which he blanked.
He managed to
improve his back nine score by 4 points, despite a triple bogey
8 on the double stroking par five 11th and a double
bogey on the par five 17th, costing him a point each
but his par on the double stroking 12th yielded 4
points and made up the losses.
With two additional
points earned with one over on the double stroking 13th
and 14th, Bruno finished with 20 points to claim the
Third Overall prize.
The Overall Runner
up John had even more of an uneven breakdown with a very slow
start in the 1st nine, blanking the very first hole
and then losing a point each to double bogeys on the 2nd,
4th, 8th and the 9th.
However, his pars on
the two par three, the 3rd and the 6th
went some way to reduce the deficit to 14 points.
It was on the back
nine that John picked up his game, adding 8 more points to his 1st
nine score of 14 points, with pars yielding 3 points each on
four holes, the 10th, 11th, 13th
and the 18th, the rest all being regulation 2 points
to finish with a total of 22 points.
The Lady Winner
prize was claimed by Alice Wahome with 34 points, the same
winning score recorded by the Junior winner Brandon Oyaro while
Clive Barnsley took what is almost turning out to be his
reserved place of Best Senior with a score of 31 points.
The longest drive
turned out to be a family affair, with William Kaguta and Mary
Kandu taking the prizes in their respective category.
Qamar Somji hit his
Tee shot nearest to the pin on 18th, a mere 2 feet,
four inches away.
Apart from the
prizes to the winners, Autocats took care of all who
participated with a start off gift of a T shirt and a cap,
refreshing tea at the end of the round and a dinner to round off
Off the course some
very tantalising top range motor cars were with prices slashed
down to very affordable levels.
Thank you Autocats
for all that and the promise, very well received by members, to
come back again.
Alyssa Jamal 38 Points, Runner up: John Smith 36 c/b, Third:
Bruno Gerber 36 c/b.
Men Winner: Allan
Mola 36 c/b points, Ladies Winner: Alice Wahome 34 points.
Best Senior: Clive
Barnsley 31 points, Best Junior: Brandon Oyaro 34 points.
Longest Drive (Man):
William Kaguta, Longest Drive (Lady): Mary Kandu.
Nearest to Pin:
Qamar Somji 2’ 4”