On Monday 9th May 2016, The Banda School hosted the inaugural stroke-play competition with five IAPS Nairobi and Up-Country schools entering A and B teams of mixed genre and age groups. Using stableford format of scoring the top 3 scores from each team member was recorded over 9 holes. The fourth team member’s score was recorded in case of count back.
The Karen Country Club boasts a championship course and has hosted The Kenya Open for the past 2 years. In this, our inaugural year and with Karen Country Club offering their course, our youngsters were lucky. Unseasonably prolonged rains had threatened the competition but the weather conditions were perfect on this day.
The mixture of competitors at both levels (A and B) playing 9-holes saw The Banda’s B team perform far better than expected finishing in fourth position.
In the A team competition Braeburn School included two handicapped players who were far too strong for the rest of the field, each scoring 22 points. Braeburn did win comfortably thanks to these scores.
The Banda School’s A team finished 2nd. Congratulations to Saxon Hutton, our most promising player scoring 19 points followed closely by Jai Mathieson, Lochie Stichbury and Rene Niskanen.
With The Banda’s emphasis on providing opportunities for all preparatory youngsters to compete, golf provides and attracts increasing interest as more and more young people take it up as a pastime. Looking for the unusual, the colourful and yes, even the luckless, as well as rewarding the masterly, this amateur preparatory team competition affords teams and individuals to aspire to compete in teams as well as head-to-head.
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