OVER THE WEEKEND OF 8TH AND 9TH OCTOBER, THE BANDA PARTICIPATED IN THE STOWE PUTTER HOSTED BY PEMBROKE HOUSE AT GILGIL GOLF CLUB. PEPONI HOUSE AND BRAEBURN GR ALSO TOOK PART. EACH TEAM HAD FOUR PLAYERS WHOSE SCORES WERE RECORDED OVER TWO DAYS OF PLAYING NINE HOLES ON EACH DAY.
The Stowe Putter was first played 50 years ago in Stowe School in the UK and is the oldest prep school golf competition. A former teacher from Stowe came to Pembroke School in Gilgil and brought a replica trophy with him. He invited other British curriculum independent prep schools to take part in the competition. This has adding value to our vast extra-curricular choices offered at The Banda.
On Saturday, both Peponi and Braeburn had very impressive combined scores of 62 stableford points each. Stableford is a scoring system used in golf, it involves counting points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole and under stableford rules the purpose is to have the highest score. We were in third place on 55 followed closely by Pembroke on 47.
We needed to make up 7 points on two teams if we were to stand a chance of winning. Saxon, Captain of The Banda team was the first to tee off on Sunday and came back with 21 points, 4 better than his previous day's score. Ewan followed with a brilliant 20 points improving by 5. Nicolas and Josh also improved by 2 and 3 shots, respectively.
When the last group came in, all the scores were calculated, where we all improved on our scoring the other schools went backwards. Our boys pulled out all the stops to win The Stowe Putter by eleven points ahead of Peponi. Saxon our Captain also came second in the individual competition.
Overall, a great result by a very well-behaved team, except for Ewan having a pillow fight with a Braeburn student at midnight. Well done to The Banda Team consisting of Saxon Hutton, Joshua Soanes, Nicolas Filippou, Ewan Van Niekerk and Mr Peter Walsh for mentoring them in the game.
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