District golf league way to go for sport
Over the past few years, the Nairobi District Golf League has continued to grow in stature. The teams have duly branded themselves, following in the footsteps of the Limuru Warriors, who named themselves first and many years ago. Indeed the success of the Nairobi District League is something the Kenya Golf Union (KGU) and club Captains should research and use to improve the KGU Golfer of the Year events that have continued to decline in stature. But that is a story for another day.
To strengthen the league, Golf Park and Ruiru were included and in its first few seasons, Golf Park enjoyed ‘schooling’ the bigger boys, especially at their challenging home course. Recently, Golf Park have found themselves on the wrong end of the ‘schooling’. Ruiru on their part have continued to impress, and although they remain at the bottom of the league table, they have earned a lot of respect from the big boys.
All in all the league has grown and fostered comradeship among the golfers, improving the standards of match play golf in Nairobi and preparing our elite amateur golfers for national duty.
However, the league is not without its controversy. For example, it is played on Sunday mornings and it is not clear why this day was advanced.
In the same light, ladies medals were played on Tuesday mornings. These were mainly played by expatriate wives in the early days of the game.
And despite the changing lady golfing landscape, many of these medals in the major clubs are still played on Tuesday mornings – effectively locking out the modern working lady golfers (and you wonder why the game is not growing!)
The Nairobi District League Matches 2017 Rules and Conditions were revised in January 2017 and as the league draws to a close, they have become subject to discussion after the Railway GC vs Windsor league match aborted several times. Railway are the league defending champions, and are currently second on the table with 136.59 points behind leaders Vet Lab with 147.33 points and Thika with 143 points. Railway have a game in hand, against Windsor at home, and the 11 points they need to win the league are as good as given. You can now see why Vet Lab would be adamant for Windsor to get all the 22 points or the Railway vs Windsor match not played at all.
In March, Railway sent the draw to Windsor ahead of the deadline as stipulated in Rule 6. Windsor claim they did not receive this draw, yet according to email trails made available to me, the draw was not only received at Windsor, but shared to other Windsor related emails. The match was not held. Following discussions between the two clubs and the Captains Committee the match was postponed and Railway duly sent in another draw on August 25, again, well within Rule 6; Windsor declined to play saying they had not agreed to this fixture.
According to Rule 7, teams that fail to honour fixtures forfeit all 22 points, and at some point within this email exchanges Railway, who are the 2017 league conveners awarded themselves the 22 points against Windsor. This decision was nullified by the Captains Committee who have now asked that the match be played on September 17.
However, there is a twist, the rules indicate that, “The last date for league matches for 2017 will be September 10. Matches played after this date will not be considered towards the monthly point standing.”
Was the Captains Committee right in amending their own rules? According to golf rules aficionado, SK Mwaura, the Golf Captains Committee is well within their rights to do so. “Rescheduling the day or time of a match or a competition either in its entirety or partially does not constitute changes to the conditions as anticipated by the R&A.”
Will Windsor show up at Railway on September 17 ? I have my doubts and indeed if they show up, it will be with an unmotivated small team. In the meanwhile, Railway will be charged and will line up 100 odd members, all willing to make Windsor eat locomotive dust!
Given the nyama choma (roasted beef ), muratina (traditional brew) and mutura (traditional sausage) that is likely to flow at Railway I intend to be present to partake!