Swinging for a worthy cause: Nyali golfer shines after false start

SPORTS-GOLF-SUSAN STOKES; SPORTS-GOLF-SUSAN STOKES; Nhyali Lady Golfer Susan Stokes makes a swing. She was the winner on 40 points of the 2017 Gertrude's Hospital annual Charity Golf tournament played at the par 71 Nyali golf and Country club course on Saturday,017th June,2017.[Maarufu Mohamed,Standard]

Stokes posts 40 Stableford points to win Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital Charity Tournament.

She is not new to the par 71 Nyali Golf and Country Club course in Mombasa County. After all, she has called it home for the last 10 years.

Susan Stokes, the golfer from Coast region and a veteran in her own right, enjoys unending golf skills and support from her husband John Stokes, who is a senior golfer and also the Nyali Club captain.

But Stokes has not been at her usual best this year. It has been a real struggle that thankfully changed on Saturday. At close of business, she gave a brief speech on the winner’s podium, having just bagged the overall title in the Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital Charity Golf Tournament.

This is an annual event where a particular area of charity work is selected and partners donate money raised through the golf tournament.

Stokes endured the challenging course to post an excellent score of 40 Stableford points and with that, claimed the overall title in the one-day tournament that attracted 100 golfers.

Despite a false start with a double bogey on the par-five first hole and later a scratch on the par-four 13th hole, Stokes got her groove back and brought 11 level pars in both nines after playing mixed bogey shots on the rest.

“The course has not been kind to me but this charity event called for utmost support as golfers,” said Stokes.

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