James Ondigo, the current head honcho at Muthaiga, has to step up to the plate “bigly” and deliver a memorable year opener.
The burden of greatness for the best golfers is that they are expected to win the best competitions.
There is a new sheriff at the home of golf, and all eyes will be on him to deliver a spectacular 84th Nairobi District Foursomes.
As the new and the not-so-new golf captains slowly ease themselves into their roles in the new year, the same cannot be said of the golf captain at Muthaiga Golf Club.
James Ondigo, the current head honcho at Muthaiga, has to step up to the plate “bigly” and deliver a memorable year opener. Having worked with him some years back when he was vice captain at Muthaiga, I know that he is up to the task.
For those that think that this is just another of many tournaments that will played in the course of the year, you are as wrong about it as the break on a downhill six-footer putt.
This is the tournament that announces the top players to watch in the year. The winners at last year’s Nairobi District Foursomes was the pair of Edwin Mudanyi and Robinson Owiti. Mudanyi went on to bestride and dominate the 2017 Kenya Amateur Golf Championship. This has been the same of other players in past years.
In this match play competition that pits a pair of golfers playing shots alternately in every hole, they are always careful not to play when it is not their turn.
In last years Nairobi District Foursomes I noticed that a number of golfers were not very sure who was allowed to mark the position of the ball on the green.
I silently watched as one caddie laboriously explained that the player who was meant to putt would be the one to mark the position of the ball on the green. In one instance, a golfer who had chipped the ball onto the green had to wait for a while for his partner to arrive and mark the ball.
In another, a player missed a five-foot putt to win the hole and the ball rolled more than a foot beyond the hole.
He looked to his opponents hoping for a concession for the half, but they were not feeling sufficiently philanthropic. When the player looked like he was about to mark the ball, his partner, who was already off the green and preparing to tee off at the next hole, warned him not to as it was his turn to play the next shot.
The way he did it seemed to imply that he assumed that if his partner marked the position of the ball, they would lose the hole.
This is, however, a misconception. The position of the ball on the green can be marked by the player, his partner or anybody permitted by the player.