Another “last game before lockdown” 12 members gathered for this event at Palm Garden. Weather conditions were pretty good. Unfortunately due to maintenance the greens were not very good. Let’s use this as an excuse that only 2 players scored their handicap or better. Josef was the clear winner today with 40 points, followed by Ricardo (36) and Dave, Helmut and Mike W all 35 points.Since there won’t be any more games in January we already have a January Winner; Mike Williams.Helmut is now an official member with 5 games. Welcome to the LC’s!
“Last supper” was at East of Highway where we celebrated numerous things. First of all the return and belated birthday (60 years young) of Iain, secondly Tony turning 71 next week. Both a big thanks for your contribution!We handed out the December 2020 medal going to Tony and we wrapped up 2020 Loose Cannon of the year. Despite his long absence Iain still came in as 4th winning the special prize; socks. Tony 3rd and Martin 2nd winning some MST vouchers and Ricardo as LC of the year with a floating trophy and a special golf shirt. Number 10 in the ranking was also eligible for a prize. Josef took that one.As usual the food -ordered by Tony- was very good and accompanied by a few Tigers that went down well. Take care everybody and hope to see you all after this lockdown again. Let this be the last one……..Stay safe!
After being washed away last week Kota Seriemas fully recovered and the 12 players had a beautiful day of golf (not the scoring…….). We teed off early under a blue sky and playing a golf course in a very good shape given the time of year where most courses are usually very wet and soggy.
Nobody managed to play his handicap today with Mike Williams as the winner scoring 34 points. Graham came in as number 2 with 31 points surprisingly followed by myself with 30 points after blopping the first 4 holes!We finished around midday, well in time to drive back to East of Highway where 8 members had a very good lunch -ordered by Tony- and number 9 Ricardo had to wait a while before the non spicy stuff arrived.
Mystery price for today went to Erol for a) enjoying himself on the golf course and b) producing the longest roll on the fairway………We also welcomed 2 guests; Helmut and Hans. For Helmut it was his 4th game already so next time he will be declared an official member of the LC’s.
Next week I have booked Palm Garden at 8:00 am. If we manage to get 4 flights we get a nice rate (10% discount). If it’s only 3 flights we have to pay the normal price (RM 255). So Cannons……………get out of your chair!
Next week we will also wrap up the remaining 2020 topics; December winner and LC of the year 2020.See the results below for both December and total year. We have several prizes available of course for the winner but also random…………
For the Xmas game we booked Bukit Unggul. We had 3 flights out and after a smooth registration and the traditional Xmas hat photo on the 1st tee box we all started well in time. The course was in an excellent condition with mostly good fairways and fine greens. The first flight including Tony took off as a rocket and we expected them to be in East of Highway by 10:30 am already. But then they got stuck behind a slow flight on the 2nd 9.
Flight one had all the top rankings of the day with Tony in 3rd place, followed by Helmut 2nd place and Ricardo winning today with an 80/39 score.
The lunch after the game was in East of Highway where Andrew organized some special Xmas arrangements. Andrew briefly memorized the Loose Cannons history and the dear members who are no longer with us. See his special report below. We wrapped up the year that has been a roller coaster for all of us and spoiling many of our plans. But luckily we were still able to play golf most of the time. And we even had our little away trip to JB. It was also good to see Hans attending the lunch. He is on the way back and we wish him a speedy recovery. Same for Andrew who hopes to be back on the course in 2021. As usual we had some very good food and a couple of Tigers did the rest.
A special thanks to the birthday contribution from Graham reaching the 70 milestone! Sorry that you had to receive another one of the LC sleeve of balls that you always seem to shoot into the jungle. Another special thanks to our ball sponsor Siggy, rewarded with a bottle. And to finish; a sleeve of balls for all the lunch attendees.
Last game next week will be at Kota Seriemas. Merry X-mas, Martin
Annual Summary by Andrew Robinson
Dear Cannons It’s been a funny old year with Covid all around us. But thankfully the Cannons are back out with their sticks and adhering to whatever rules are in place at the various courses. And Malaysia with barely 500 deaths so far has done rather well – UK with double the population approaching 70,000 deaths!
With our regular Xmas lunch venue, the venerable Coliseum, closed for renovations after some prevarication it was decided to have a more muted event in a private room at East of Highway after the regular Tuesday game at Bukit Unggul. 12 Cannons attended all wearing festive headgear – with Graham’s being the most eclectic!We paid tribute to those Fallen Cannons no longer with us, sadly 3 more this year. In chronological order we remember – Murray Preston, Gordon Wingate, Andre Holm, Roger Smith, Ray Funnell, David Hughes, Tom Holmes, Roger McGowan and Enzo Filoni. Rest in peace gentlemen.
And then it was time to welcome the Virgins – being those Cannons members attending their first Xmas lunch – Helmet. Joseph, Siggi and Martin. Not being able to get them on the bar at the Coliseum we did manage to get them on chairs for a light dusting and serenading by Tony in his own inimitable fashion.And then open season with poppers and whistles – sadly many of the poppers were kaput so a new supplier will be sourced for 2021.
The food was more than adequate in quality and quantity and washed down with much cold Tiger.Martin and Ricardo made two special presentations – one a Certificate to Andrew recognising his long support to the group and reaching 500 games! And the other being a bottle of something nutritious to Siggi for kindly sponsoring balls.And so on to 2021 and hopefully a vaccine in due time – to give us all a shot in the arm, no pun intended!
Wishing all Cannons, especially those still stuck overseas, a Merry Xmas and a Happy, Safe and prosperous New Year.
King regards, Andrew Robinson
Thanks to Ricardo Castro and Martin Belderink for the photos.
For the first game after the 2nd lockdown 14 LC’s gathered at Tasik Puteri. This course is normally in good shape but not this time…….. It had been raining heavily so the course was extremely soggy and on top of that the greens were off as well. So that was a bit disappointing. The good news about Tasik Puteri is that they heavily invested in safety; near every piece of water there are lifebuoys now!! WHY?? You can have a swim in between now while playing there…… They better put some more money in green maintenance. Only 3 members played their handicap or more and Tony (37) ran away with the victory today, followed by Mike and Robert both 36. Lunch after the game was at the club with only half of the group attending. We had to handle a few things like the October winner (Martin) and a couple of lockdown belated birthdays; Josef, Ricardo and Helmut all 3 rewarded with a sleeve of balls. Thank you all 3 for your generous contribution to the kitty. Next week we play Bukit Unggul followed by a Xmas lunch at East of Highway.
At the last moment some lost cannons found their way back to the group so we ended up with 3 full flights attacking Bangi. I haven’t seen it that busy in Bangi for a long time. Lots of golfers were probably out to play one last game before another lock-down started. Despite all this we were on our way around 8:00 am; playing the blue tees since Bangi is not that long. The course is in a good condition and still improving; very good value for money. Unfortunately flight 2 and 3 were held up by a slow flight that sneaked in on the 2nd 9. It took us at least half an hour more to get around.
We had some decent scores today with a number of players better or close to their handicap. Martin ran away with the money today (90/40), followed closely by Ricardo (81/39) and Tony coming in 3rd (88/38). See all scores below.
The monthly ranking after 2 games is headed by Ricardo and Martin with both 70 points, followed by Tony with 67 points.
Lunch after the game was at East of Highway. Thanks to Dave for organizing the table and the cold beers waiting for us since he was there already for about 45 minutes. The food is always good there and they didn’t disappoint us. We had a few mystery prizes to forget the lock-down misery. Sleeve of ball for Dave for keeping him waiting so long and also for nearly being killed by Brian on the first hole. Luckily Brian missed a lot of his targets today. Another sleeve for Ricardo since he plays so many times lowest gross. And the last sleeve for Robert playing most gross today.
Since the lock-down rules are unclear with regard to playing golf (especially the travel restrictions) we have to see whether we can play next Tuesday. The courses are open and have re-established the 1 person/1 buggy rule. A few groups have booked for the coming days to play golf so let’s see what that brings. It looks like we have to go for some trial and error………..I have booked 3 flights at Palm Garden 20 October 8:00 am. If it doesn’t work out I can always cancel. Let’s see………. So who wants to play; names please?
Thanks to Ricardo Castro and Martin Belderink for the photos.
The response was a bit disappointing with only 10 players this morning. We took off early and with nobody in front of us the first nine was over before we even realized it. Despite all the rain lately the course was in good shape and we started on Tasik which we didn’t play for a while. The 2nd nine (Puteri) didn’t go that smoothly since a group of beginners was in front of us and also playing from the blue………They let us play through but then we ran into another bunch of amateurs……. It made most of us a bit frolic. On hole 17 our 2 first flights ended up altogether on the T-box again and then decided to play a 6-ball; a bit playful behavior -honoring our society name- that most of us enjoyed. We still finished early. Scores were not great with nobody playing his handicap.
Winner today Jan with 100/32 followed by Ricardo (lowest gross) 89/31. See all results below. Thanks Jan for putting your prize money back into the kitty. We had our September medal winner to celebrate which is Josef thanks to his great performance at Bukit Beruntung early September. Well done!
Ricardo took over the lead in the annual competition from Iain who is still stuck in the UK. Allan holds the 3rd place. Another celebration was Robert Mulliss with 100 LC games. He generously donated money for the beersWe stayed at the club. Lunch at Tasik Puteri is always nice and good value for money and decent prices for beer.
Thanks to Ricardo Castro and Martin Belderink for the photos.
The first away this year after a long time waiting since we had to cancel the March trip due to our dear Covid friend. Quite a few members signed up at first and then pulled out again. Unfortunately for some it was health related. Both Andrew Robinson due to back issues and Hans Berger due to a mild stroke were amongst those pulling out. Get well soon guys and hope to see you on the next tour and on Tuesdays. Dave was another one at risk but his kids managed to get out of Malaysia in time so dad could enjoy his well deserved Holiday. We ended up with 12 players thus 3 full flights.
Most LC’s gathered Monday evening in the beautiful prison like Berjaya Waterfront hotel inside the tax free zone. The customs checkpoint every time you leave the compound enhances the “prison feeling”. Berjaya lived up to the expectations; run down as everything that has Berjaya in the name. But then again for RM 100 a night you can’t expect too much.
All members got a nice goodies bag prepared by Ricardo; including itinerary with towel, balls, bag tag and moon cake for good fortune. For the ones who couldn’t make it, the goodies bag is waiting for you; Iain, Hans, Andrew R and Allan W. Dinner was opposite the hotel with very good seafood and –since it’s inside a tax free zone- extremely cheap beer. Everybody happy.
Horizon Hills – 29th September 2020
The regular Tuesday game started at Horizon Hills were our founding father Mike Smith joined the party. The course layout is beautiful and of high quality although the greens were definitely not photogenic. But they were still true. And it’s challenging too; nobody played his handicap that day.
Despite driving in from Melaka in the morning Mike appeared to be in good shape. The old fox took us all by surprise and ran away with the RM 50 winning OCB (32), 2nd Graham (32) and 3rd Robert (30).
Robert played his 5th game today and is now official LC member. Mystery prize of the day (a sleeve of balls) was the most elegant player; Graham.
After checking the beer prices (RM 22 for a can) we decided to go somewhere else for lunch and ended up in Rock Bottom near Puteri Harbour. We had some decent food and a few beers to forget about our golf results.
Today’s low scores had no impact on the monthly ranking thus securing Josef’s position as winner of the September medal, followed by Jan and Allan Wright.
Mike Garwood arranged a nice venue for the evening on walking distance from the hotel where we had a Western style dinner including many “away bottles of wine”. Corkage was negotiated down to a reasonable level.
Starhill Golf Club – 30th September 2020
The next day we took off to Starhill; the 1st day of the away tournament. We left early to have breakfast there since the Berjaya breakfast was too low a quality to handle for most of us. Several lost parking tickets caused some delay in departure but we got there in the end.
Starhill is also a very nice golf course. The fairways are not a carpet but still very well playable. The rough is more challenging. The greens are nice and well maintained and running well. Given the price of RM 75 each very good value for money.
And the old fox almost did it again!! But he then realised that it would be a bit embarrassing for the other members so he held back a little in the second nine. Graham won OCB with 33 points (rewarded with a LC cap), beating Ricardo and Mike Smith; both also 33 points. Convener came in as 4th OCB with 32 points together with Mike G, Robert and Josef.
The mystery prize went to Glen for his most gross. Since he had a food poison issue we had the right present for him; toilet paper with golf instruction on it, killing 2 birds with one stone. Lunch was at the club this time with decent local food. They soon ran out of beer (!!) so we didn’t stay too long there and headed back to the hotel.
Luckily we booked our dinner nearby since we were hit by torrential rainfall early evening. Grab car saved us from drowning on the streets of Johor. We had another good night out with some very nice Vietnamese food and the remaining “away bottles of wine”. Some stayed a bit longer and really finished all the wines……….
Palm Resort Golf & Country Club – Allamanda – 1st November 2020
Early Thursday morning everybody checked out from prison –and passing checkpoint hassle free- to play the final round at Palm resort Allamanda course. Here we got our first decent breakfast; good coffee, eggs, roti…….excellent.
In reverse order based on the Wednesday results flights were arranged. Since the gap between lowest (28) and highest (33) scores was only 5 points everybody still had the chance to win the away tournament.
Allamanda was certainly by far the best of the 3 courses we played. We tried to find some downsides (old naggers as we are) but the best we could come up with was the closed windscreen in the buggy, the noise from the nearby Senai airport (3 planes in 4 hours….) and that Graham’s GPS wasn’t working probably because of air traffic control.
This course was in fantastic shape. Despite tons of water that came down during the night it was excellent. Fairways like a carpet, good greens and pretty fast but true, well maintained and scenic. Black clouds started to build up again during late morning not looking good. But despite a few drops we kept it mostly dry until the end.
The winner of the 2nd day was Jan with 38 points, followed by myself (37). Mike and Robert both scored 34 points. Unfortunately the old fox couldn’t find the rhythm from the previous days and left a few points behind. The wine from the night before and staying a bit longer with the Vietnamese may have done the job!? Ricardo started as a rocket with birdies and pars flying around until hole 6 but then kind of lost it. The silly game of golf…….
All this resulted in me winning the “Johor Bahru March away competition” (held in September). The Dutch conspiracy was completed by Jan raking up the 2nd place, followed by Mike G (OCB) on 3rd place.
Prize giving and lunch was at the club. Good quality food and they did not run out of beer this time. We had a range prizes for everybody; another toilet roll with golf instructions for Dave being last in the ranking. Most gross went to Glen rewarded with some special golf rice. Brian picked up some extra balls and won the lucky draw (bottle of brandy). Bernhard took a bottle of wine for 2nd most pars (Mike G had most pars but got another prize). Graham picked up some more balls. Ricardo shot most birdies winning a LC cap, Josef 3rd most pars with an MST voucher, 4th place Robert with a sleeve of balls (yet to deliver, sorry ) 3rd Mike G a special LC mug, 2nd Jan a special LC away cap and he took the other lucky draw; a bottle of wine and myself 1st place with a special LC Tumbler.
Mike Smith received a token of appreciation being the founder of this society; a certificate of acknowledgment and also a Loose Cannons cap for ending as number 8 in the ranking.
A special thanks to Ricardo for ordering all the prizes, all the number crunching and also sponsoring the wine lucky draw.
After all this most of us went back to KL ending up in massive traffic jams and heavy rain. Back to reality.
JB 19th Hole
Thanks to Ricardo Castro and Martin belderink for all the photos.
A great day to play golf. The weather was very nice to us, not too much sun. The course was a bit soggy on some places, not a surprise after the rain last day. For the rest the course was in good condition, a couple of greens were sanded, but even so very fast. It is a challenging course. When the ball is in the rough, it is not that easy to get it out in a decent way. But a good course, not too far away to travel and easily accessible. So worth while repeating.
The scores were very respectable, although no one equalled or played better than his handicap:
Martin won, (after his long holidays in Langkawi) on count back from Bernhard.Yes, personally I had a lot of problems with the course, which I played for the first time…………….
We had a good lunch in Lavaa, a new restaurant for a couple of us. Also this was a good experience.The mystery prize was for Ricardo with two birdies. Shared with paul, but as Paul was last weeks winner, the choice was for Ricardo.
The monthly competition is led by Josef with 78 points a large margin from Jan and Allan with 71 and Martin with 69. Don’t worry we still have one week to go!Next week we will have our trip to JB with 3 interesting and undoubtedly challenging courses. See you all there!!
Today we welcomed back Paul Geddes, for the first time in Loose Cannons for a long time! Welcome Paul!! He paid us back with a voucher which saved us quite some money on the green fees…👍
The course itself was in a very good condition. We played Mango and Pines, with a difference in the speed on the greens, but for the rest it was very nice to play there. The weather was very good to us, only when playing the last hole the sun came out, which made it hot, but that was only for one hole! If only the management could manage the flights on the course better. I don’t see the purpose of jumbo flights, in particular when they are in between other flights. The cross over from hole 9 to hole 10 gave a lot of waiting time, and of course that took the rest of the game a bit down.
Not so much for Paul, because he had the lowest gross score with 87, which ended him up in the 3rd place with Allan, both with 33 points. The 1st and 2nd place with 34 points went to Tony and Jan, where Jan won on countback on the last nine.
The mystery prize was for Paul. He won the real and only Loose Cannons cap, because he just came back and his generous donation for the day.