‘Loose Cannons’ Northern Tour 26-29th March 2012

First Announcement:
The NORTHERN TOUR details follow.

The Northern Tour is proposed for March 26-29, as follows:

Monday 26th – Taiping and drive back to Ipoh for 3 nights
Tuesday 27th – Clearwater – the regular weekly Cannons game + Monthly Medal
Wednesday 28th – Meru Valley – Day 1 of Away Comp
Thursday 29th – Meru Valley – Day 2 of Away Comp & return to KL
Option 1 – the Full 4 day/3night tour
Option 2 – Clearwater/Meru Valley 3 day/2night tour
Optioin 3 – day trip to Clearwater for the weekly game
Arrangements are to be finalised, but in the first instance please indicate if YOU WILL JOIN THE TOUR, and if so, WHAT OPTION YOU TAKE UP. 
Your early reply to ANDREW ROBINSON is appreciated!
[Note: Tour Leader – Andrew Robinson. Loyal Assitant Hans Berger.]

Results Raman Putra Golf Club 28th February 2012

With the last minute withdrawal of Erol {(some urgent business has just come up!) code perhaps???} 19 LC’s teed it up at Rahman Putra under a cloudless sky with just the slightest breeze to help cool the otherwise hot conditions. We played Hills and the course was in excellent shape if a little soft in places, but spoilt a little by uncut tee boxes but it did have very nice greens. But there was much more to the morning than the condition of the course.

Mats on his first visit to a ‘LC’ game strolling the fairway.
Looking towards the 9th green on ‘Hills’.
Since we were last at RP misinformation and Malaysian bureaucracy has taken hold of the club. When I called them last week I was told that senior citizens had a special rate of RM56. This included GF, Buggy sharing & insurance but proof of age would be required. Fair enough. For the youngsters the guest rate would be RM108. As a result I asked all our seniors to bring along the requested proof of age. However, upon confirming our numbers as I arrived this morning I was informed that the“special senior rate” only applied to Malaysian citizens and the proof would be a MyCad. The good news however was that the walk in guest rate was RM82.50. So having explained this to the assembled LC’s I collected RM110 from everyone (except 2 members who somehow managed to pay for their GF together with their payment for 2 caddies.). So off I go to register, having filled in the 5 registration forms only to be asked for every ones handicap. OK, no problem, just a bit more bureaucracy. Of course I had to point out that 2 had already paid and was then advised that in addition to the RM82 every flight had to have one compulsory caddy. Why the fuck they couldn’t have told me this at the beginning I have no idea. And why the fuck they didn’t explain this to Jeff & Ray again I have no idea. Stupidity I suppose.
The registration process was protracted to say the least. This included amongst the other bureaucratic nonsense the laborious writing out of Bag Tags with everyones names and the equally laborious filling in of “Meal Vouchers”. These however could only be used I was informed, for Breakfast!!! Which turned out to be just as well as the next bit of nonsense was about to be thrust upon us. They don’t take CASH anymore. All F&B bills have to be paid by Credit Card!!!! John Laidley I believe, settled his RM8 bill by this means before the vouchers arrived. The mind boggles.
Eventually we got to the 1st tee only to have to wait for 2 flights of walkers to tee off and we finally got our first flight away at 8:30 and my god were these walkers SLOW.
More problems at the 3rd hole, as Vincent was about to take his second shot, a buggy pulls up along side and the female idiot from the registration desk that took the money (oh yes, money is OK for paying for the golf apparently and for the RM50 deposit for the locker key) starts waving a piece of paper and calls to me. Vincent shanks his shot into the trees. Not a happy camper. Well it tuned out that one of the RM100 notes I had given her had a corner missing and she wanted me to change it. As our lawyer pointed out to the said idiot, the serial number was undamaged and so it was perfectly good legal tender. Suffice it to say that things didn’t improve much after that and the round took 5 long hours.
The winner on this painful morning was the golf course. RP is tough as we all know but on this day it was at it’s toughest with not one of our 19 players, which included welcome guest and hopefully new member Rick Currin, the City Golf Teaching Pro, managing to play to their handicap. The winner of the February Trophy was Vincent Vijayan with 34 points + 3 bonus points and the R/U was Andre Holm with 32 points + 3 bonus points. The lowest gross was Rick’s 78 and the most golf was played by visitor Ken Oakley.
The winner looking a bit shocked as he received his trophy!

No prizes for coming second (except for a stroke cut), and rightfully looking truly pissed off!
Vincent is cut 4 strokes and Andre 1 stroke. The full horrors of the day together with your adjusted handicaps can be found on the attachment.
M&M was taken at the club and was good but it had to be paid for by CC.
As convener of Loose Cannons I will not be taking us to this venue again. There are much better places than RP. They have just lost a good customer. – Mike Smith

Can you believe your eyes? – No beer on the table!!!!
19 Players, and 2 jugs of beer consumed. Well done guys, your health and safety comes first!

Results – Lembah Beringan Golf Club – 21st February 2012

Cannons all,

17 LC’s teed it up at a very soggy Lembah Beringin Tuesday. We had been 20 but with Mike Han pitching up Monday!!!! and late withdrawals because of a bleeding nose and work interruptions from Tony Russell and Bruce Davidson we were reduced to 17.

The weather was fine and although the course was rather busy with some visiting Koreans, a pleasant round was anticipated. What we didn’t know was that the course had been inundated overnight restricting buggies to the track for the most part and with very soft fairways (akin to a quagmire in places) and water filled bunkers (they have a serious drainage problem here) LB was a sterner and longer test than we had expected.

The winner was Ray Funnell with 39 points and the runner-up Hans Berger with 38 points. The lowest gross was 89 by Siegmund (actually Kevin Wiggins recorded 88 but his flight had unilaterally invoked Winter Rules and so their scores were not considered in the official results) and the most golf was played by Alan Holgate with 113.
Full results and handicap adjustments can be found in the attachment.

13 of us drove down to the EQUATORIAL for lunch and excellent it was too. The Scandinavian contingent missed the exit and arrived later after a detour to the Sungai Buloh exit. You will get this with great navigators.


The winner; Ray, chose to eat at the club and in his absence it only seemed right that he should “generously donate” his winnings to the pot. Thank you Ray.

This was Mike Hughes & Lars Barkhed’s last game on their annual pilgrimage from the frozen north. Bon voyage guys. We hope to see you both next year.

Results – Nilai Springs Golf & Country Club – 14th February 2012

Cannons all,
Nearly all of them turned up Tuesday at Nilai Springs!
26 golfers; a record turnout for Loose Cannons, pitched up on a cloudless morning and with a good breeze blowing throughout it was perfect conditions to enjoy this very well maintained golf course. Playing the Island & Pines nines some good scoring was anticipated and so it turned out.
Nilai really is a good venue these days. The whole layout is well groomed and a delight to play. Even the Makan has improved and at least you can eat in relative comfort in nice surroundings. Well done NS.
The winner was Jeff Pearce with an outrageous 48 points and the R/U was Klaus Kretzschmar with an almost outrageous 45 points. The lowest gross was 79 by Geoff Parslow and the most golf was jointly played by Charlie & Alan with 118.
Jeff is cut 12 and Klaus the mandatory 1 stroke, lucky bugger.
Most of us stayed for the lunch which was good with 3 full tables of LC’s. See pics attached. With a contribution to the pot from a couple of early leavers we were left with a surplus of RM170. Good day all round.
One item of note {which I intended to announce at the table but forgot (a senior moment perhaps)} was that Tony Morris recently became our second member to pass the 250 games milestone. Congratulations Tony.
Another item was Bernhard leaving his phone at the club. NS called Tony to so advise. Kudos to NS staff for their honesty.