Results – Lembah Beringin Golf Club – 20th May 2014

Report

Cannons have not played at Lembah Beringin Golf Course for a long time so after some positive reports from Hans and Andre we decided to venture north and try out this country course. It was an easy drive to the club up the N-S highway and the course is right next to the highway making it easy to access.
We had 26 players today so 5 flights of 4 and 2 flights of 3. Everyone arrived early so we were registered and on the first tee boxes by 7:45am and had the whole course to ourselves. Course condition was generally good, albeit soft and muddy in places but the greens were unfortunately rather poor making putting a rather dangerous and unpredictable process.
We made fast progress round the course and most of us bar the last 4 ball finished before the heavy downpour.
We headed post golf to the restaurant at Rawang (normally used post Tasik Puteri) for a good lunch and some refreshments. There was almost an incident at he restaurant when some hungry players arriving late found that the first table had more dishes of food … but after a commando attach by Mr Cousins on the first table we regained some food reserves which likely appeased the hungry golfers.
Paul Geddes very kindly donated RM350 towards the drinks as a “head wetting” for the recent arrival of his grandchild – Many Thanks Paul. Hats off also to Paul for managing to order and send flowers to his wife for their anniversary as he played his round of golf!
Golf Etiquette
A couple of points have been raised which I feel are worthy of mention to remind players of some basic golf rules and etiquette :-
Lift, Clean & Place
We use the lift, clean and place rule or preferred lie rule (sometimes referred to comically as the Lift, Clean and Cheat Rule!!!) when playing conditions are wet and soggy (or even dry and uneven as we experienced in Malacca) but it has been noted to me that perhaps some players need some reminding of exactly when to use this rule and how it should be executed.
Lift, clean and place is applied to closely mown fairway through the green …. NOT the rough or hazards. If a ball is in the rough it must be played as it lies ….. UNLESS it is plugged then it may be lifted clean and dropped.
To execute this rule mark your ball on the fairway with a ball marker, tee or coin ….. lift the ball, clean the ball, then place the ball within a distance of the length of a scorecard not nearer the hole.
In some courses, like the one we played today, it is sometimes difficult to assess where the fairway stops and the rough starts … if in doubt consul your fellow players. 
Phone Etiquette
It should be normal for all players to have their phones on silent during a game so as not to disrupt concentration. It is very distractive to have phones ringing as players are addressing the ball to play. Please be careful about this and ensure your phone is off or at least in silent mode when on the course.
If any players feel that the above two issues are pointed at them ….. then IT IS! It’s only be re-enforcing and reminding all players of some basic rules and etiquette can we all enjoy our game to the fullest without distractions and ensure we all play to the same rules and equal gamesmanship.

Results

We had some excellent scores today, with half the players playing to or under their handicap. The highest Stableford was an excellent 43 from our new member Glen Sargeant …. but unfortunately as this is only his second game with Loose Cannons he has as yet an unconfirmed handicap in our handicap system so he cannot take the first prize. Well done though Glen … you can be rest assured that this great score will be input into your handicap calculation and after 5 games you will have an official playing handicap.

So the winner of the day was Stuart Taylor with a gross of 82 and 42 points, also the best gross of the day., Second place was shared by Erol Akinci and Barry Cousins, both on 40 points.

Photos

The Cadman patented 2-club warm up procedure on the 1st tee

Tony appears to have an under-arm problem

Can you spot Paul?

Much of the forest and ground around the course had recently been burnt

Ray Funnell almost falling over as he drives

Paul in trouble again

Paul manages to book anniversary flowers online for his wife 

Apparently it only takes one to tango

The course also had many abandoned properties on the grounds

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