With the main group of Cannons on tour this week to Batam, a small group of non tourists assembled for game at Tasik Puteri. We played the Putera & Tasik 9’s in that order which meant that the second 9 was rather warm! The course was in good condition but much dryer than expected; especially the greens which were hard and quite fast. Teeing off at just after 8am we made good progress and the last flight was back at 12:20pm. 8 of us then reassembled at the usual M&M place for an excellent lunch washed down with many bottles of the amber nectar, all for RM290.
The last day of the 3 day Batam Away was played at Tering Bay which was located very close to the Palm Springs course we played on Day 2. There were now 9 of us as Martin Walsh had left that morning to return to Singapore by ferry to catch a flight to Australia ….. noted however that he left the hotel without paying for the room and had to sheepishly call Ray Funnell from the ferry terminal to sort out this small issue!
Tering Bay Golf Club was a little jaded in comparison to Palm Springs but the course was very good with excellent and rather fast greens. We headed out at around 10:30am and the 3 flights were completed by around 3pm or so. Drinks and some snacks were enjoyed on the terrace before heading off for a seafood restaurant close-by for dinner. The restaurant was not the one as recommended by Jeff Pearce but obviously some relative or friend of the bus driver … however the food was fresh and they had cold beer so we all enjoyed a good dinner right by the sea.
It was Stuart Taylor who won on this last day with an excellent personal best gross of 77 and 45 points with Bernard Romahn in second place with 40 points on count back from Andrew Robinson also on 40 points. Stuart won 2 sleeves of balls and Bernard got one sleeve of balls. Full results from Day 3 are below:
The overall winner of the 3 day Batam Away competition was Richard Moss with a total of 115 points who had led from Day 1 and with a substantial lead after 2 days it was going to be difficult to catch him. Second was Andrew Robinson with 109 points. Richard Moss was presented with an engraved winners tankard kindly donated by Glenn Wombwell. Jeff Pearce was presented with a consolation sleeve of balls for having the lowest total points for the 3 days. The final 3 day results are tabulated below :
Iain Wise does an excellent impersonation of Ray Funnell teeing off on Hole No 1, Tering Bay Golf Course.
The second day of the Loose Canons Batam Away trip was held at Palm Springs Golf Course. There was a large competition (Nongsa Cup) being held at the club but we got off on the Resort 9 at around 10:30am and then crossed over to the Palm Course by which time most of the Nongsa Cup competitors were finished.
The Resort 9 course was very pleasant and well maintained but the Palm Course was really very good – challenging holes with some incredible views. Greens on the Palm were very quick and with the slopes and pin positions made this a difficult 9.
We finished by around 3:30 pm to 4pm and had drinks on the verandah prior to taking the bus back to the hotel.
Richard Moss played yet another excellent round (44 points) and increased his lead on the field winning again the first prize (2 sleeves of balls) with Martin Walsh (42 points) taking the second prize of 1 sleeve of balls. Full results below for the day :
Current positions after Day 1 and Day 2 are as follows:
10 Loose Cannons headed to Batam, Indonesia on Sunday 2nd November for a 3 day away trip, flying from Subang airport on Firefly. On arrival in Batam we were met by our arranged driver who then took us in a 24 seater bus to the first golf course – Batam Hills. We had time for some lunch prior to the game and teed off at around 1pm. Weather conditions were hot and humid and the course was in good condition with the exception of some greens which had been hollow tined and sanded.
We all finished by around 5pm and then had post-game drinks at the club with the announcement of the results prior to taking the bus into Nagoya to the Harmoni Hotel.
It was the high handicappers who dominated the field today with the top two places being contested closely with 38 points – it was Richard Moss who won on the day on count back from Barry Cousins also with 38 points. The winner received 2 sleeves of balls and the runner up one sleeve of balls. Full results below :