A total of 14 Cannons pitched up at Amverton Cove on 2nd January for the first game of 2019. Registration was straight forward and we even got a little extra discount for seniors, which was not expected. So a good start to the day!
A heavy overnight downpour had left the course quite soggy so we had to have buggy on track for the first 9, moving onto the course for the 2nd 9. We teed off just before 8am from 2 tee boxes with 2 x 3-balls and 2 x 4-balls, and crucially in front of a visiting group of Koreans. All flights were finished in less than four and a half hours by about 12:15, which is a good pace of play for 4-balls — this should be our target game time.
Today was the first Cannons game using the new 2019 rules – and Roger took advantage of that with a double hit at one of the par 4s. Searching for a lost ball is now reduced to 3 minutes maximum, but this did not seem to be a problem today.
Overall the course was in good condition with a few squelchy areas due to recent rain, however the greens were super fast which caused some anguish and expletives for most players.
Winner on the day with 39 points and an excellent gross of 83 was Bernard Romahn – the only player to beat his handicap, and he was duly awarded the RM 50 winners prize. Well done for an excellent round Bernard! Joint 2nd were Kevin Wiggins and Brian Stubbs with 34 points – who got nout for being 2nd. Lowest gross of the day was a joint effort of 83 from both Bernard and Jason Winter – well done guys! We were delighted to welcome back Hans for a trial run of his recovered injuries – but unfortunately that did not work out so well and it’s back to the drawing board for a few weeks — hope it gets sorted soon Hans.
The apres-golf lunch was planned for the Chinese restaurant just across the bridge – however the early finishers found it was closed and made a hastily convened executive decision to relocate to the Selangor Club Kiara Annex. After various calls and texts and WhatsApp messages, 9 Cannons ended up at the Annex. Unconfirmed reports came in that Ted and Jason had made their own executive decision to eat at the first available restaurant near the bridge and regrettably they did not join us at the Annex. Sigi, Johan and Ray already had other plans.
Andrew hosted the lunch with his members card and an enjoyable time was had by all. Apart from Stan, who was waiting for his Calzoni style pizza for ages and ages — until he realised he had mis-read the menu and it was not available. Brian Stubbs contributed some beer money on the occasion of his 150th cannons game. There was a surplus in the cash collected so RM 300 was handed to Hans for 2019 trophys etc and there was no need of a collection for the lunch cost. The princely sum of RM 77 was left in the kitty and was handed to Roger for next week at Tasik Puteri – look out for Roger’s emails regarding arrangements.
Cheers and Happy New Year!