Rules of Golf – Nearest Point of Relief

With the recent Covid-19 restrictions and the situation where most courses are now classifying bunkers as GUR this requires the player to take the nearest point of relief from the bunker. This has caused a lot of confusion as how to determine this point so this video we made today highlights the process the player should go through. Thanks to Peter Davies for a great explanation.

Results – Palm Garden Golf Club – 28th July 2020

No rowing and plowing this week. Palm Garden was in excellent shape (as always) and the weather was also very friendly to us today. Thanks to some late entries we had 3 full flights going out around 8:15 am. With a start from 2 different t-boxes it all went smoothly and some discount vouchers and the MST golf card discount helped us to get a good rate as well. 

Also a welcome back to Jan after nearly six months being expelled from Malaysia, trapped in the land of coffee shops that sell no coffee, tulips and clogs.

 8 players wrapped up the day in our favourite restaurant East of highway. Always good food and some nice cold Tigers. 


Winner today was Tony Morris with a nice 88/38 OCB beating Siggy 91/38 followed by Mike Garwood 82/37. See all scores below.

The monthly medal stays with your convener winning best 2 July games with total 84 stbf, followed by Tony with 79 and Iain 75. 

The annual ranking is still headed by Iain, followed by Ricardo and Mike Williams. Given Iain’s escape to the UK it might be difficult to defend his position in the coming period. Mike Garwood played his 5th game today so a welcome to the Loose Cannons.

The Mystery prize today was scoring the last par. Hole 18 it was with both Paul and Robert winning a sleeve of balls


Thanks to Ricardo Castro & Martin Belderink for the photos.

Results – Danau Golf Club – 21st July 2020

Those who decided not to play today made a wise decision. 8 daredevils still showed up. Let me give you the short version of today. Registration this morning; they suddenly decided this morning that a caddy is compulsory for guests. So we got 2 completely useless girls on the back of our buggies to do god knows what…………..  Several buggies already broke down before we even started. The course was in very lousy shape, especially the lower parts where a boat and flippers would have been of use. In front of us there were a bunch of locals taking forever to look for their balls and take the shots. So it was a lot of waiting and it took us almost 5 hours to get around. 


The scores tell the story; Mike winning with 30 points. Danau is off the list. The 19th hole at East of Highway made up for it and we cleaned the system with some beers and good food. 


Thanks to Martin Belderink and Ricardo Castro for the photos.

Results – Tasik Puteri Golf & Country Club – 14th July 2020

We had 4 full flights on this beautiful Tuesday morning with very nice weather; not too hot. As usual, getting so many crazy old farts into the right buggy in an orderly fashion is an impossible task. But in the end we all got in the right flight and at the right t-box in time. The course was still a bit wet due to heavy rain the days before so buggy on track in the beginning.

Despite the wetness the course was very well playable and we all got around in little over 4 hours. Some guests joined us (again) Andrew Morrow with 5 games is now an official “Loose Cannon” (guess this name fits some of your shots perfectly😏); welcome Andrew! Reinli returned back to the course after a long absence and we learned how Carlsberg survived the crisis. Welcome back!

Lunch was at the club and we concluded the day with some jugs and nice food. Prices are reasonable at Tasik and good quality. And we found out that Iain is planning to travel to the UK on Friday without making any immigration arrangements……… He decided to contemplate further on that in the Annex later that day. Or we might see him next Tuesday on the golf course again.


We had some good scoring today with more than half of the group playing their handicap or close to that. Winner today Tony Morris with a respectable 85/41 followed by Robert and myself with 40 points. Ricardo became third with 38 points and lowest gross; 82. After 2 games I’m heading the monthly ranking, followed by Iain and Ricardo/Dave shared 3rd. See all details below.


Thanks to Ricardo Castro and Martin belderink for the photos.

Obituary – Roger McGowan

Roger McGowan sadly passed away at his home in Kuala Lumpur on 7 July, 2020 aged 71, after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.  Until the very end he had led a vigorous and busy life – in recent years taking part in ocean swimming marathons in Australia and Malaysia, and trekking expeditions to Ireland, Scotland and Tuscany as well as participating in his usual games of golf in Malaysia.  He fought his cancer with tenacity and optimism – gaining a full four years on the UK consultant who six years ago had given him just two years to live.

Roger’s father, who had Roger late in life, had flown for the Royal Flying Corp in France in 1917 and was deemed too old for active service in the Second World War, where he served as an instructor. With these impressive antecedents, and with flying clearly in the family DNA, it was no surprise that Roger at the age of 18 successfully applied to join the RAF, where he trained to fly the English Electric Lightning, which was the UK’s primary air defence fighter of the 1960s and ‘70s.  Roger served in Lightning squadrons in the UK, Germany and Cyprus before opting to leave in the 1980s and become a civilian pilot with Britannia Airways – where he reportedly enjoyed all the benefits that accrued from long-haul travel to exotic locations. In the 1990s, Roger had a two year assignment with Malaysian Airlines, where once again he participated fully in the cultural and social opportunities on offer, while developing a close attachment to Malaysia.

In the late 1990s, Roger stood down as an airline pilot and thereafter was largely unencumbered by work, taking up instead the Malaysia My Second Home scheme.  This freedom enabled him to become an active golfer, scuba-diver, kite-surfer, mountaineer, ocean free-swimmer, trekker and international traveller.  He also met Mindy, who became his long-term partner and, in his last months, his wife.  Roger and Mindy were well known in the Kuala Lumpur social scene, particularly during Roger’s tenure as Chieftain of the St Andrew’s Society.  Alongside his sport and socialising, many friends will also remember Roger for his enthusiastic promotion of outlandish conspiracy theories, which he would research and argue with the dogged tenacity expected of a fighter pilot.

As a keen golfer Roger played with a number of local golfing groups. He was a regular attendee of the KLOGS golf society, first playing in September 2008 (guest of Andrew Barber) before becoming a member in January 2009. He will be remembered fondly as perhaps the calmest player of the society, with his ability to never get flustered, regardless of the outcome of a shot with a great sense of humour. He was also a winner on the 2018 away in Bangkok and recently served on the committee as ‘moneybags’. Roger also played a total of 63 games with the Loose Cannons golfing group who play every Tuesday. Roger was also an active member over the last few years with the FRID’ Eggs golfing group who play every Friday and played a total of 37 games. He also joined the group on our last away tour in August 2019 to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

His unflappable character served him well in life.  He never seemed to lose his temper and always retained a keen sense of humour – even in his final days.  Roger died too young but he had lived life to the full.  At his funeral, Roger the RAF fighter ace was dressed in the kilt and regalia of a Scottish chieftain. He was a man of parts and will be missed by his many friends, colleagues and companions.   

R.I.P. Roger McGowan

Results – Bukit Kemuning – 7th July 2020

More sad news reached our group yesterday as Roger McGowan passed away on Tuesday morning after a long battle against cancer. Rest in peace Roger. We will keep the fond memories alive. 

With one late cancellation due to family matters (hope things worked out Helmut!) 15 members joined the game at Bukit Kemuning. It was not very busy so registration and tee-off went smoothly. The course was in reasonable condition and the sun was shining so nothing wrong there. With nobody in front of us the first flight (a 3 ball; Mike W, Bernard and me) was back already before 11:30. Some other flights took a little longer than that. 

10 of us assembled for lunch in New O&S Seafood including Barry Cousins. Thanks for booking and organizing the lunch Barry! Including 2 birthday contributions from Brian and Allan and a donation from Siggy the lunch bill was very very reasonable despite numerous Tigers.


Your convener had a very good golfing day and winning score of 90/44. It’s the golf magic surrounding Mike W. that shone upon me……….. Iain came in second with 92/39, followed by Dave 103/36


Thanks to Ricardo Castro and Martin Belderink for the photographs.

Results – Kota Seriemas Golf & Country Club – 30th June 2020

We had 11 members and our guest (new member) Andrew Morrow, playing Kota Seriemas all the way to the far South of Malaysia. They have good deals right now like many other courses. And it was worthwhile doing it.

The course is in great shape and not very busy at the moment. Again teeing off before 8:00 am on a beautiful morning, light breeze; perfect conditions. Not all of us took advantage of that but one did and made a strong statement.

Interesting to find out that the emergency number in case of buggy breakdown doesn’t get answered. So I left my buggy behind and joined buggy with Siggy for the remaining holes. That actually helped to improve my game so he will be my caddy for the rest of the season. We had a quick round and all returned at the clubhouse before 12:00. The showers were not open in contrast to earlier experiences and information so 9 smelly old men turned up at East of Highway to have wonderful food and a few beers. Andrew did some lavish ordering of food so the usual RM50 was not enough but it all tasted great. 


Brian demolished the course and came home with 93/44 winning the mid year game. Second today Dave with a respectable 100/39 followed by Iain 93/38.

The mystery prize for today was the last par. Iain took that home; a LC cap. The monthly medal goes to Mighty Mike again; 2nd medal in a row. Brian’s 44 today was just not enough to catch up with him, ending second in June. Shared 3rd Ricardo and Siggy.

Half way through 2020 Iain is leading the annual competition, followed by Mike and Ricardo.See all scores and rankings below.


Thanks to Ricardo Castro and Martin Belderink for the photos.