We had 19 Loose Cannons to experience the delights of the walking course at Royal Kampung Kuantan Club today ….. well eventually 19 players with ReinLi tan showing up late and joining his flight by the 3rd hole. Many players who had not played this course were delighted by the quaint and old style clubhouse and I’m sure they enjoyed the course as well.
We welcomed back Allan McNicoll to the group today – he is back in Malaysia for a 5 week holiday so we will no doubt be seeing him taking advantage of playing golf in the coming weeks.
The course was in good condition after the initial start where the greens were wet and slow. The weather was pleasant with a small breeze which made walking an excellent option. With 19 of us and probably a lack of caddies we had the caddies “double bag” for two players (not to be confused with the double-bag phrase used in Aberdeen for the situation where you end up back home with a rather ugly bird!) The caddies knowledge of the course and the game of golf were somewhat dubious …… one of our caddies kept on stating “middle of fairway boss” when any ball headed was not OB”. Their knowledge of distances to hazards and the hole were very poor. A drive some 90m from the green was stated to be “on the apron” on one hole.
We made good time round the course and then headed into Ijok to the Jet Mei Seafood Restaurant where we had an excellent lunch. Vincent Vijayan kindly put in RM200 to celebrate his birthday so with the excess money from the golf game and this we walked out of the restaurant without any need to pay anything more …. furthermore we still had some RM164 to go into the kitty.
Our winner today with the best gross of 78 and 40 Stableford points was Andrew Cseszko. Runner up was Paul Geddes with 84 for 38 and he was the luck recipient of the prize for 2nd place today of a fine bottle of Portugese wine kindly donated by our new member Rocardo Castro. 3rd place was Peter Kenyon with 95 for 37. Full results below :