Results – Kota Seriemas Golf & Country Club – 28th January 2020

Bernie Schobert had to pull-out late last evening due to an old neck injury, so we were one short of four flights.

We were all there early this morning but as when I came to the registration a Korean caretaker were already there finishing up their registration, however we were able to tee-off ahead of that smaller group. An hour later or so the big bulk of them had arrived filling the area, some of them were sporty dressed-up good looking head-turners, that we don’t see around during the Korean off-season. One would think the clubs are very happy about the number of Koreans playing here during their winter

It was a warm humid morning with no breeze although later in the game we got a little breeze. The course were in a good nick but a bit dry in certain sections and e.g. shipping into to green cased many long returning puts, so it was a mixed feeling i would say.

We were just short of two players at the post game lunch at East of Highway, that really made my last convener game more memorable with that high “noise” level.  Obviously the group had sent the hat around as I received a bottle Portuguese Wine, a very nice T-shirt and a box of golf balls, many thanks for that. Actually there is one more thing to arrived later I learned, that’s okay as good things take longer time.

Results

Screenshot 2020-01-28 at 10.45.20 PMThe winner Graham Cadman who signed up as the last player won with 39 points receiving the first monthly medal of 2020.

And the winner is

Mike Smith came up from Melaka to make sure the convener transition followed the rules, came second with 37 points. Shared third Bernard Romahn and Roger Surieux with 36.

We had 570Rm left in the kitty so that was all spent on food and drinks and drinks, I topped up the difference to close the bill.

How has the three years as convener task been, nice and mostly fun I would say and I have no regrets at all.

Many Thanks Everyone – Hans

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Results – KGSAAS – 21st January 2020

All arrived in good order to complete our registration in time and what did we see when we walked down to the starters hut, quite a number of Koreans in their buggies. With a little bit of pressure on the starter we managed to tee-off alone from the President nine.

The course is known for being soggy during the wet season, the President nine lived up to that, Alam Shah a bit better.

The greens which normally are quite good were not good either with spots of different speed, as a whole a disappointment.

But the food and service at the restaurant maintain its usual good quality and buy two jugs of beer and get one extra were still on offer.

Results

Despite the condition of the course  we had three players who played better than their handicap;

– Winner on count back, Paul Geddes with 38 points

– Runner up Iain Wise

– Third Ricardo Castro 37 points

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Editors Note : Correction to scores …. Bernard Romahn should be 86 for 36 points and Josef Winter should be 105 for 24 points.

 

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Results – Bangi Golf Club – 14th January 2020

Our strategy being very early didn’t workout really as while we were the first in line when reception opened the Koreans passed behind our back loading their bags on the buggies, how come, they had paid in advance. However once we got going they did not hold us up.

We had excellent golf weather and the course, and this comes from us who has played it several times, were in decent condition being the wet season and consider the low cost it’s rather good value for money.

Nine of us joined the lunch at East of Highway and it was as usual very good.

As this was the week for Tony Morris seventy years birthday he gave a great contribution for the bill.

Happy birthday Tony and many thanks.

Results

So how did it go, almost the same as last week.

– Shared third Ricardo Castro and Bernard Romahn 35 points

– Second Stan Constantinides 36 points

– Winner Josef Winter 37 points

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Results – Tasik Puteri Golf & Country Club – 7th January 2020

We welcomed Andrew Robinson back after nine month absence from golf due to his left eye. We were all ready to go well before our booked tee-time, but of course as usual we don’t know which of the three nines we will play until we have passed the “lonely lady” or rather the starter were we also get the score cards. Today we played Puteri and Tasik nines from white tee and Tasik was the one in better shape with drier fairways and better greens

After a hot day in the sun not much beat a cool Tiger beer or two at our usual Restaurant Chin Heong Rawang and we had a very good turn-up for the post game lunch today as it helps get the talking going.

Results

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Ricardo Castro, Stan Constantinides, Ted Parslow and David Evans shared second place with 36 points all beaten by Josef Winter with 37.

Editors Note : There were a number of errors in the results of this week. Correct scores for Ted Parslow was 89 for 35; for Roger Surieux 100 for 34 and for Josef Winter 93 for 36.

This meant a countback on the 3 players who were on 36 points. The resulting winner of this week was Stan Constantinides.

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The Flaw in the New World Handicap System

Editor’s Note: On Jan. 1, 2020, the World Handicap System goes into effect in the United States along with several countries around the globe. In the U.S., the new process replaces the old USGA system. You can read a general overview of the new system and five keys you need to know here. For those interested in more of the intricacies of the WHS—and the issues one expert has with the new system—continue reading.

https://www.golfdigest.com/story/voices-the-flaw-in-the-new-world-handicap-system-dean-knuth

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Results – Palm Garden Golf Resort – 31st December 2019

We played Palm Garden as it was the last monthly trophy for the year as we wanted to have a nice finish.

It wasn’t too many cars on the road this New Year Eve morning so for once I arrived in very good time. Registration went smoothly but that place is like a children play school with cutting, gluing, stamping vouchers, anyway we were ready to go before our tee-off time. Weather looked promising and the course was in a very good shape except for some greens which were a bit slower.

We had the post game lunch at the clubs restaurant which was about half-full.

Happy New Year Loose Cannons

Results

The winner today and his second monthly trophy for the year, Tony Morris with 39 points.

The winner Tony Morris

He won over Stan Constantinides with one point more second nine. Allan Wright came third with 35 points.

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Results _ Danau Golf Club – 24th December 2019

Twelve Loose Cannons assembled early morning 24th of December for our traditional Christmas golf, this year at Kelab Golf Danau located next to UKM in Bangi. After Mondays heavy rain we were sort of expecting a soggy course, but it was not bad at all, even the known soggy hole 12 par five was in relative good shape.

It took us five hours due slow flights in front of us, but the course as such plays tough from the rough, not to mention to find the ball in there as well as the very tricky Parslow & Winter greens. And even from white it’s not short with its 5921 meters.

We had the post game lunch at our usual East of Highway on the way back to KL, excellent food ordered by Tony Morris for our Christmas lunch.

Results

Not unexpected the known long-hitters / good players was at the top of the scoreboard after the game.

Winner Julien Hodson Walker on 36, followed by Jason Winter 35 and Ricardo Castro with 34 points, very close at the top it was.

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24th Dec DanauHole 10, Danau 24th DecReady to go Danau

Christmas Lunch – Coliseum Restaurant – 18th December 2019

Following up on the final invitation, yesterday we had our traditional yearly Xmas Luncheon at Coliseum Cafe & Hotel downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Everyone arrived in time at the bar to have ample time for beers, gin & tonic etc and catching up, before we assembled at our usual room at the back of the restaurant.

Andrew began by asking for a toast for our, no longer with us Loose Canons, since it began years ago;

Murray Preston
Gordon Wingate
Andre Holm
Roger Smith

and this year

Ray Funnel
David Hughes

 

After that the groups founder Mike Smith said some well thought of encouraging words.

Follow up on that the Convener that’s me, was asked to say something;

– the number players per game has gone down since the heydays of 6-7 flights which is a bit much actually

– in general several players would like to play more games closer to KL 

Perhaps I did not say all this but that’s the situation we are in; more games closer to KL 

I don’t mind the extra travel now and then but if several are not prepared to, it defeats the purpose 

Every groups need new heads/faces now and then. I read that Sir Alex Ferguson during his days came into 

the situation that Manchester United had to change or mover people around every fourth year or so.

Coming end of February next year I have been the convener for three years and in my mind I have had the thoughts is time to handover the baton to someone else and just enjoy playing.

So it’s a done deal, Martin Belderink and Jan van Driel will take over from March 2020.

My last game as a convener will be Feb 25th and it well end were it started, at Bkt Unggul.

Would like to thank Andrew Robinson for organizing this event and the food I think was excellent and better than last year.

I believe the pictures attached speaks for themselves. 

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Results – KGPA – 17th December 2019

Living just a stone-throw from KGPA and having had more or less the same downpours I was a bit worried about the course  conditions, but it was not too bad, soggy sections of some holes yes, but playable sometimes with a little of ball movement.

Good golf weather, nice venue but the city is coming closer and closer, next up is a hotel squeezed in next to the Phileo Semantan MRT-station.

We had a good post game lunch at Pantai Seafood Restaurant, but only 50% of the players attended…..

I was in the same buggy as Ian Wise, and surprise surprise when he pulled the bag cover off, there was no driver. But it did not hurt him at all, almost as long with the 3-wood from the tee-box and on the fairway.

Results

Result from the testing elements; three players on 37 points, Jan van Driel won with best second nine.

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Obituary – David Hughes

David Hughes sadly passed away peacefully on 8th December 2019, aged 82 after a short illness.  David for many years lived in Malaysia and was an active member of the Loose Cannons golfing group.

With his armed forces and physical instructor background he was always a strong, low handicap golfer and one of the few lefties amongst us. After his return to Wales, David made annual visits out to Malaysia to visit his daughter during the winter months and frequently rejoined our group for rounds of golf.

David, or “Taffy” as he was affectionately known,  will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all his golfing mates from the Loose Cannons.

Our condolences go out to David’s family at this sad time and may he R.I.P.