Malacca Away – 22/23 March 2017 – Ayer Keroh & Tiara Melaka

Here is the report as penned by our Convenor from the 2 day away golf trip to Malacca along with the results and some photos.

Phuu, I feels and looks like a lobster today after three days in the sun with Loose Cannons playing the ordinary Tuesday game at Kota Seriemas GCC located in Nilai. And the Malaka Away 2017 at Ayer Keroh CC Wednesday and Tiara Melaka GCC yesterday, both located in Ayer Keroh.

Melaka and these courses are familiar ground for the LC’s. Twelve of us made it for the two day competition namely; Andrew Robinson, Bernard Romahn, Brian Stubbs, Geoff Mclaws, Iain Wise, Martin Walsh, Mike Smith, Ray Funnel, Ricardo Castro, Roger MCGowan, Roger Surieux and my-selves.

We started off with Ayer Keros Govenor and Ghaffar nines on a hot and sunny day after various well selected restaurants and waterholes the evening before.

We were all pumped up but not a single of us beat the course, nearest came Andrew with 33 points followed by Mike, Geoff and Roger S on 32, one notch further down was Martin with 31. Unfortunately Ted Parslow could not stay for day two, otherwise his 34 would have been competitive the second day.  

As Ayer Keroh don’t serve beers until after 18.00 we went to Tiara Melaka for the lunch. After a well deserved M&M intake we went back to the Ramada Plaza for a rest and to get ourselves in the mood for the common dinner at Bistro 1673 at Jonker Street which we think, is the best restaurant for a group like us in Melaka. 

The following morning at the breakfast we were even more determined, this is the day we all have been waiting for.

Second day weather forecast were 61% precipitation of T-storms in the afternoon, we got nothing of that but sun all day long instead.

After registration at Tiara Melaka we got the bad news we are playing Lake and Medow nines, not that they are bad courses but we had hoped for Woodland as we thought we could stopped by at Mikes place for a cold lemonade or so in the shade of a tree, not to be lah.

So how did it go: Ray beat the course by one, Bernard played on his par, and he had the biggest improvements compare to first days scores.

– 67 points gave Geoff McLaws a well deserved third place

– Andrew Robinson managed to my surprise to improve on previous days score to clock 68 points for a second place

– and the winner is Martin Walsh with 70 points, he beat the course by three. Well played Loose Cannons Away 2017 Champion, Martin Walsh.

– I got the wooden-spoon, must have been the “convenor pressure”

Below you will find various pictures taken by the players, many thanks for that.

Being a Swede I could not stop myself from taking a picture of the H&M shop located across the street of Hard Rock. End of 2016 Hennes & Mauritz had 3962 shops worldwide.

Results

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Malacca Away – 22-24 March 2016

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Day 1 – Tiara Melaka

We had four full flights with 16 players for the first day of the Malacca Away trip with two players (Erol Akinci and Graham Cadman) coming down for a day trip to make up the numbers. After an easy drive down from KL most players arrived at Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club before 9:00am. We had time for some morning tea at the clubhouse cafe and after an easy registration we all got off on the Meadow and Woodland 9’s at 9:30am. The course was very quiet so we were not held up at all. After a humid start the weather was surpassingly cool given the hot weather of the last week and a pleasant breeze made it even more pleasant. We had a very brief shower of rain but that passed within 5 minutes so did not hold up the proceedings.

The course was in good condition overall although there were some bare patches on the tee boxes and the bunkers were in need of attention. The greens were fast and fairly predictable but with a few nasty slopes.

After the game we had some cold beers and a some lunch at the clubhouse cafe at a very reasonable cost – many thanks to Hans Berger who financed the beers as he was celebrating 250 games with Loose Cannons …. quite an achievement.

Geoff McLaws had his 100th game with Cannons today so we look forward to some sponsored refreshments tomorrow at Orna!

 

 

Results

The winner today was Andrew Robinson, and after some post game and post results announcement score adjustments, he still won on count back from Geoff McLaws with a 93 for 41 points. Runner up was Geoff McLaws with 77 for 41 points and the best gross score of the day. 3rd place was shared between Roger Surieux and Bernard Romahn both with 38 points. Most golf was both Iain Wise and Richard Moss both with gross of 110. Full results below :

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After lunch we then headed into Malacca and checked into the Ramada Plaza Hotel which was certainly a step up from the Bayview Hotel where we stayed last year.

On the first evening we all had dinner at Bistro 1673 which to be fair had rather ordinary food and it also seemed to be a problem getting some cold beers at one point. However we managed to spend about 4 hours there before staggering back to the hotel.

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Day 2  – Orna

The first day of the 2-day competition was held at Orna Golf Club. We played the East and West Courses under rather hot and humid conditions with little or no breeze. The course was dried out and bare in many places with very hard and sloping fairways making shots difficult. We saw one sprinkler on the course which was not working properly and simply creating a large pool of water in the middle of the fairway – a shame that simple maintenance cannot be done. The greens were ok overall however but had many undulations which proved a test for most players.

After the game we had some drinks and a snack at the club cafe before heading back to the hotel.

The results from Day 1 are shown below:

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We all had dinner on the second night at a new Spanish restaurant called Salud. The starter of cheese and ham (when it eventually arrived) was good but the main course was really a disgrace. I had ordered the pork rib loin which closely resembled something you would give to your dog … only one poor scrawny and skinny rib on a bed of powdered pureed mashed potato and a limp piece of salad. The wait for this was far too long and the service poor …. the staff could not even manage to bring us some olive oil for the dry bread. Anyway a few bottles of wine and some beer took some of the pain away.

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Day 3 – Ayer Keroh

The final day of the tour was at the tough Ayer Keroh Golf Club – always a test of golf and stamina after 2 days of golf and 2 evenings out in Malacca. Conditions again were very hot and humid with very little breeze making it a hard slog for most on this rather long course. The course is however very beautiful with some magnificent large trees and lakes complete with crocodiles!

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Results

Results from Day 2 were as follows:

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The winner of the 2 day competition was Iain Wise with a total of 190 for 72 points and he was presented with the Malacca Away trophy by Mike Smith. Well done Iain – guess those lessons are now showing some reward. Runner up was Martin Walsh with a total score of 176 for 70 points and 3rd place was Paul Geddes with 172 for 68.

The overall score for the two day tournament are tabulated below along with the scores from the game at Tiara Melaka.

 

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Loose Cannons Away – Malacca – 31st March to 2nd April 2015

A 3 day tour to Malacca was arranged from 31st March to 2nd April taking in 3 of the courses we played the year before. Day 1 at Tiara Melaka was the monthly March Trophy Game followed by a 2-day competition at Orna and Ayer Keroh Golf Clubs. We had 16 players for Day 1, 4 players coming down just for the day at Tiara Melaka, and then 12 players staying for the continuing 2-day competition.

Day 1 – Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club – 31st March 2015

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The March monthly Trophy Game was held at Tiara Melaka. After the drive from KL the 16 players met at the club for some breakfast and teed off at around 9:30am. Conditions were hot and very humid but the course was very quiet allowing us to progress fairly quickly. The course seems to be needing a little attention compared to last year and a little shabby in places. The greens however were good and the course provided enough challenge for all players. 
We finished by around 2pm and then had lunch and drinks on the patio with the prize giving. An incredible storm then rolled in delaying our departure from the club but allowing us to take on some more beer before heading into Malacca to checkin to the hotel.

Results

The winner of the March Monthly Trophy and RM50 was Ted Parslow with 38 points (gross of 80, which was the best gross of the day) on count back from Richard Moss who also shot 38 points (gross of 102).
Full results are detailed below:

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Day 2 – Orna Golf & Country Resort – 1st April 2015

Report

The first day of the 2-day Malacca Trophy Competition was held at Orna. Last year the course had been very dry but this year the course seemed much better. The course has a fantastic layout with some wonderful holes. Again the course was very quiet and we headed out in 3 flights over the East and West 9’s under very hot and humid conditions.
The course provided some wonderful undulating greens to test the putting skills and generally the course was in pretty good shape.
Some players struggled in the heat and humidity, probably due to excesses of the evening before, but we had some good scores in the group. Richard Moss unfortunately stopped play after about 6 or 7 holes as his shoulder was giving up …. but he managed to accumulate 6 points at least. 
For the 2 day competition we had a number of prizes for each day as well as the overall combined results so hopefully all participants went home with something.

Results

The winner of the first day of the 2-day competition was Andrew Robinson with an excellent 40 points (gross of 92) and beating the runner up, Ted Parslow on count back who also had 40 points (gross of 78). Ted’s 78 was the best gross of the day. 3rd place was Martin Walsh on 39 points (gross of 84). Full results below :

Prizes

Winner : Andrew Robinson (bottle of wine and 2 sleeves of balls)
Runner Up : Ted Parslow (one sleeve of balls)
3rd : Martin Walsh (Loose Cannons shirt)
4th : Roger Surieux (Loose Cannons shirt)
7th : Bernhard Romahn (golf cap)
9th : Ray Funnell (Loose Cannons golf cap)
12th : Richard Moss (golf towel)

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Dinner at Bistro, Malacca

For the last evening the group had a good meal out at the Bistro on Jonkers Street, Malacca. After a failed attempt to order a set Nonya meal for 12 we eventually all ordered individual meals which were surprisingly very good. There was some significant amounts of wine and beer drunk which amounted to a substantial bill. At one point the waitress told me the bill had been paid by one of our party and all indications were that it was Martin Walsh. However we found out that she was mistaken …. Martin had only asked the waitress where the nearest ATM machine was and certainly had no intention of picking up the bill for the whole group. As he later said “I might be Irish but I’m not &%$#@# stupid!”.
We discussed the change of the Loose Cannons Convenor and a vote of thanks to Stuart Taylor and his efforts over the last year was led by Bernhard Romahn. As Ray Funnell had volunteered to act as Convenor for the following year (with assistance for looking after the monies and booking the restaurants) we all agreed that Ray Funnel would take over as Convenor directly after the end of the tour.

Day 3 – Ayer Keroh Country Club – 2nd April 2015

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We all remember Ayer Keroh from last year …. long, difficult, and very hot. It was no different this year and this course taxed most of the group. The course was in good condition but there were many long holes with the last hole being a monster 569m par 5 …… just for the record I hit 3 drivers, a 60 deg wedge to the edge of the green and a putter to get my much appreciated par. Martin Walsh birdied this hole so deservedly got the last birdie prize.
We had a snack lunch at the club and presented all the final prizes for that day’s golf and the overall competition before heading back to KL about 3:30pm.
Results
The winner of Day 2 of the Competition was Roger Surieux with an excellent 38 points (gross of 98). Runner up was Geoff Parslow with 35 points (and best gross of the day of 81). 3rd place was Martin Walsh with 33 points (gross of 90). Full results as below :

Prizes

Winner : Roger Surieux (bottle of wine and 2 sleeves of balls)
Runner Up : Geoff Parslow (one sleeve of balls)
3rd : Martin Walsh (Loose Cannons shirt)
4th : Mike Smith (Loose Cannons shirt)
5th : Ted Parslow (golf cap)
8th : Stuart Taylor (Loose Cannons golf cap)
11th : Hans Berger (golf towel)

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Melaka Trophy – 2 Day Competition Results

The overall winner of the 2-day competition was Roger Surieux with a total of 76 points – well done Roger! He scored 38 points each day and at Ayer Keroh this was a real achievement.
Runner up was Martin Walsh with a total of 72 points and 3rd place was Ted Parslow with 71 points.
The full results of the 2-day Competition and all the prizes presented are detailed below :


Prizes

Winner : Roger Surieux (Malacca Trophy, bottle of wine and 2 sleeves of balls)
Runner Up : Martin Walsh (golf cap and one sleeve of balls)
3rd : Ted Parslow (golf shoe bag)
Last : Richard Moss (bottle of wine)
Last Birdie : Martin Walsh (one sleep of balls)
Paul Geddes Donation : Andrew Robinson (car tag)
Andrew Robinson Donation : Iain Wise (bottle of piss-coloured liquid??)

All in all an excellent tour and hopefully enjoyed by all participants. Many thanks to all the players who came down to Malacca for the 3 days and tho the additional 4 players who came down on the first day for the monthly trophy game.

Results – Malacca Tour – 25th – 27th March 2014

Loose Cannons had a very successful 3 day away tour to Malacca from 25-27 March playing at Orna, Tiara Melaka and Ayer Keroh. The Bayview Hotel was used as a base as we did last year. A brief report and photos for each day are included below.
Day 1 – Orna Golf Club

The monthly trophy game was held at Orna Golf Club with conditions hot, dry and windy. Fairways were very dry and hard but the greens were good albeit very tricky. We had 20 players on the day, including Geoff McLaws who came down for the day for the monthly trophy game.
The winner of the day was Andrew Robinson with a great score of 92 for 39 points. Geoff McLaws came 2nd with 80 (lowest gross of the day) for 36 points.

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Day 2 – Tiara Melaka Golf Club

Following the monthly trophy game we then had a 2 day competition starting with Tiara Melaka on the first day. The course was in very good shape and well watered in the current dry conditions with good greens albeit a little slow. The weather was very hot requiring players to take on plenty of fluids to make it sound the 18 holes.
Winner of the day was Ted Parslow with 82 for 37 points and second was David Hughes with 86 for 35 points.

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Tour Dinner – Bistro 1637 – Jonkers Street

We had a group dinner on the Wednesday evening at Bistro 1637, which turned out to be expensive with a poor selection and quantity of food. However the group did have a good evening helped no doubt by plentiful refreshments and ended up singing along with the local band to round off the evening. 

Day 3 – Ayer Keroh Golf Club

The last day of the four was at Ayer Keroh Golf Club – a tough and long course so with an even hotter day and with many players nursing a hangover it was a challenge. Martin Walsh managed to come down and join us for this game so making up a full 5 flight complement of 20 players. We had 3 players who did not finish on the day due to the arduous conditions. he course was fairly green compared to the dry courses of the previous 2 days and again greens were excellent but very tricky.
Winner of the day was Geoff Parslow with 81 points for 35 points and second was Hans Berger with 95 for 34 points. 

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The 2 day competition was won by Geoff Parslow on count back with a total of 65 points and Stuart Taylor came second also with 65 points. David Hughes was third with a total of 62 points.
There was a large number of prizes for various positions which were presented in the clubhouse following the game.

Next Game – Malacca Tour – 25th – 27th March 2014

Next week will be the Loose Cannon’s Malacca Tour from 25th march to 27th March. We have 20 participants in this annual tour and all will be staying at the bay view Hotel in Malacca.
Day 1 on 25th march will be played at Orna Golf Club (tee off at 10:100am – be at the club by 9:30am) and will be the usual monthly trophy game. Day 2 and 3 on 26th and 27th March will be played at Tiara Malacca Golf & Country Club (tee off at 10:00am) and Ayer Keroh Golf Club (tee off at 9:00am) and will comprise a 2 day competition. Flights will be randomised for the first 2 days and then as per normal competition as per Stableford order for the last day.
All handicaps for the 3 days will be as per the current handicaps following the Loose Cannons game at Kota Permai on 18th March.
Orna Golf Club

Tiara Malacca Golf & Country Club

Ayer Keroh Golf Club