Results – KGSAAS – 31st May 2016

The May Monthly Trophy game was held at KGSAAS with 16 players registered to play. 15 players teed off a little late at 8:30am due to a rather busy period on the course – John Laidley was lost somewhere in the direction of Putrajaya at the mercy of his GPS or Waze – he eventually caught us up at the 5th hole we were playing around 9:30am.

The course was in good condition and the morning quite cool due to the overnight rain. However it was very hot by the time we concluded play at around 1pm.

We had lunch at the clubhouse with rather ordinary food and slow service. However Dave Evans kindly donated RM150 to celebrate his birthday (Thanks Dave!) and the excess monies from the day with a little top up from the kitty covered lunch.


The winner of the May Monthly Trophy was Ted Parslow with a gross of 82 and 43 points. This was also the best gross of the day. Ted will be cut 7 strokes. 2nd place was Tony Morris, with 90 for 40 points, on count back from Peter Kenyon with 94 for 40 points.



Full results are tabulated below:

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Results – KGSAAS – 5th April 2016

19 LC’s teed it up on an unexpectedly quiet morning at KGSAAS in pleasant weather; a tad humid but less hot than the last few days in the Klang Valley.
KGSAAS is usually in good nick and today was no exception. We played Sultan & Alam Shah 9’s and the entire course was well turned out and the greens were near perfect if a little slower than they looked, and the scoring reflected the conditions with an astonishing 17 players bettering their handicap.
The virgin winner was Dave Evans with 93 for 47 points, cut 11. The R/up (after correction) was Greg Mackley with 85 for 46 points with Vincent Vijayan 3rd with 92 for 45 points. The low gross of the day was 77 by Chez and worth a mention was Ted Parslow’s 4 birdies on the back 9.
The full results are attached.
Lunch was taken at the golfers terrace with everyone attending. The grub was OK and at RM30 per head including the beer, quite reasonable. This tells you something. Eating at the club when possible keeps the group together.
Welcome to Nathan Hill-Haimes introduced by Greg Mackley.
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Malacca Away – 22-24 March 2016


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!




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.






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.






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 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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How to Practice: Getting Up-and-Down

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Of all the skills around the green, one of the hardest to perfect is the art of getting up and down. While it might be hard to get the hang of, perfecting this can be one of the easiest ways to save strokes during your round. I mean, if you think about it, going from three shots around the green to only two is an extra stroke on your scorecard every time you get up and down. And you know we’re all about saving strokes here at The Golf Academy! So we’re here today to talk about some of the different ways to practice the art of getting up and down.

But why are we so bad at this anyways? I mean, even the pros have a hard time getting up and down. Well I think the problem, as The Grateful Golfer discussed in his article Practice Golf the Way…

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How Hard is it to Get a Hole in One?

Have you ever wondered what are the chances of getting a hole-in-one …… read this to find out the hard truth.

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hole in one.jpgWe all know someone whose gotten a hole in one before, or maybe you’re one of them. It almost has a mystical allure to it, especially for those who’ve never had one (I’m one of those people). It’s rare, even for tour professionals to hit a hole in one and even more so for average golfers. But just how hard is it to get a hole in one?

Well, if you’re hoping for one in the near future, I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news… According to the chances of an amateur golfer hitting a hole in one are around 1 in 12,750. That means you would have to play 12,750 par 3’s until you finally have an average chance at getting an ace.

If you consider that on a “normal” 18-hole course you only play about four par 3’s a round that means it will take…

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Pebble Beach Golf Club

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Pebble Beach Golf Course, Carmel, California.Pebble Beach Golf Links is a golf course on the west coast of the United States, located in Pebble Beach, California.

Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world, it hugs the rugged coastline and has wide open views of Carmel Bay, opening to the Pacific Ocean on the south side of the Monterey Peninsula. In 2001 it became the first public course (i.e., open to the general public for play) to be selected as the No.1 Golf Course in America by Golf Digest. Greens fees are among the highest in the world, at $495 (plus $35 cart fee for non-resort guests) per round in 2008.

Four of the courses in the coastal community of Pebble Beach, including Pebble Beach Golf Links, belong to the Pebble Beach Company, which also operates three hotels and a spa at the resort. The other…

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Results – Kota Permai – 10th February 2016


It’s alway a pleasure to return to Kota Permai Golf & Country Club, one of the best courses in the KL area by far. We took the opportunity to take advantage of the special Chinese New Year Golf Package for this week’s Loose Cannons game with 20 players making up 5 full flights. We got off on two tee boxes at shortly after 8:30 am under beautiful conditions. It was humid and overcast for the first half of the game then it got hotter as the sky cleared. The course was in great condition and the greens fast and with the slopes on some causing a few players to run off the green having successfully reached it! We were back in the clubhouse between 1pm and 1:30pm for lunch on the terrace. Thank you to Barry Cousins who is a member at the club and made the golf booking and the lunch arrangements.


The course played a little harder than it usually does, probably reflective of the tough greens with only two players bettering their handicaps. The winner by a large margin this week with a marvellous round of 97 for 43 points was Glenn Wombwell …. well done Glenn …. cut 4! Runner up was Martin Walsh with best gross of the day of 89 and 37 points. Full results below :

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Results – Kinrara Golf Club – 2nd February 2016


This seemingly straightforward and innocuous little Par 71 course can sometimes eat you up …. and this was one of those days with 20 Loose Cannons failing to conquer this course. Yes it’s a tight little course but today somehow balls were being lost left, right and even centre. The rough was deep and soft and just seemed to eat up balls …. even the fairway seemed to somehow magically camouflage balls making it very difficult to find them. The weather was good and predictably hot and humid as the morning wore on. The greens were in fairly good shape …. the problem appeared to be in reaching them!

We decided to play off the blue tees which is normally a good choice at this course as the white tees are normally located on the red tee boxes making it rather short on many holes. However today we found many of the blue tees were at the back where the black tees normally are making this even tougher than it needed to be.

We managed to tee off from two separate tee boxes and most were finished by around 1pm – then we headed to lunch at Rein Li Tan’s recommended restaurant Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan Tiga– in the darkest depths of Puchong Utama. Some people had problems finding the restaurant and one member didn’t make it due to navigational problems. The consensus (at least on our table) that the food was not that great with the exception of the fish and it also seemed to be a real struggle to get a cold beer …… so perhaps not worth the hike from Kinrara.


The scores today certainly reflected how tough the course was playing with only two members breaking 100. Of note Bernard Romahn managed to score only two points more than the number of clubs in his bag ….. and he actually had the proper number of clubs in his bag this week! The winner today with a measly 32 points was Mike Smith with a gross of 101. Mike is cut 4 for this wonderful performance! Runner ups were the French duo of  Charles Blanchet (97 for 31 points) and Roger Surieux (104 for 31 points). Best gross of the day was Stuart Taylor with 95. Full results below :

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Results – Staffield Country Resort – 26th January 2016



Some lessons learned.

  1. More than 6 flights is difficult to manage. 6 flights will be the max in future.
  2. Latecomers disrupt registration. 7:30 is 7:30…..LATESTIn future registration will not be delayed to accommodate late comers.
  3. Slow play needs to be addressed. If you start to fall behind speed up your play. Keep in touch with the flight in front.

Having got that off my chest I can report that 27 LC’s teed it up at Staffield in cool conditions that gradually warmed up as the round progressed, but with relatively low humidity and a strong breeze that was a full club in the later stages, the conditions could not have been better. The course was in good nick as usual at Staffield; the only complaint registered was a preponderance of unrepaired footprints in some bunkers. This of course is not something Staffield ground staff can control. It’s a Malaysian golf disease that is catered for in the KLLC local rulesRead them!

When choosing a venue for any of our games I make a point of asking if they have any other large groups or competitions registered at the same time. Staffield told me that they had a 12 flight comp at 12:30 but made no mention of the 10 to 12 flight group with a 08:30 tee time. (They claimed that this was a later registration and were slotted in AFTER us.) Despite protests by yours truly this restricted us to a one tee start. This, together with some slow play by one of our flights, ensured that the last flight didn’t complete their round until about 2pm………6 hours after the first flight teed off.

This results in disruption of the lunch with the early flights having to wait a long time for the late comers to arrive. Fortunately yesterday the first 9 lunch takers (flights 1,2 & 3)ordered their grub and kept a separate bill. Good thinking guys. 

The WINNER of the January Trophy was Andrew Robinson with 93 for 42 points. Second place was Ted Parslow with 83 for 38 points and the lowest gross was a magnificent 76 by Jason Winter which included a double on the first after driving OB. Bernhard Romahn carded an 82 for 41 points but was disqualified for carrying 15 clubs in his bag; a breach of the rules that he has previously been cautioned about. We play to the rules guys.

The full results are attached.

Lunch was at East of Highway with 21 attendees but due to the long delay between the first and last arrivals (almost two and a half hours) many had eaten and left before the presentation. Not very satisfactory but understandable.

Next week’s game is at Kinrara GC which is a TP course

The following week is tentatively Kota Permai subject to confirmation of their CNY package and availability. (Yes, we will play on Tuesday if KP is available.)


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Results – KGPA – 30th July 2014


Because of the Hari Raya Public Holidays on Mon/Tues 28th/29th July we had to have our weekly game on Wednesday 30th July. This was the trophy game and was held at KGPA.
Although the recent severe haze conditions threatened play, overnight rainfall cleared things up making it a pleasant although humid day. We had 17 players and after the usual inefficient and stressful checkin we all got off on two tee boxes on time. Unfortunately due to the lack of caddies (which were compulsory and part of the package) our last flight were without caddies – apologies for this. We did however not pay for this.
Most of us were finished in about 4 hours although the groups who teed off on the 1st nine were held up by some slow groups ahead. Course conditions were good – the course is being very well maintained at the moment following the fairly recent upgrade. This course is a tough and challenging course and being cow grass always plays long so we did not expect great scores.
After the game we had a pleasant lunch at the Selangor Club Sports Annexe – many thanks to Tony Morris and Andrew Robinson for facilitating our entry.
We did have 3 players breaking their handicap today and the July Trophy winner with an excellent gross 83 and 42 points was Mike Williams – congratulations Mike. Second with 86 and 40 points was Tony Morris (now fully recovered from his recent dengue fever episode). Best gross of the day was Geoff Parslow with a 79 …. and 2 eagles! Full results tabulated below.

All scores have been input and handicaps updated and can be viewed at our online handicap system website :