Malacca Away – 12th-14th March 2019

Day 1 – Orna Golf & Country Club

The first day of Melaka Away 2019 is done and dusted. It was an ordinary Loose Cannons Tuesday game at Orna’s West and East nines. Quite a nice course actually, good layout but a bit dry though.

Mike Smith, LC’s founder looked forward to this but unfortunately he could not attend as his doctor gave him yesterday strictly instructions of; no golf, no car driving and no alcohol for 10-days. And of top of that Roger McGowan had a bad back despite consuming some German medicine on the way back to Kuala Lumpur.

So we ended up with two flights only.

Results

1) Martin Belderink hcp 23, 90/41

2) Bernard Romahn hcp 14, 82/40 which is lowest gross as well

3) Hans Berger hcp 30, 102/36

4) Ricardo Castro hcp 15, 90/33

5) Andrew Robinson hcp 30, 105/33

6) Jan van Driel hcp 26, 104/30

7) Joseph Winter no official LC hcp yet 97/29

8) Ray Funnell 33, 118/23

Day 2 – Ayer Keroh Country Club & Day 3 – Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club

After a night out on the town, well it was mainly limited to Restaurant Curly Tails lovely food, day two of the Melaka Away 2019 awaited us at Ayer Keroh Golf Club Berhard, it is perhaps the most scenic of the three courses in Melaka

We started with Governor nine and ended with Ghafar, 6070 meters long from white. Like we experienced from Orna, the courses were dry so we got some bounces and extra meters. Governor nine was perhaps the better of them.

The last couple of years having a beer or two for lunch in their restaurant has been complicated, but after last years election beers are now available again and with the food coupons we received we had our lunch there of course.

Back to the hotel, we others had a rest whereas Ricardo was looking for a place to replace the putter shaft. Before heading off for last nights dinner and activities we assembled at our hotel Ramada Plaza bar for a few beers, buy one get one, was a good deal. Walking through Melaka at sunset along the river is very nice and you will see new restaurants open here and there since last year. I was looking for my very old place “Honky Tonk Heaven” but John the Kiwi owner and a very good piano player, had closed some years ago and left. Instead of the 21st floor sky restaurant we went for Bistro Year 1673 at Jonker Street. We have spent many Melaka Aways there and have good memories like when Geoff Parslow entertained us singing. Food was as usual very good, splitting the bill i.e. Going Dutch did not workout or was voted down by the wine drinkers I suppose so one could hear some noisy guests, but I think that is forgotten now.

Thursday the 14th of March the last day of Melaka Away 2019 arrived and rumors was saying that one guy had left the hotel very early for putting lessons. Our requests for caddies was delivered as asked for, very good as one cannot drive on the fairways. Quite a few complained about Tiara Melaka’s Meadow nine, I thought it was better than the Woodland nine. Overall all courses we have played suffered from lack of rain and poorly raked bunkers.

We had a good prize table, four bottles of wine, several boxes of golf balls, golf caps and some home made spicy stuff by Andrew Robinson Inc

The last day starting leader-board looked very different after all was done and dusted,

Wednesday and Thursday result you can see in the tables below.

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Overall result :

Winner Ricardo Castro 70 points

Ricardo the winner

Shared second Hans Berger, Jan van Driel and Bernard Romahn  62 points

Aftab Ahmad and Josef Winter came shared fifth with 57.

Andrew Robinson 56, Martin Belderink 55 and Ray Funnel with 48

*Josef will have a LC handicap from now on

And a big thank you to Joseph for the kitty contribution, we will use that wisely

Many Thanks Everyone and Cheers – Hans

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Results – KGSAAS – 12th March 2019

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With some Loose Cannons members away in Malacca for 3 days tour we had some leftovers here in KL gagging for a game ……. so we decided to play KGSAAS as many of those players missed the game last week at this course. We had 3 full flights with 12 players and after a very efficient check in we tee’d off on President and Shah Alam 9’s at just before 8:00am ….. with only a minor delay because Robert Mulliss had to change out of his “illegal” cargo pants into something more becoming!

The course was very quiet but after heavy rain overnight the course was a little wet with many of the bunkers flooded. The greens however were fine and played very nicely. After the storms of last week there was a lot of evidence of downed trees and branches throughout the course but the maintennace crews were tidying this up very well.

After the game we had a pleasant lunch at the club and managed to spend the carryover with a well judged RM49.99 per head for all players who stayed for lunch.

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Results

The winner this week was Kevin Wiggins with a score of 91 for 37 points and then 3 players all in 2nd place with 35 points. Best gross was Martin Walsh with a 90 and David Evans got best value for money with the highest gross of 117. Full scores tabulated below:

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Results – KGSAAS – 5th March 2019

We were four full flights as Paul Geddes responded to the empty slot announcement, many thanks for that.
Weather was very nice although a bit hazy in the early morning.
Being a member I have a “hate – love relationship” with this course, Alam Shah nine is most of the time in good condition and nice to play whereas the President/Sultan nines are commonly soggy and the grass is now of a cow type.
We welcome Aftab Ahmad back to Malaysia from California, this time he will stay for six month and this was Joe Lacy’s last game before heading for Portugal, his new retirement home.
And the winner was Joe Lacy with 39 points
Shared second with 38 points, Ricardo Castro and Paul Geddes
Third with 36 points, Martin Belderink
Lowest gross, Paul Geddes 79
Most players assembled at the Golfers Deck for lunch, Martin Walsh reduced the bill a bit as he just have had his birthday, many thanks and happy birthday.

Results

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Joe nd his goodie bag

Results – Kota Seriemas Golf & Country Club – 26th February 2019

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The February Trophy game was held at Kota Seriemas Golf & Country Club with an early teeoff at 7:20am which required us to be at the club by 6:40am! With 22 players we got off on two tee boxes and most of us made good time round the course. Course conditions were good and the weather excellent with a nice cooling breeze blowing.

After the game we had lunch at the rather expensive Restoran Loon Sing even with great effort on Tony’s part to choose the cheapest dishes. Probably better to drive an extra 20 mins or so to East of Highway Restaurant in future

Results

The winner of the February Trophy …. or medal …… was Martin Belderink with a score of 93 for 38 points.

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Runner up was Andrew Robinson with 102 for 36. Best gross was Andrew Chez with an 81. Full results tabulated below:

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Results – Nilai Springs Golf & Country Club – 19th February 2019

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With 6 flights this morning at Nilai Springs it had all the trappings of a long registration and a delayed tee off but amazingly the registration was fast and we got off on the Island and Pines 9’s at around 7:30am. Having said that all 6 flights were on the same 9 – it would have been so much better if they had managed to split us 3 flights per 9.

Weather conditions were good and the course in fairly good shape ….. but the greens here are always a problem with their convex shape, multiple contours and some fairly dubious flag positions.

So everyone found the course tough and no one beat their handicap today.

After the game we had lunch at the clubhouse – probably should be avoided in future as the beer is very expensive (almost RM90 per jug) and the food rather average resulting in a RM80 per head charge.

Results

We had 4 players on 34 points today (yes …. that was indeed the best score!) so we had to do a countback. The winner was Andrew Robinson with 104 for 34 points. Best gross was 90 shared by Stuart Taylor and Ricardo Castro. Worst gross was Peter May with a good value, RM/stroke count of 124. Full results below:

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Results – Bukit Kemuning Golf & Country Resort – 12th February 2019

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We had an early start this morning at Bukit Kemuning at 7:30am sharp with our 4 flights heading off from the 1st tee. The morning was beautiful with clear blue skies and as the day wore on it became very hot. However the course was in good condition and we were not held up at all meaning a reasonable finish around 12:30pm then off to the O&S Restaurant for some food and much needed cold beverages.

Results

The winner today with a great score of 85 for 42 points was Stan Constantinides. Runner up was Brian Stubbs with 97/39 and 3rd place went to Joe Lacy with 91/38. Best gross of the day was Stan with his 85. Full results below :

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Results – Tasik Puteri – 4th February

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The course was a little busy this morning but after a lengthy registration process we eventually got all 5 flights off the Puteri and Putera 9’s at around 8:20am. Weather conditions were very good – sunny, blue skies but high humidity. The course was in very good condition so all in all it made for a good morning’s golf. Some flights were held up but we all finished by after 1pm then 16 of us had lunch at Chin Heong Restaurant closeby.

Results

We usually get some good scores at this course and this was no exception with David Evans (back from a recent back injury??) scored an excellent 94 for 41 poiunts to take the win for the day. Runner up was Kevin Wiggins with 88 for 40 points and in 3rd place was Graham Cadman with 96 for 39. Best gross was Martin Walsh with 85. Full results below:

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Results – Staffield Country Resort – 29th January 2019

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With 5 full flights and a promised early tee time of 7:30am we knew when we arrived at Staffield this was going to be a problem. It was busy with many walkers already getting ready and heading to the tee box as well as a large groups of other players. So after a tedious registration it was after 8:00am till we got started with all our flights teeing off from the Southern Nine then crossing over to the Northern Nine.

However once we got started it was plain sailing and the course and weather conditions were excellent. After the game we had lunch at the club and Hans Berger made the presentation for the January Monthly Medal winner and for 2019 we now do indeed get a medal for this and not a trophy as in previous years.

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Results

Tony Morris was our Monthly Medal winner for January with a great score of 84 for 43 points. Runner up was Allan Wright with 95 for 40 points. Best gross of the day was shot by Niall Murray with a 79. Full scores below:

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Winner of January Monthly Medal – Tony Morris

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Bukit Unggul Country Club – 22nd January 2019

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We had 14 players today at Bukit Unggul for an early start at 7:15am to get off before a large Korean contingent. We welcomed back David Hughes who played at the start of his routine once a year visit to Malaysia. We teed off from two tee boxes at 7:15am sharp under the gloomy dawn light. The course was predictably poor with quiet a number of the fairways in very bad shape due to wild boar damage. Many of us remembered the last time we played here and said that would be the last time …. when will we learn.

After the game 12 of us took lunch at East of Highway Restaurant and the coffers were boosted by a RM200 Birthday donation from Stuart Taylor and a 100 game celebration donation of RM100 from Ricardo Castro.

Results

The winner today with a great score of 86 for 40 points was Kevin Wiggins beating Erol Akinci in 2nd place on 94 for 39 points. Best gross of the day was Martin Walsh with an 84 (should have been an 83 after 3-putting the last!!) Full scores below:

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Results – Kota Seriemas Golf & Country Club – 15th January 2019

img_407615 Loose Cannons players played at Kota Seriemas Golf and Country Club today with a sharp tee off at 7:30am all from tee box no. 1. The course was in fine condition and the pace was good on the front 9 but by the time we did the turn we had a jumbo flight group of 5 players in front who held us up for a number of holes till they let us play through.

Lunch after the game was at East of Highway Restaurant and Tont Morris kindly threw in RM300 to the pot to celebrate his birthday this Thursday … thanks Tony!

Results

The winner today was Stan Constantinides with a score of 93 for 35 Stableford points. Runner up position was shared between Ricardo Castro and Roger Surieux both on 34 points. Best gross of the day was Ricardo Castro with 89. Full scores below:

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