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.
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:
Bukit Unggul a controversial course as we all know. Some hate it some like it (from what I saw today the majority). Anyway Bukit Unggul will always be a course for a heated debate. It was a good day for golf, everybody was in time, registration went smooth. Take off was something else. There is always people that are afraid missing the last bus and they were in our group unfortunately. Taking off before their turn and starting at the wrong t-box……………..why is it so difficult to just wait 5 more minutes and show some courtesy towards others in the group that are waiting for all to start as listed? Graham thanks for the apology, very much appreciated!
The course itself was in reasonable good condition, some greens a bit too sandy, a wild bore digging here and there but otherwise fine and not too wet at all.
Today’s winner Dave Evans put a marvelous 40 on the board despite producing the shortest t-shot with a driver I have ever witnessed; a 1 meter shot on hole 13. Mike came in 3rd with a 38 and the 2 guys running for the last bus to catch shared 2nd with 39.
Post game lunch was consumed at our regular hangout East of Highway with the usual Tigers going down and some good food. Thanks to Ray who contributed generously to celebrate his upcoming birthday.
We had 5 full flights at Bukit Unggul today and welcomed our new member Brian Buckley on his first official game (he did play at the Golf Charity Match but this was not scored).
2 notable senior moments this morning …….
- Paul Geddes made a detour in the morning on the way to golf (as he had “plenty of time”) to go to an ATM machine only to get stuck in bad traffic on his return trip to the club ending up being late and having to pay the RM20 fine …. just as well he went to the ATM!
- Stan Constantinides arriving early at the club in the dark made a wrong turn and drove down the buggy track to the golfer’s terrace area …. just as well he has a small car!
We started on split tees on time at just before 8:00am and it was our Highest Gross Winner from last week, Martin Belderink, who kicked off the game with an honoroury exploding ball shot on the 10th tee!
The course was in better shape than I have seen for a while and the greens were very good although some still had a lot of sand on them. Some tee boxes need to be attended to however ….. and of course as usual the showers after the game were stone cold.
We had lunch at the club after the game with 18 people attending.
The winner today was Bernard Romahn with 82 for 42 points and runner up was Kevin Wiggins with 88 for 38. Best gross today was shared by Bernard Romahn and Mike Williams, both with 82. Full results below:
The update to the Convenor’s Mini Competition as as below:
It was a wet and rainy start to our round at Bukit Unggul today with 4 flights heading out from 2 tee boxes before 8:00am. For the first 2 holes it rained steadily but then luckily eased up to make it more pleasant for the rest of the game.
The course has improved with most improvements seen on the greens. Even some areas that had been damaged by wild boar seemed to be better now. In many locations around the course we saw a number of stuffed toy tigers strategically placed in areas where a lot of monkeys had been a nuisance … however the monkeys have just moved elsewhere now.
At the turn we noticed a large group of golfers on the next nine …. a total of 6 players plus caddies … it looked like a large convention! Apparently Bukit Unggul are now allowing “Jumbo Flights” during the week with 6-balls …… not good if you get landed behind this rabble. Luckily though they did not hold us up on the back nine.
After the game we had lunch at Restoran East of Highway with 16 of us attending.
The winner today was Tony Morris with 88 for 39 points on countback from Graham Cadman also on 39 points. Tony did not make lunch so his winnings were kindly donated to the pot … thank you Tony! Best gross of the day was Mike Williams with an 81. It was interesting to note that the Bukit Unggul members playing today with their superior local knowledge of the course were all placed high in the score table today. Full scores below: