Another “last game before lockdown” 12 members gathered for this event at Palm Garden. Weather conditions were pretty good. Unfortunately due to maintenance the greens were not very good. Let’s use this as an excuse that only 2 players scored their handicap or better. Josef was the clear winner today with 40 points, followed by Ricardo (36) and Dave, Helmut and Mike W all 35 points.Since there won’t be any more games in January we already have a January Winner; Mike Williams.Helmut is now an official member with 5 games. Welcome to the LC’s!
“Last supper” was at East of Highway where we celebrated numerous things. First of all the return and belated birthday (60 years young) of Iain, secondly Tony turning 71 next week. Both a big thanks for your contribution!We handed out the December 2020 medal going to Tony and we wrapped up 2020 Loose Cannon of the year. Despite his long absence Iain still came in as 4th winning the special prize; socks. Tony 3rd and Martin 2nd winning some MST vouchers and Ricardo as LC of the year with a floating trophy and a special golf shirt. Number 10 in the ranking was also eligible for a prize. Josef took that one.As usual the food -ordered by Tony- was very good and accompanied by a few Tigers that went down well. Take care everybody and hope to see you all after this lockdown again. Let this be the last one……..Stay safe!
After being washed away last week Kota Seriemas fully recovered and the 12 players had a beautiful day of golf (not the scoring…….). We teed off early under a blue sky and playing a golf course in a very good shape given the time of year where most courses are usually very wet and soggy.
Nobody managed to play his handicap today with Mike Williams as the winner scoring 34 points. Graham came in as number 2 with 31 points surprisingly followed by myself with 30 points after blopping the first 4 holes!We finished around midday, well in time to drive back to East of Highway where 8 members had a very good lunch -ordered by Tony- and number 9 Ricardo had to wait a while before the non spicy stuff arrived.
Mystery price for today went to Erol for a) enjoying himself on the golf course and b) producing the longest roll on the fairway………We also welcomed 2 guests; Helmut and Hans. For Helmut it was his 4th game already so next time he will be declared an official member of the LC’s.
Next week I have booked Palm Garden at 8:00 am. If we manage to get 4 flights we get a nice rate (10% discount). If it’s only 3 flights we have to pay the normal price (RM 255). So Cannons……………get out of your chair!
Next week we will also wrap up the remaining 2020 topics; December winner and LC of the year 2020.See the results below for both December and total year. We have several prizes available of course for the winner but also random…………
For the Xmas game we booked Bukit Unggul. We had 3 flights out and after a smooth registration and the traditional Xmas hat photo on the 1st tee box we all started well in time. The course was in an excellent condition with mostly good fairways and fine greens. The first flight including Tony took off as a rocket and we expected them to be in East of Highway by 10:30 am already. But then they got stuck behind a slow flight on the 2nd 9.
Flight one had all the top rankings of the day with Tony in 3rd place, followed by Helmut 2nd place and Ricardo winning today with an 80/39 score.
The lunch after the game was in East of Highway where Andrew organized some special Xmas arrangements. Andrew briefly memorized the Loose Cannons history and the dear members who are no longer with us. See his special report below. We wrapped up the year that has been a roller coaster for all of us and spoiling many of our plans. But luckily we were still able to play golf most of the time. And we even had our little away trip to JB. It was also good to see Hans attending the lunch. He is on the way back and we wish him a speedy recovery. Same for Andrew who hopes to be back on the course in 2021. As usual we had some very good food and a couple of Tigers did the rest.
A special thanks to the birthday contribution from Graham reaching the 70 milestone! Sorry that you had to receive another one of the LC sleeve of balls that you always seem to shoot into the jungle. Another special thanks to our ball sponsor Siggy, rewarded with a bottle. And to finish; a sleeve of balls for all the lunch attendees.
Last game next week will be at Kota Seriemas. Merry X-mas, Martin
Annual Summary by Andrew Robinson
Dear Cannons It’s been a funny old year with Covid all around us. But thankfully the Cannons are back out with their sticks and adhering to whatever rules are in place at the various courses. And Malaysia with barely 500 deaths so far has done rather well – UK with double the population approaching 70,000 deaths!
With our regular Xmas lunch venue, the venerable Coliseum, closed for renovations after some prevarication it was decided to have a more muted event in a private room at East of Highway after the regular Tuesday game at Bukit Unggul. 12 Cannons attended all wearing festive headgear – with Graham’s being the most eclectic!We paid tribute to those Fallen Cannons no longer with us, sadly 3 more this year. In chronological order we remember – Murray Preston, Gordon Wingate, Andre Holm, Roger Smith, Ray Funnell, David Hughes, Tom Holmes, Roger McGowan and Enzo Filoni. Rest in peace gentlemen.
And then it was time to welcome the Virgins – being those Cannons members attending their first Xmas lunch – Helmet. Joseph, Siggi and Martin. Not being able to get them on the bar at the Coliseum we did manage to get them on chairs for a light dusting and serenading by Tony in his own inimitable fashion.And then open season with poppers and whistles – sadly many of the poppers were kaput so a new supplier will be sourced for 2021.
The food was more than adequate in quality and quantity and washed down with much cold Tiger.Martin and Ricardo made two special presentations – one a Certificate to Andrew recognising his long support to the group and reaching 500 games! And the other being a bottle of something nutritious to Siggi for kindly sponsoring balls.And so on to 2021 and hopefully a vaccine in due time – to give us all a shot in the arm, no pun intended!
Wishing all Cannons, especially those still stuck overseas, a Merry Xmas and a Happy, Safe and prosperous New Year.
King regards, Andrew Robinson
Thanks to Ricardo Castro and Martin Belderink for the photos.
For the first game after the 2nd lockdown 14 LC’s gathered at Tasik Puteri. This course is normally in good shape but not this time…….. It had been raining heavily so the course was extremely soggy and on top of that the greens were off as well. So that was a bit disappointing. The good news about Tasik Puteri is that they heavily invested in safety; near every piece of water there are lifebuoys now!! WHY?? You can have a swim in between now while playing there…… They better put some more money in green maintenance. Only 3 members played their handicap or more and Tony (37) ran away with the victory today, followed by Mike and Robert both 36. Lunch after the game was at the club with only half of the group attending. We had to handle a few things like the October winner (Martin) and a couple of lockdown belated birthdays; Josef, Ricardo and Helmut all 3 rewarded with a sleeve of balls. Thank you all 3 for your generous contribution to the kitty. Next week we play Bukit Unggul followed by a Xmas lunch at East of Highway.
At the last moment some lost cannons found their way back to the group so we ended up with 3 full flights attacking Bangi. I haven’t seen it that busy in Bangi for a long time. Lots of golfers were probably out to play one last game before another lock-down started. Despite all this we were on our way around 8:00 am; playing the blue tees since Bangi is not that long. The course is in a good condition and still improving; very good value for money. Unfortunately flight 2 and 3 were held up by a slow flight that sneaked in on the 2nd 9. It took us at least half an hour more to get around.
We had some decent scores today with a number of players better or close to their handicap. Martin ran away with the money today (90/40), followed closely by Ricardo (81/39) and Tony coming in 3rd (88/38). See all scores below.
The monthly ranking after 2 games is headed by Ricardo and Martin with both 70 points, followed by Tony with 67 points.
Lunch after the game was at East of Highway. Thanks to Dave for organizing the table and the cold beers waiting for us since he was there already for about 45 minutes. The food is always good there and they didn’t disappoint us. We had a few mystery prizes to forget the lock-down misery. Sleeve of ball for Dave for keeping him waiting so long and also for nearly being killed by Brian on the first hole. Luckily Brian missed a lot of his targets today. Another sleeve for Ricardo since he plays so many times lowest gross. And the last sleeve for Robert playing most gross today.
Since the lock-down rules are unclear with regard to playing golf (especially the travel restrictions) we have to see whether we can play next Tuesday. The courses are open and have re-established the 1 person/1 buggy rule. A few groups have booked for the coming days to play golf so let’s see what that brings. It looks like we have to go for some trial and error………..I have booked 3 flights at Palm Garden 20 October 8:00 am. If it doesn’t work out I can always cancel. Let’s see………. So who wants to play; names please?
Thanks to Ricardo Castro and Martin Belderink for the photos.
The response was a bit disappointing with only 10 players this morning. We took off early and with nobody in front of us the first nine was over before we even realized it. Despite all the rain lately the course was in good shape and we started on Tasik which we didn’t play for a while. The 2nd nine (Puteri) didn’t go that smoothly since a group of beginners was in front of us and also playing from the blue………They let us play through but then we ran into another bunch of amateurs……. It made most of us a bit frolic. On hole 17 our 2 first flights ended up altogether on the T-box again and then decided to play a 6-ball; a bit playful behavior -honoring our society name- that most of us enjoyed. We still finished early. Scores were not great with nobody playing his handicap.
Winner today Jan with 100/32 followed by Ricardo (lowest gross) 89/31. See all results below. Thanks Jan for putting your prize money back into the kitty. We had our September medal winner to celebrate which is Josef thanks to his great performance at Bukit Beruntung early September. Well done!
Ricardo took over the lead in the annual competition from Iain who is still stuck in the UK. Allan holds the 3rd place. Another celebration was Robert Mulliss with 100 LC games. He generously donated money for the beersWe stayed at the club. Lunch at Tasik Puteri is always nice and good value for money and decent prices for beer.
Thanks to Ricardo Castro and Martin Belderink for the photos.
A great day to play golf. The weather was very nice to us, not too much sun. The course was a bit soggy on some places, not a surprise after the rain last day. For the rest the course was in good condition, a couple of greens were sanded, but even so very fast. It is a challenging course. When the ball is in the rough, it is not that easy to get it out in a decent way. But a good course, not too far away to travel and easily accessible. So worth while repeating.
The scores were very respectable, although no one equalled or played better than his handicap:
Martin won, (after his long holidays in Langkawi) on count back from Bernhard.Yes, personally I had a lot of problems with the course, which I played for the first time…………….
We had a good lunch in Lavaa, a new restaurant for a couple of us. Also this was a good experience.The mystery prize was for Ricardo with two birdies. Shared with paul, but as Paul was last weeks winner, the choice was for Ricardo.
The monthly competition is led by Josef with 78 points a large margin from Jan and Allan with 71 and Martin with 69. Don’t worry we still have one week to go!Next week we will have our trip to JB with 3 interesting and undoubtedly challenging courses. See you all there!!
Today we welcomed back Paul Geddes, for the first time in Loose Cannons for a long time! Welcome Paul!! He paid us back with a voucher which saved us quite some money on the green fees…👍
The course itself was in a very good condition. We played Mango and Pines, with a difference in the speed on the greens, but for the rest it was very nice to play there. The weather was very good to us, only when playing the last hole the sun came out, which made it hot, but that was only for one hole! If only the management could manage the flights on the course better. I don’t see the purpose of jumbo flights, in particular when they are in between other flights. The cross over from hole 9 to hole 10 gave a lot of waiting time, and of course that took the rest of the game a bit down.
Not so much for Paul, because he had the lowest gross score with 87, which ended him up in the 3rd place with Allan, both with 33 points. The 1st and 2nd place with 34 points went to Tony and Jan, where Jan won on countback on the last nine.
The mystery prize was for Paul. He won the real and only Loose Cannons cap, because he just came back and his generous donation for the day.
A beautiful day to play golf on a beautiful and excellent golfcourse! That is in short the summary of today’s Loose Cannons (with a small group) outing. The weather was certainly with us, not too much sun and a regular breeze to cool down even further. Now we know why so many of us are going to an island!The course itself was in a pristine condition.
We teed off from the blue tees a bit earlier than agreed because there was nobody on the course anyway. Why we couldn’t tee off earlier than 8.30, don’t ask me. The girl behind the counter didn’t know either…..Anyway, the greens were in an excellent condition, and also the fairways. The course was dry, so that gave an extra roll to the balls. sometimes very welcome, sometimes not, because suddenly water came into play!
We enjoyed lunch in I Suka, for the LC’s a newcomer. Certainly worth while to keep this in our list. A better quality food, and sitting at the same water as the other one.
Siggy was the only one playing better than his handicap. He mastered the course best of us.
The mystery prize this week was for Brian and earned a sleeve of balls. He had the lowest gross on the first nine. The fact that he ended on the shared third place, says a lot about his second nine 😁.
The monthly prize is headed by Jan (69), followed by Brian (67) and Allan (65). But still a long way to go, another 3 games!