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.
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.
Overall result :
Winner Ricardo Castro 70 points
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