Christmas Lunch – Coliseum Restaurant – 18th December 2019

Following up on the final invitation, yesterday we had our traditional yearly Xmas Luncheon at Coliseum Cafe & Hotel downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Everyone arrived in time at the bar to have ample time for beers, gin & tonic etc and catching up, before we assembled at our usual room at the back of the restaurant.

Andrew began by asking for a toast for our, no longer with us Loose Canons, since it began years ago;

Murray Preston
Gordon Wingate
Andre Holm
Roger Smith

and this year

Ray Funnel
David Hughes

 

After that the groups founder Mike Smith said some well thought of encouraging words.

Follow up on that the Convener that’s me, was asked to say something;

– the number players per game has gone down since the heydays of 6-7 flights which is a bit much actually

– in general several players would like to play more games closer to KL 

Perhaps I did not say all this but that’s the situation we are in; more games closer to KL 

I don’t mind the extra travel now and then but if several are not prepared to, it defeats the purpose 

Every groups need new heads/faces now and then. I read that Sir Alex Ferguson during his days came into 

the situation that Manchester United had to change or mover people around every fourth year or so.

Coming end of February next year I have been the convener for three years and in my mind I have had the thoughts is time to handover the baton to someone else and just enjoy playing.

So it’s a done deal, Martin Belderink and Jan van Driel will take over from March 2020.

My last game as a convener will be Feb 25th and it well end were it started, at Bkt Unggul.

Would like to thank Andrew Robinson for organizing this event and the food I think was excellent and better than last year.

I believe the pictures attached speaks for themselves. 

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Results – Tasik Puteri – 18th December 2018

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We had 3 flights today and 12 players at Tasik Puteri and after an efficient registration we tee’d off early at just after 7:30am on the Putera and Tasik 9”s with our traditional santa hats on for the Xmas game. Weather conditions were really great and relatively cool after all the recent rain. The course was quite wet in patches requiring us to lift and drop on the fairways but the greens were excellent. We finished by just after 12 noon and had lunch on the golfer’s deck. A few Xmas jugs of beer were sunk to get us all in the mood for the festive season.

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Results

The winner today with 83 (best gross) for 38 points was Bernard Romahn beating Stuart Taylor on 86 for 38 points on count back. Full results below:

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Xmas Lunch – Coliseum Cafe – 14th December 2018

The annual Loose Cannons Xmas Lunch was again held at the Coliseum Cafe in KL. We convened in the bar prior to lunch and had the opportunity to honour the LC Xmas Lunch virgins (in this case Julien Hodson Walker) who duly stood on the bar and was annointed with Xmas snow.

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We then moved to the back room for lunch which was the usual routine of party hats, poppers, wine, and bad jokes. Lunch comprised of prawn cocktail starters, steak pie, turkey with trimmings and apple pie and ice cream.

Andrew Robinson, who kindly arranged the event, made a toast to absent friends who are no longer with us prior to lunch; Roger Smith, Murray Preston, Gordon Wingate and Andre Holm. We were joined by our founding father, Mike Smith, who made a nice opening speech to the group.

By the look of all the photos much fun was had by all attendees.

Loose Cannons Xmas Lunch – Coliseum Cafe – 15th December 2017

IMG_6594We held our traditional Loose Cannons Xmas Lunch at the usual venue of the Coliseum Cafe on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in KL on Friday 15th December. As per normal procedure we all met in the bar for pre-lunch drinks and had the extra touch of some santa hats to wear for the occassion. Everyone brought a bottle of wine and our Chief Somelier Richard Moss inspected these bottles and decided on which bottle was the worst one; in this case it was the one brought by Peter McGowan and he was fined the normal RM50.

We adjourned to the rear restaurant where our table awaited us and the usual festivities ensued after a welcome address by our Convenor, Hans Berger, and a toast to absent friends, Murray Preston, Gordon Wingate and Andre Holm.

During the lunch of prawn cocktail, roast turkey, beef pie and apple pie with ice cream everyone participated by telling a joke or singing a song.

The slideshow of photos below sums up the day.

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Results – Staffield Country Resort – 20th December 2016

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The pre-Xmas game was held at Staffield Country Resort. 20 Cannons adorned with santa hats and antlers headed off from two tee boxes on the Western and Southern courses at 8:00am.

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The morning was overcast and cool and then by the back 9 the sun came out but we avoided rain which was good. The course was in good shape but the greens running a little slow.

We had lunch at the club after the game with a few pleasant jugs of beer to help wash it all down.

Results

The clear winner today was Aftab Ahmad with an excellent 44 points and a gross of 90. Runner up was Hans Berger with a 94 for 39. Best gross of the day was Geoff McLaws with a 76. Ricardo Castro kindly donated a bottle of wine for an arbitary prize which was a draw between the best gross the worst golf and the mid placed player – Ray Funnell won the draw so scuttled of with a fine bottle of Portugese white wine. Full results below:

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Loose Cannons Xmas Lunch – Coliseum – 9th December 2016

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Once again we returned to the Coliseum Cafe for our annual Xmas lunch. There were 16 of us in attendance this year and as per the usual procedure we had drinks prior to lunch in the front bar from 12 noon till around 1pm. We then moved to the back restaurant at our usual long table strategically placed behind some screens, no doubt to shield the other diners from our rabble.

Mike Smith made the introductory remarks giving a brief history of the Loose Cannons golf group and then proposed a toast to absent friends, Gordon Wingate and Murray Preston.

Following the explosion of poppers, tooters and spraying of fake snow we commenced lunch. Interspersed with the food and wine we were entertained by numerous jokes, recitals and songs by the members. Much of these we had heard before but it was always entertaining to hear the same old jokes and songs yet again.

16 bottles of wine were demolished during the lunch after the numerous beers in the bar beforehand so all members duly staggered home well fed and watered.

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