The final game of 2020 took place on the morning of 9th December. Eighteen of us ventured across borders (some for the first time in months) to play at Impian Golf and Country Resort in Kajang. With CMCO restrictions recently being eased, we travelled with confidence that the destination was going to be reached!
Two flights of three and three of four started from two tee boxes but those starting from Hole 10 had a very slow start behind the ‘walking golfers’, with Ricardo’s group recording a 3.5 hour first nine. Most groups recorded an 18 holes total time of more than 4.5 hours which is really unacceptable in todays’ climate and need to speed up the game.
Apparently registration was comparatively easy but then the fun started. Getting onto the golf course was another matter entirely. Impian only provide block times to groups meaning no individual tee times and thereby the potential for multiple groups to be at the tee box waiting to start. Wednesday was no exception. At least four flights of local golfers were suddenly on the tee boxes in front of our groups on both tee boxes, meaning a very slow start for KLOGGERS. My own flight waited over 40 minutes to tee off and we experienced hold ups on every hole until we were 6 holes in.
Impian is usually a very well presented golf course with fast and true greens and provides many challenges to most golfers. This time was no exception. The course was quite superb with only a few murmurs heard about varying green speeds (must agree) and of course, lost balls. Returned score cards reflected the difficulty of the course with only four players bettering their handicaps.
Playing from the ‘white’ tee boxes, our groups generally finished in under 5 hours but as stated, quite unacceptable. With CMCO restrictions easing, we could have expected to shower again before gathering for lunch but the showers were unavailable even if you brought a towel. Regardless, only 50% of the crew read the emails and brought a change of shirt, who then had to endure the pervading ‘mustiness’ in the restaurant. Refreshments a plenty helped us to forget about the latter.
Lunch was taken at the very reliable Restoran East of Highway which once again, put on a very good spread (ordered by Albert Koh – thank you) and all was washed down with plenty of amber fluid and grape juice.
El Pres (Paul) opened proceedings with a few words about the registration process and our frustrations outlined above. Of course, we couldn’t get by without our sponsors which El Pres acknowledged in his own inimitable way. Ricardo for the wine and Robert for his Balls.
Our winners on the day are as follows:
Overall winner – Vind Sidhu 86 gross for 40 points.
2nd Place – Paul Geddes 83 for 39 points.
3rd Place – Josef Winter 94 for 37 points.
Nearest to the Pin – Holes 7, 12 and 16.
Hole 7 – Thomas Stadler 1.9m. (Guest Patrick Teoh was 1.25m but did not attend lunch)
Hole 12 – Mahmud Mohammed 12m .
Hole 16 – Pietro 2.5cm. (As with men and ‘size’, there was some discussion over whether it was 2.5cm or 25cm)
Last Birdie – Rudi Schipper (Guest) Hole 16.
Lowest Gross – Geoff McLaws 81.
Following the presentations, El Pres called for nominations for COTD. The room was quiet. We must have been well behaved today……………..
- It appeared that no-one had anything to offer before our ever reliable Sigi, (for COTD noms) nominated Clive for selling him a GPS watch which never registers anything less than 100 metres.
2. This resulted in Clive retaliating with a nomination for Sigi, for “just being a C**T!”
3. Mahmud was generally nominated for equipment abuse which resulted in a broken driver shaft (very costly). Sweaty hands Mahmud?
4. Vind nominated Albert for losing his caddy somewhere during the round and then refusing the replacement that was brought to him.
5. Sigi then nominated Bernd (I told you Sigi was reliable) for showing Pietro his 9 iron from 156 metres saying he’ll easily get there with the club only to fall way short!
Bernd was unanimously voted the COTD and received the ‘winnings’ on the day.
Then there were only a few fines registered this month leaving the coffers a little bit lean.
- John Lee and Rudi Schipper for not reaching the ladies tee box (or having to play from the tee again) contributed RM50 each.
2. Vind for not wearing his KLOGS shirt contributed RM50.
3. Incorrect score cards Vind and Sigi RM20 each.
A reminder that you should only score one other player in your flight and record both his and yours on the score card you submit. All cards are to be signed by the player and marker. Every player is to submit his own card, not the card for the player you marked for. Do not sign for an incorrect score or you will be fined.
A clarification of the most recent instruction regarding fines and playing your 3rd shot from the tee box or not reaching the ladies tee box was needed following discussions with a player. Where a player ‘chooses’ to play his 3rd shot from the tee box (in the case of hitting your ball into the water hazard and a drop zone is provided), this shot is not considered as being behind the ladies tee box, and does not warrant a fine. That is, UNLESS the drop zone is also behind the ladies tee box. The latter will rarely apply if only one drop zone is provided for both men and women.
Some photos of the presentation and some really good pics from Ricardo to follow.