There is hope!
Another 40 player field with 35 members and 5 guests set off at 08.04 on a stunningly well maintained New Course. There were a few scattered requests for preferred lies but given the heat, securing buggies proved to be more important.
Armed with pace of play scorecards the teams set off in their race against time and miraculously, almost all teams managed to complete the round in just over 4 hours. Even team Farmer managed to do so, despite a short delay because of a prayer from the Scottish Presbyterian Priest in the team before teeing off on hole one, a video of which is trending on social media. This was followed by rather ungodly swearing by the very same priest after he topped his tee shot as I was told. The guest in the team, for whom all of this was staged, was nevertheless in the firm belief that he was playing with a priest until hole 17, when another outburst of unrepeatable words put an end to it.
The match play season is well under way, and we saw 6 matches being played in the 2021 season as well as the final of the 2020 season, with Dave and Noel as finalists. Dave got the upper hand of Noel and won with 2 up. Congratulations to both of you.
In our various competitions, we saw Hilly with the only member’s two of the day, two nearest to pins and a longest drive. Steve Rowlinson, not having played with the society for over two years, was determined to win a prize upon his return which he did – as the keenest golfer. A bag of beautiful presents is now his and of course he will be required to wear his new socks and the watch at our next event.
The team competition “Net Birdies or Better” was won by Messrs Hakli, Cameron, Waag and Rowlinson with an impressive 14 net birdies and 3 net eagles for 54 points. On the other end of the table, the team with the lowest overall handicap, Ahmoye, Cuvelier, Shah, Rush only scored 28 points for the keenest team award.
Todd Hooper and Matt Burke made it to the winners circle, securing the 1st spot in the front and back nine competitions, as did the winner of our last competition, Stephen Ahmoye, who won Lowest Gross on 77 shots.
In our main stableford competition, Jonny Brock ended his round as runner up with 36 points and our winner on 38 points was once again Mr. Steady, Peter Boothby on 38 points.
The shot of the day was awarded to Dallas Reid for his shot at a certain group of members as part of the pace of play commentary with the quote: Would the primadonnas who need to take off their glove after every shot please put it back on before they reach their ball for the next shot.
It is very unfortunate to see both Malko Schraner and Jukka Hakli leaving us to head back to Europe. Do stay in touch and join our events when you are back in Hong Kong.
Our long standing member Rob Henderson will be visiting Hong Kong in early July for an appointment with his doctor. Unfortunately, he is fighting cancer again and will surely be happy to meet up with his LSW buddies when possible. He can be reached via Todd Hooper and his WhatsApp is still active.
On the brighter side, the preferred lies monsoon only hit Fanling this morning after the brief scare in the early afternoon yesterday. Good thing that we weren’t washed off yesterday.
Our next event is on June 15th at 08.04 on New Course, do mark your diaries (correctly, Randy 😊) Once again, thanks for all your support over the past years. Despite the hard work it was fun being
your match secretary.
Photos of the happy winners
Our Match Play Winner 2020 David Collins
The Dave Edwards Memorial Trophy Winner Peter Boothby
(With JP sitting down)
Best front 9
Best Back 9
Shot of the Day
Dallas (emailed shot abusing primadonnas for holding up play while they faff around with their gloves)
EVENT NAME: Dave Edwards Memorial 2021
COURSE TEE BOX: New
TEE OFF TIME: 8.04