With 30 players consisting of 25 members and 5 guests we had perfect field size for ten 3-ball teams. Teeing off at 11.50 with 10 minute intervals on top of that should have meant that we would finish in well under 4 hours. Of course, that was not the case as we were all held up by 3 4-balls in golf carts ahead of us. With no marshals to be seen during the whole round as is normally the case when one of our teams is 5 minutes behind, we ended up needing 4 1⁄2 hours. It is good to see though that HKGC has taken immediate action yesterday to speed up play on the Old Course.
With the match under way, one of the important questions was whether the members would protect the assets of the society sufficiently, i.e. the yellow balls. In group one, our new member Ollie Watt forgot about the Grace Kelly rule (should have taken the driver) on the second hole and hammered the yellow ball into the car park on the right with his 7 iron, missing JP’s Tesla by 6 inches and securing his team consisting of Martin and Lorenz and him the keenest team prize. His second tee shot, with the driver, then landed just left of the green. Only 2 teams brought their yellow ball back with Terry, JP and Darian winning Best Team. Dave will need to write off some assets.
Other than that, it was a rather uneventful match with no shot of the day recorded. Darin Yip as one of our 5 guests played yet another excellent round, and Wes Jones, one of our two new members recorded his first top 10 score with a solid 33 points.
Ollie secured himself the keenest golfer prize and we had 3 winners in the two’s competition. Big swings in the Order of Merit after this event with Noel and Peter moving up to Tied 1st and Matt, JP and Lorenz losing a bit of ground. Early days though and a lot can happen during the year.
In our main competitions, Stephen Ahmoye took home the Best Gross Prize. Mark Hall came runner up in our stableford competition on a very good 35 points and Terry Wright won the Heritage Cup sponsored by Gary Player on our 50th anniversary on a solid 37 points.
Mark with a lot of cash on his voucher
Terry with one of our nicest trophies
Our next competition will be held on the Old Course again where we will be playing for the Tiger Cup from the Black Tees on July 12th.
Those of you who were considering not to attend the AGM because of the new car park charges at HKGC will be pleased to learn that HKGC has suspended the scheme for now.
See you all on July 12th Lorenz
Best front 9
Best Back 9
Team Event (Yellow Ball)
Shot of the Day
Ollie Watt (for a tremendous effort to hit JP’s car in the car park with his tee shot on the 2nd)
EVENT NAME: The Heritage Cup 2021
COURSE TEE BOX: Old
TEE OFF TIME: 12.04