The 68th PAL INTERCLUB will be held at Cagayan de Oro, in the Mindanao region of the Philippines. A few years ago, when the tournament was held in Davao, some BIRDIEHUNTERS had a fabulous time.
This year, we anticipate an even more exhilarating experience as we also plan to enjoy “pristine golf courses” north of Manila two weeks before the SENIOR TOURNAMENT.
The CLARK GOLF TOUR 2015 has been organized by a Canadian golfer retired and living in the Philippines (and married to a lovely Filipina) to provide us and other participating teams with an opportunity to get acclimatized and limbered up to tackle the tropical weather.
It should boost our chances to compete for the Championship.
Our club is deep with golf talents: DAVID, CHANG, MILES, HAN, JOE, HOWARD, DANNY, RORY, ED, MARIO, and some with great attributes and luck: HARRY, VINCENT, JOE, CHRIS, JOHN Of course, if “charm” counts, we got CHANG L, SUNNY, and well…..El Kapitan!
Imagine, with this calibre of golf talent we have, what are our chances of bring home a trophy? Top notch!
TIME TO PLAN YOUR GOLF RETREAT in FEBRUARY and JOIN US at the CLARK GOLF TOUR 2015 and the 68th PAL INTERCLUB.
Where is the FOG COVER TERRAIN indicator in the weather map?
We were all eager to get a great game of golf at NorthView Ridge on Thursday with a promise of SUNNY ALL DAY WEATHER! We also anticipated outstanding greens nearly a month after they were aerated.
We did not get either one…… with some exceptions. The trek to the golf course was gloomy as the entire Surrey area was fog-ridden. It was hard to see 50 meters away! Fog cleared hours after we finished our game.
The Ridge was just not worth it at this time.
Yet, all 16 birdiehunters showed up with great anticipation. David brought his friend DANNY to play with us for the first time. Lo and behold, a few are acquainted with DANNY. It seems he has rubbed elbows with some, many years ago. Welcome to our group DANNY!
Before some salacious details, it is clear that many of us are not accustomed to “playing in the dark”. What else could explain two “9’s” for KING KONG in the front nine; or a 10% discount 9 for MR. LUCKY on the 18th?
(It’s a good thing that the two are never temperamental on the course no matter what! They just move on to the next shot.)
But it seems that these were not the only “John-Daly-tough” scores for the day. I was told that SOMEONE is intent on claiming the SB#1 title all to himself. JOHN took a TEN (10) on the 18th – to lose by ONE SHOT to DAVID, who kept it cool with a 76! It does not take a mathematician to figure out what his net score would have been even with a bogie! DAVID took first place and HEE JEAW, third. (Photo of winners below.)
SIMON claims bringing home THREE BIRDs (on 5,6, and 18) but could not come close to the ultimate winners!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 – POINT ROBERTS
At least the greens at Point Roberts are excellent….and so is the price $32!
When he messed up his shot from the left side bunker of the first hole and then 3-putted for a double bogie, we all said, “Forget the masters!” But with a dollar at stake for KP on the next hole, his 7-iron shot sailed about 20 feet above the red pin. Good for KP, we thought. Seizing the opportunity, HORANGI struck a smooth putt that dropped the ball into the hole for a birdie. It would have been a 4 point skins but he opted out of the skins game.
Still there was no need to get excited. Then he made par on the next few holes. On the par 5 5th hole, he took out his fairway wood and split the fairway. He had a wedge for his 3rd shot at the pin which was tucked in front. The approach was less than a 10-footer – which he birdied. Suddenly, what looked like an impossibility turned into what could conceivable be a good round. His two birdies erased his blunder on the 1st hole for an even par 36 going out. We really were not concerned with his game because we had our own skins game going.
He was not really sharp but he scrambled like Mickelson. His drive on the 10th tee was long but in deep rough 5 yards off the fairway. He had to muscle a 7-iron just to get to the fairway. His lob shot fell softly within 6 feet. I thought I was watching Stenson as he dropped it in for par. At the first par 5 of the back 9, his errant drive found the left side bunker. Still he smashed his fairway wood about 145 yards to the green. His approach was long and he chilli-dipped his next for a rare miscue – which caused him a bogie. But as luck would have it, he rebounded with a birdie on the next hole. His only other bogie of the day was on the 167 yard par 3, when he found the bunker on his tee shot!
All of a sudden, when he started dropping putts for saved par, we started to cheer him on but he deposited his last drive in the bunker right. It left him with an approach of about 147 yards after he conceded playing a safe shot. His normal composure was visibly challenged as he skulled his 3rd which kept going as if the ball had a motor. It found the green about 35 feet below the pin. I told him that “That was one of the longest putts I have ever witnessed”. With his nerves frayed, he left his putt short by 5 feet. His putt for par spun around nearly 360 degrees and ended up bottom of the hole for par.
He could not contain his composure as he was jumping up and down as he left the green. “It is the best round of my life,” he exclaimed, “a 73”.
Here is our score card:
I think we have to submit this to Arthur Andersen for an audit. Combined with his 70.2 net at Kings Links last week, his 73 on Thursday could give him a net 62.1 for a total of 132.3, 1 point lower than JOHN’s 132.4.
If this were to be proven true and correct by the auditors, this could represent an incredible upset worse than Greg Norman’s collapse on the last day of the Masters when he blew his lead to the ultimate Masters Champion Nick Faldo in 1996!
It has been a while since our web page was updated. With the current match play championship in its final week, I thought it would be appropriate to publish results so that you can freely share them with your associates and friends.
BUT FIRST, a RECAP of our 2013 Golfing Season
We have had a surge in participation with our weekly tournaments averaging more than previous years. We have had some ladies at a couple of outings and certainly do not impose AUGUSTA MASTERS all-male ruling of past years. CAROL, JOAN, SHERIDEE, we enjoyed your presence and hope that you will again consider adding beauty to brawn anytime soon.
DAVID, CHRIS, BILL P, BILL A, MARIO, REUDI, ENDANG, now ORESTES are some of our new or returning golf pals. We have also had CHANDRA, the Indonesian Ambassador to the island of Fiji, join us while he was vacationing in Vancouver. I hear he is being summoned back to his country for some issues questioning his declared golf handicap. The manner in which he calmly mowed down the best of the birdie hunters makes me suspect that he is in fact taking some serious lessons from VIJAY SINGH.
Meanwhile, BILL P has begged off from recent games because of “knee injury”. He says that he is fine walking 9 holes but could not handle any more stress thereafter. He tells me that sadly, he could only play if he was given “motorized cart” playing privileges. Well, BILL P, I got good news for you. ED, our super senior champ, has also developed knee problems, and could no longer walk the course. Now he drives the ball 275 yards and jumps quickly into his cart to get ready with his pitching wedge on a 400 yard par 4! But I cannot explain to you why MILES or MARIO (young, robust, young punks) would need an electric cart.
DISASTER AT PEACE PORTAL
It seems that BRAD, Team Captain of the BLUEs, has conspired with his team “to do all they can to win”. EL CAPITAN suspected nothing when a free-wheeling golf cart came crashing downhill against his stationary cart. “It is an accident,” was all he concluded. HOWEVER, toward the late holes when the GOLD pairing of ERNIE and GERRY were starting to put pressure with well placed shots to pull even and gain points, the “freewheeling golf cart” on a downhill slope on the par 5 13th hole crashed violently against EL CAPITAN’s motorized trolly, dislodging and disabling its right wheel, rendering the cart unusable for the rest of the remaining holes. The GOLD pair was shaken up and lost a point on the hole. KING KONG, the culprit, after the game, was seen attempting to “thumb ride” his way back to Richmond as he came to the course with EL CAPITAN. Well, it seems that EL CAPITAN has a good heart after all, saving his good friend the humiliation of pulling a golf cart on the highway to get home!
TEAM CAPTAINS DISPLAY CALM IN SPITE OF ADVERSITY
The last minute withdrawal of MILES took everyone by surprise. It was also quite disappointing that EL CAPITAN had to refuse HAN’s guest (who might join our group later) privilege to join us at Peace Portal. We had a perfect 8 matches going but with MILES late withdrawal, the captains had to salvage the 2nd match play (requiring best-out-of-2-balls) with a strategy.
GERRY, returning from a European holiday, unknowingly was chosen to play a “mirror” match to help JOE against HAN and SIMON in the best ball series.
Hopefully, in the final match play next week, the TEAMS would be evenly matched so that no excuses would be offered by the LOSING TEAM when it treats the victors to a lunch.
RYDER CUP STATS
RYDER CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
3rd & Final
As you can see, both teams enter the final match with 5.5 points each. However, at the end of the match the tie would be broken by the INDIVIDUAL POINTS TOTAL. In this column, the GOLDs lead by a slim margin of 6 points – 89 to 83.
POINT ROBERTS @ 8 AM
Special arrangements were made so that we can finish early and enjoy lunch at Point Roberts courtesy of the LOSERS.
Keep in mind that the borders, including Point Roberts, are jammed up with cars owners filling at gas stations at a discount before going to work. Also, the Massey Tunnel, with only 1 lane going southbound from 6 to 9 am turns into a parking lot by 7-7:30.
Thus, start early and join us at TIM HORTONs (this time) at 6:45 – just south of McDonalds. McDo is no longer friendly or reasonable. Breakfast at TH is better.
MARIO is away. LU is back. HOWARD is playing. LU would then get to play with the GOLDs, while HOWARD returns to active play with the BLUEs. That means that NINE (9) single matches would determine the 2013 RYDER CUP CHAMPIONS.
CNN may have their journalists/correspondents in Christiane Amanpour or Anderson Cooper covering important world events, but step aside fellows, cuz the Birdiehunters have EUGENE – our very own newly designated Golf Anchorman. Herewith is a taste of what may be future salacious account of exciting events with the hunters. (Your positive remarks/comments below this post would definitely encourage the writer to bring you colorful up-to-date news!)
While the Weather Network predicted sunny conditions with a 10% chance of precipitation, the Golf Gods apparently did not get the memo. One could be forgiven for believing that weather conditions would be “near-perfect” when making the drive out to Tsawassen, assuming that the person lived in anywhere BUT in Tsawassen.
Meeting with our esteemed captain, Ernie, and Harry at McDo, as per tradition, this contributor absolutely refused to give up hope that the sunlight would burn through the dark rainclouds characteristic of a Vancouver Fall, Winter, and Spring (hell, Summer too sometimes, we don’t exactly live in San Diego do we?). However, hope for pristine course and weather conditions began to fade as the Birdiehunters pulled into the clubhouse, waiting for a reprieve from the rain. After congregating in the clubhouse for 10-15 minutes, the Birdiehunters decided to settle for the (temporarily) mild conditions of the day and head out to the first tee box.
The cold, dreary, rain-soaked conditions at Point Roberts did nothing to dull the enthusiasm of the YOUNG men eager to tear up the course and post career-best rounds. With the exception of this contributor, who began the round with a terrible snap-hook that ended with a triple bogey 7, the cold conditions did little to affect the swings of the Birdiehunters: as evident by several booming, Bubba Watson-like drives. Despite a promising start, the cold, windy and wet conditions did little to help anybody’s game as the round turned into a battle of endurance against the elements: from mild rain to periods of heavy rain and cold temperatures.
After several terrible shots, this contributor had enough sense to follow the sage advice of Han: that there was really no need to tee off with a driver when facing the narrow fairways characteristic of Point Roberts Golf Course. It turns out that the decision to effectively “bench” his driver for the round was a wise one. The combination of course-management, a few clutch up-and-down pars and bogies, and keeping a cool-head happened to pay-off, as he barely edged the ever-consistent Han (net 67.6) and sneaky-good Harry (net 67.8) with an 87, net 67.0. Course KPs were taken by Han (2), Eugene, and Joe.
The sun finally shone to greet the Birdiehunters – near the end of the 18th hole. No matter what score was posted at the end of the round, this contributor believes that Mother Nature was today’s victor.
In the future, this contributor, Harry, and Captain Ernie will do their very best Raindance in to ensure the following outcome: that rain would “go away” and effectively “come again another day”.
NEXT TOURNAMENT – RIVERWAY
With SIMON & JOHN splurging and slouching in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, GERRY gallivanting somewhere in Europe, ALAN hub-nabbing with celebrities in Las Vegas, SUNNY still on our disabled list, and HAN attending to pressing business in Los Angeles – next week, we might have a sparse crowd at Riverway. You are enjoined to CONFIRM early so as to make sure there would be room for you to have fun next week.
On the3 rd hole at Surrey, after two consecutive double bogeys, HARRY nailed a 6 iron to within 18 inches of the pin on the par three and confidently stroked a birdie in the hole. Thereafter he played 1-under for 4 holes. Unfortunately, like some of the others he succumbed to the attack of the triple bogie monster.
The day belongs to SIMON though, who snuck in ahead of ERNIE by .5 points, tying for 4th place in UPS standings with CHANG.
BIRDIES HONOR ROLL
While MILES is representing Canada in a Bowling Championship in Orlando Florida, no one made a run at him. JOE missed the game too. HAN moved up to within 3 of the leaders.
AUGUST 12 AT POINT ROBERTS
We have a BILL-SUNNY-CHANG LIM special this Thursday. We return to POINT ROBERTS at 8:20 am.
How could you possibly win with a 4 over par on a par 4 17th hole and a triple bogie on the last hole which is a par 5?
Well, I guess you can if you are from Taiwan, speak broken English, and friends call you “JOE”!
A more popular name of course is, “Sandbagger”.
On a day punctuated with several double-digit scores at Mayfair Lakes last Thursday (April 15), Joe’s miscues on the last two holes did not matter. He was pretty steady before that to earn 1st place and the loot with a net 74.
Imagine losing 7 strokes to par! He could have easily been 7 under par!
SIMON took a 12 on the 18th hole to throw it all away. (He was the leader after 17 holes.
CHANG HJ took a 10 on the par 3 #15TH.
JOHN started it all on the 1st hole when he could not prevent his approach shots from going diagonally right (shanks)! He made 12 and then redeemed himself with a 10 on the 2nd hole!
MILES was steady and a birdie on the 11th gave him 2nd place for the day.
ERNIE avoided double digits on the 1st hole with a 9 but recovered on the back nine to take 3rd place.
VINCENT NAMED BIRDIE HUNTER OF THE YEAR by TIME MAGAZINE
The week’s highlight has to be the celebrations on Friday at Kirin at Starlight Casino of VINCENT’s formal admission to the BIRDIEHUNTERS’ Champions Tour. He turned 60 young.
CHANG HJ shows why he is our Gross Champ. He could easily be the Birdie Hunter’s “Big Easy” for his smooth swing style. Although he collected only one birdie for the day, his string of pars through the entire day, gave him a net 73.9 for the win.
The only other successful hunter for the day is one of sexy seniors who snuck in a putt from the left fringe on the 17th hole directly into the cup.
But the story belongs to JOHN LEE who has already won the “most honest golfer” award. Now he takes the Rodney Dangerfield trophy for two consecutive 10’s on the two par fives in the front nine. Maybe we can rename the trophy – the BO DEREK (10) award.
Point Roberts played tough. Perhaps because of the rain days before, the greens were a bit rough. But of course the course always presents a great challenge regardless.
The picture tells it all. Paired together at the Shanghai HSBC Championship last weekend, Tiger and Phil went head-to-head on the final day. The crowd anticipated an exciting showdown but it fizzled after 7 holes of play with Tiger’s double bogie on the 1st par three.
In addition, on the short 288 par 4 in the back nine after both gave it a shot to get on with their drivers; they ended up left of the hole. With the pin tucked right behind a deep bunker, they both had a challenging shot. Phil’s flop shot plopped with his lob wedge not even touching the ball for a missed shot. Tiger tried the same high lob shot only to deliver his ball into the bunker. TWO MISSED SHOTS on the same hole by the two best golfers in the world! Now I don’t feel so bad. But both got on the green on their 3rd shot and Phil knocked in for par what could have given him the championship. It was an incredible finish as Ernie Els played with fury, tying the course record of 63, only to miss his approach on the 18th, dunking his 5 wood in the water. His bogie prevented a play-off and a course record. However, Phil made it interesting by missing his drive left deep in the rough and playing out. He managed to take a long iron into the green for a 2-putt win.
INCREDIBLE DAVID FOSTER & FRIENDS CONCERT
With the foul weather, what can one do without golf? Well, we checked in at the GM Place for a rare musical treat. One of Canada’s most talented personalities, David Foster mesmerized the audience with a bevy of amazing performers like Michael Jones and Ruben Stoddard, American Idols, Peter Cetera, Sarah McLaughlin, and CHARICE.
The auditorium was packed, 90% must have been Filipinos anticipating their 1st look and experience of an amazing song diva, Charice.
The 2.5 hour show was electric. It also features a few incredible talented Vancouver singers including an 18-year old “boy” whose performance of You Raise Me Up and The Prayer, rivaled, if not surpassed that of the original artist, Josh Groban.
Ruben Stoddard is an amazing stage entertainer. Aside from a few favorite numbers that got the audience singing along and dancing to the beat, he “composed and arranged” a song impromptu on stage. David Foster was given a phrase “There is always hope” by a security guard who was asked to come up with “anything” at all and the entourage starting with David on the piano, cranked up a “new song” right then and there.