MILES is our 2014 Masters Champion

One of the longest off the tee, Miles posted the lowest number on record on the 2nd day of competition – a 74. It is no wonder that Bubba Watson above sits in admiration of MILES’ accomplishment. Sometime before the year’s end, it would be quite fitting to organize a dinner affair to allow the past Master’s Champion, JOHN, to hand over his trophy.


At the start of the year, HAN, had a 14+ handicap index. He recalls that he had a most painful experience playing in Thailand last year. He says that he was “just horrible”! It was then that he decided to work on his swing. He replaced his driver and he re-shafted his irons. He persevered through a couple of months trying to find his rhythm. His hard work started to pay dividends as he got more distance out of his Taylormade driver. He started dropping those putts. By summer’s end, his index dropped to 9.2.


When he scored 76 on the 2nd day of the 2014 UPS CHAMPIONSHIP, he continued to lead the tournament. DANNY, was trailing HAN by only -80 point; CHANG was -300 point behind.

However, on the final day at Point Roberts, HAN continued his superb play to capture the 2014 UPS CHAMPIONSHIP. He also is acknowledged to be The Most Improved Birdiehunter of 2014.

BILL, stole a bit of the highlight last Thursday. He pitched and putt like Jim Furyk. On the difficult Par 3 – 15th, his tee shot sailed right. With the pin tucked pretty closed to the bunkers right leaving a tough approach with a small landing area, BILL did not hesitate to flop his next shot 4 feet of the pin. He made the putt for his par. It was the winning “shot of the day” that captured 1st place of the week’s tournament.


There was a heartbreak story last week. With 5 holes to go, SIMON was -4 for the day. He had been playing pretty good golf since the 1st tee. Unfortunately, the demons were everywhere down the stretch. On the 14th hole, one of the monsters hiding 80 yard left, grabbed his tee shot. Attempting to safely chip the ball out, another demon got in the way. When the cursing was over, he surrendered 5 strokes on one hole. The Halloween goblins and monsters were not through with him as they forced a horrible 7 on the par 3 15th for another 4 strokes lost.










RYDERCUP-2014-TEAMSUnlike the PGA’s RYDER CUP teams in matching colours and outfit, the BIRDIEHUNTERS choose to be colourful, although we have to admit that many of these guys are really colour-blind.

The first match at KINGS LINKS mimics conditions at the British Open as the wind wrecked havoc. Although it was bright and sunny, the strong north wind played a big part in the game as shot making and club selection was vital. Even on the green, most had difficult time judging the speed of putts. Scores on this day tell the story.

GOLDs lead by 2 points

Here is a pictorial account of the 7 matches:



RYDERCUP-2014-MATCHES---2The strong favourites -BLUES- may need to come up with a good strategy for the next TWO-BALL BEST BALL match. It would be quite a task for the two captains to decide who plays.

THERE ARE A FEW members who may contribute to the tournament. Both teams are hoping that the “reserve corps” of BILL, DANNY, SUNNY, SHUBASH, and RORY would add to the excitement of the next two games.


Our planned trip to NorthView Canal has been pre-empted by 2 tournaments running simultaneously on that day. Hence, we have scheduled the next two games:



AUGUST 1 game shall be held elsewhere (as our game at Point Roberts is advanced one week for the match play championship). Watch for announcements about that.


As in previous years, we are celebrating the conclusion of this year’s Championship Match Play with a Special Lunch at Point Roberts. (Yes, there would be “roasted baked chicken”, SUNNY!) Make sure you block that day to be part of a grand occasion!



2014 Multiple Winners

TOUR #7 – Riverway WINNERS

1st place – EL KAPITAN (center); 2nd place – DAVID (left); 3rd place – RORY (right)

It just seems that the strategy of “keeping mistakes to a minimum” had paid off for EL KAPITAN, whose 5-under front nine carried his total score decently for a narrow win at RIVERWAY. Six players were within less than 1 point of each other last Thursday. DAVID is 2nd  with his net 69.8. RORY edged HARRY by .1 point to take 3rd place. HAN and VINCENT were .3 and .4 behind!


On the par 4 12th hole at Riverway, someone’s ball rolled through the green and his ball was nowhere to be found. Upon closer inspection, the ball was found in a ground indentation at the rough perimeter of the green. His playing partners declared that no relief could be taken and that the ball must be played as it lies. The player who happened to playing well, protested but could not identify the rule that could have given him relief.


The rule that would have given the player a free drop (relief – no stroke penalty) is Rule 25-1 Abnormal Ground Condition which is defined as follows:52904_ROG_RULESGOLF_TXT.qxd

“An abnormal ground condition is either casual water, ground under repair or a hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird.” There are many other detailed illustrations of AGC in rule interpretations. Clearly, if a ball lies in an unusual ground indentation or ground under repair – whether marked or not – the ball may be lifted and dropped without penalty. Tire marks on soft ground left by ground workers are a good example of “unusual ground condition”. A hole left by a pulled stake anywhere around the green or fairway area is also considered AGC!

TOUR #6 – Point Roberts WINNERS


WINNERS-TOUR#61st place – HAN (center); 2nd place – HARRY (left); 3rd place – DANNY (right)

They have to be happy, especially HAN and DANNY – multiple winners so far in the 2014 Golf Tour. These guys are not just golfers; they are musically inclined! HAN is a Cello professor and frequent guest soloist, conductor in some renown musical events in South Korea. HARRY has his swooning fans in some karaoke clubs in Richmond. DANNY plays the cellophane on a comb! He makes quite a racket performing!

HAN has Point Roberts mastered as he consistently shoots in the low 80’s nowadays – in the top 5 gross scorers for the club. HARRY has mastered the craft of keeping his index “high enough”, in preparation for the next Masters Tournament. SB#! contender for sure. DANNY is also in the top 5!

The big guns were silenced at Point Roberts. Is it because it is our first game with “Summer Rules” in effect?


A Husband takes his wife to play her first game of golf. Of course, the wife promptly hacked her first shot right through the window of the biggest house adjacent to the course.

The husband cringed, ‘I warned you to be careful! Now we’ll have to go up there, find the owner, apologize and see how much your lousy drive is going to cost us.’

So the couple walked up to the house and knocked on the door. A warm voice said, ‘Come on in.’

When they opened the door they saw the damage that was done: glass was all over the place, and a broken antique bottle was lying on its side near the pieces of window glass.

A man reclining on the couch asked, ‘Are you the people that broke my window?’

‘Uh…yeah! , sir. We’re sure sorry about that,’ the husband replied.

‘Oh, no apology is necessary. Actually I want to thank you.. You see, I’m a genie, and I’ve been trapped in that bottle for a thousand years.
Now that you’ve released me, I’m allowed to grant three wishes. I’ll give you each one wish, but if you don’t mind, I’ll keep the last one for my self.’

Wow, that’s great!’ the husband said. He pondered a moment and blurted out, ‘I’d like a million dollars a year for the rest of my life.’

‘No problem,’ said the genie ‘You’ve got it, it’s the least I can do. And I’ll guarantee you a long, healthy life!’

‘And now you, young lady, what do you want?’ the genie asked.

‘I’d like to own a gorgeous home in Manhattan complete with servants, and a winter mansion in Palm Springs!’ she said.

‘Consider it done,’ the genie said. ‘And your homes will always be safe from fire, burglary and natural disasters!’

‘And now,’ the couple asked in unison, ‘what’s your wish, genie?’
‘Well, since I’ve been trapped in that bottle, and haven’t been with a woman in more than a thousand years, my wish is to spend some romantic time with your wife.’

The husband looked at his wife and said, ‘Gee, honey, you know we both now have a fortune, and all those houses. What do you think?’

She mulled it over for a few moments and said, ‘You know, you’re right. Considering our good fortune, I guess I wouldn’t mind, but what about you, honey?’

You know I love you sweetheart,’ said the husband.I’d do the same for you!’

So the genie and the woman went upstairs where they spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying each other.

The genie was insatiable.

After about three hours of passionate encounter, the genie rolled over and looked directly into her eyes and asked, How old are you and your husband?’

‘Why, we’re both 35,’ she responded breathlessly.

‘No Kidding,’ he said.

‘Thirty-five years old and you both still believe in genies?’


“LITTLE” JOE Shoots in the mid-70’s to Win

He is now the leader in most fairway hits, greens in regulation, and lowest average putts in a round! With his consistency and scoring binge, LITTLE JOE has surpassed CHANG HJ and is fast closing in on DAVID’s lowest held handicap record.

However, there is a monster lurking around the corner. He rips the ball off the tee 275-300 yards; muscles a 9 iron to 150 yards just like Steve Stricker; chips like Kevin Na; and putts like Jordan Speith. On the 9th hole where MARIO had to chip and putt for a double-bogey, JOHN pumped his fist for his birdie! With such attributes and a humongous index, it would be tough to win against JOHN “Stricker-Na-Speith”.

TOUR #3 Kings Links WINNERS

1st place – JOE (3rd from the left)
2nd place – JOHN (2nd from the left)
tied for 3rd – ERNIE & DANNY (rightmost & leftmost)
WINNERS#4JOE now occupies the 2014 leaderboard with two 1st place wins (Tour #1 and #3). DANNY ranks 2nd with his Tour #2 win and Tour #3 tie for third. JOHN and DAVID are tied for third, while EL KAPITAN is in 4th place. MARIO is in 5th place with his 3rd place win at Tour #1.

SIMON our handicap maestro and mafioso mullah collector promised to soon publish an official UPS 2014 TOUR RANKING.





The 2nd group on the course last Thursday had to call in for someone to bring a golf cart ambulance to the 7th hole to attend to KING KONG. After extricating his ball in thick rough left of the fairway from an errant drive, HARRY collapsed in great pain and could hardly get up. His playing companions getting ready for their own turn to make a shot further up noticed his difficulty and immediately made a call to the proshop.  Everyone was concerned when they carted him off the golf course evidently in great distress.

Apparently, he suffered some kind of muscle pain but thankfully, we were informed that he was able to drive himself home.

After investigating the event, someone on the course apparently saw what had happened and sent us this picture, explaining the cause of the pain:

BAD GOLF SHOTI guess it doesn’t pay to get “this frustrated” after a bad shot – causes severe leg pain! Apparently, when he learned about the incident, Bill was extremely worried.




While Annie could not contain herself:


But now that we know what had happened, let us wish KING KONG a speedy return to golf. Meanwhile, JOHN was suspicious about the whole thing.


It appears that KING KONG is quick to recover from the mishap and promises to set the course on fire this coming Thursday at PEACE PORTAL.

No, no, no, he is not bringing a torch gun to the course!

Top Guns Dominate Opening Day

Tour #1 – POINT ROBERTS winners

JOE – 1st place (center)
DAVID – 2nd place (right)
MARIO – 3rd place (left)








With the weather cooperating, a near full slate of birdie hunters got the 2014 golf season started at Point Roberts Golf and Country Club. In a battle between DAVID and “GOLIATH”, the outcome is reversed because Goliath turns out to be LITTLE JOE. Hence, DAVID had to settle for 2nd place. The two were among a few who played in the 70’s. To shoot low numbers early in the season raises the bar immensely.

KING KONG tells me, he too, “plays in the 70’s……but any warmer, I’d rather swim or crochet!”

Meanwhile, “sneaky long” MARIO quietly smashes his drives down the middle, then chips and putts like a champ – for third place.


There were “no chickens” on the golf course on opening day but there was lots of roasted chicken after the game at the International Marketplace where the gang extended camaraderie after the game. At the luncheon celebration, there were no losers…but no wieners either!

Tour #2 RIVERWAY Winners

DANNY – 1st place (center)
HAN – 2nd place tie (left)
EL KAPITAN – 2nd place tie (right)



One of our newer members, DANNY finally shows his stuff, joining the elite top guns shooting in the 70’s. There is good news and bad news. Amongst golfers, it is really tough to determine what is good and bad in this case. With his win comes a price – his index would most likely drop to a single number. It is nice to have a single handicap in golf but then again…….. ok, ok, let’s not talk about sandbagging! 🙂

HAN was top birdie hunter for the day with his three birdies. However, SIMON tells me that “one of the luckiest golfers” in our group was 9 under approaching the 17th – VINCENT. A triple, double bogey finish found him .3 points short of the winners.

A double on the 18th cost EL KAPITAN the tournament – which goes to show how a single stroke could change the outcome of a tournament.

Martin Kaymer’s long par putt on the 17th brought him the PLAYER’S Championship on the 90-minute weather delay at Ponte Verde, leaving Jim Furyk missing a playoff chance being just one stroke behind.


 Tour #3 – KINGS LINKS



Although two groups actually enjoyed sunshine for 12/13 holes before the light drizzle last Thursday (April 24) at Peace Portal, the consensus reached was that we should give “the others” a chance and have a full attendance at our opening day.

Hence, we have re-scheduled the OPENING TOURNAMENT for this Thursday, May 1 starting at 8:30 at POINT ROBERTS.

But who are “the others”? Oh, they are the once who chose to wear a brand new concept in clothing – Disposable Golf Garb designed by Twit McChicken who thinks that after a golf game, the sweat and grime collected at the golf course should be left at the golf course and not allowed to permeate at the living room. But there is just one problem, it can only be worn on a perfect sunny day. One drop of rain will instantly dissolve the outfit. “The others” were afraid of the risk of being fully exposed in the middle of their swing to the consternation of the faithful others.

Here is Twit McChicken with one of his other inventions:


And of course, there are “some others”.

“Some others” are known to be afflicted with the “dark sky syndrome“. According to the Sickadaily Medical Institute, those afflicted with this illness are bound to have had some tragic experiences during childhood. One of the most significant experiences is being born on a brown-out night. The darkness in the room causes a traumatic effect that inhibits the child throughout his life with serious consequences.

Here is what happens to a person with dark sky syndrome when a dark cloud appears in the sky on a sunny day:

oldgolferIt is why we get messages like, “Sorry, I have to cancel because of my health!”
Someone else forgot to turn off his lawn sprinkler. When he awoke that morning, he looked out the window and said, “Oh, it is raining!” and cancelled.



On opening day, we welcome new members. As you all know, prospective members need to be recommended and endorsed by members. We have only a few requirements for membership:

1) They must be gentlemen
2) They must have “basic math skills” – counting to 10 – without fingers
3) They must not be prone to inciting riots or mutiny
4) They must not be inflicted by the “givemeitis” and “mulliganisimo” illnesses


After the game, we shall gather at the Marketplace for a shared roasted chicken lunch and camaraderie.


This is our tentative schedule. Note that on the last Thursday of each month, we have left it “free” so that we could consider playing at another course.

Also, the MATCH PLAY (Ryder Cup) and MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP have been scheduled in the calendar. An “inter-club” tournament has also been inserted in the schedule. We have plans to have a 2-day inter-club tournament whereby we shall have a competition with another club.

STILL ARGUING about handicaps on the 1st tee?

Actually, arguments on the course break out often when there is no full understanding of stroke advantage in handicap play. This happens too often especially on the holes rated most difficult (holes 1-7) because this is where golfers with higher handicap get 2-stroke benefit.

Using FULL HANDICAP is quite straight forward. A golfer with 18 handicap gets a stroke benefit on EVERY HOLE. Someone with 25 handicap gets 2 stokes on holes rated 1 – 7. In a skins game, a par gives the 25-handicapper an eagle (on a par 5 less 2 strokes).

Using STROKE DIFFERENTIAL gets a little bit more confusing even for our SUNNY guys! Why is that?  Somehow, they confuse individual play against foursome play. When four players are competing against each other, it is important to fully understand on which hole each player is awarded a stroke advantage. For example, on the highest rate hole (1) when 3 players (out of 4)  have a stroke advantage and when one of them gets PAR (and the other two get 1-over par), they often say “NO, IT’S A TIE because I get 4 strokes from you.” Are you confused?    

So who is correct? And how is that dispute resolved? In order to solve this dilemma, here is a pictorial illustration:



Let me explain. Using “fictitious” names and handicaps above, four friends decided to go out and play skins at Mayfair Lakes. Their handicaps are as follows:

ED – 17; ERNIE – 19; HARRY – 22; SUNNY 23

To demonstrate clearly, let us assume everyone shot PAR. As a test of accuracy, here are the results:

DIFFERENTIAL PLAY – You will note that ED (with 0 handicap) ends up with 71 (par); ERNIE gets 69 (2 better than ED); HARRY has 66 (5 better than ED); and SUNNY gets 65 (6 better than ED). Notice that all the holes are TIED except on hole #15 (6th most difficult) where SUNNY has the only hole advantage.

FULL HANDICAP PLAY – Notice that all the net scores are correctly adjusted for each player’s handicap.  HOWEVER, look at where the STROKE ADVANTAGE is recorded. Since SUNNY has the highest handicap (23), he gets a stroke on HOLE #9 (5th most difficult).


In the above case, the difference between the highest and lowest handicap player is only 6. Under differential play, the hole won is #15 (easier); whereas in full play, the hole won is #9 (harder). With full handicap play, the reverse happens. Tougher holes are won (because of 2 stroke advantage by the higher handicapper).


This is where some people are confused. Refer to the chart above. If on hole #3, ERNIE scores par and HARRY and SUNNY both shoot bogie (net 4), ERNIE wins the hole (with a net 3). It is not a tie even if ERNIE gives SUNNY and HARRY a stroke advantage. Why? Because in group play, the lowest (ZERO handicap) player, ED, gives all three a stroke advantage! TO BE ACCURATE in scoring, mark all the tough holes where each player gets a stroke advantage AGAINST the (ZERO handicap) golfer and deduct the corresponding stroke against the gross score on that hole. Then compare all 4 scores to determine if there is a TIE or if the hole is won. DO NOT COMPARE individual scores!

Hopefully, this will remove all misunderstanding and misconception about DIFFERENTIAL or FULL HANDICAP play!


At the Birdiehunters’ luncheon, there was a bit of a confusion. At first, SIMON declared VINCENT the Master’s Champion. Promptly, last year’s champ, HARRY stood up not only to present the coveted trophy but also to plant his famous trademark “Brokeback Mountain” greetings, which, as you can see in the photo here, VINCENT, was not too eager to receive.

Then, SIMON decided to check his statistics more carefully and immediately retracted his pronouncement. He declared JOHN winner but by the slightest of margin. All puckered up,  HARRY retrieved the trophy to present to JOHN. There was a lot of

commotion and excitement but JOHN successfully rebuffed HARRY’s advances! Nonetheless, when the shenanigan subsided, he did formally presented the trophy in a more civilized manner.

In attendance at the luncheon at Casa Pinoy on Bridgeport and # 3 Road were all the participants with the exception of BILL and MILES. BILL disqualified himself before the 11th hole and headed back to the office because he said, “I got a call from the office!”
We, of course, wanted to be friendly and understanding, but we think the real cause is the leaking umbrella.

MILES in the meantime, did his Houdini trick. Even with text messages’ follow-up, we could not locate him. If all is well, he may show up at this week’s game at Riverway. More about this week’s game below.

WAIT A MINUTE! The next day, SIMON  sent an urgent message declaring VINCENT Masters Champion – by the slightest of margin.
Good thing we got a shot of that early presentation! Rightmost here shows “Mr. Lucky” receiving his trophy.

As for the UPS CHAMPIONSHIP, HAN’s lead remained intact and claimed the honors of being the top money winner of the year.

JOHN’s amazing last game at Mayfair Lakes earned him runner up, with MILES overtaking JOE (away on holiday with family – AGAIN?) and CHANG HJ.
With HORANGI’s consistency on the golf course, he is closing in on the TOP GROSS LIST. He is just a few points below RORY.

The luncheon also celebrates the amazing “come from behind” win by the YELLOW-GOLD team. The BLUES were thoroughly trashed on the ultimate final day, winning ALL the singles matches. VINCENT, the team captain, reminds us all of JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL, they way he inspired the Europeans to handle the American their most bitter loss.
It has been a fabulous year for the BIRDIEHUNTERS. We anxiously await the start of the next season with SIMON pledging to step up to the plate for a more active leadership role.

We look forward to CEBU in February. We hope by then, CHANG HJ’s shoulder surgery this week would be completely healed.

We also hope that RORY’s spouse RITA’s health issues are resolved satisfactorily.


Our game this week is at RIVERWAY starting at 8:45 am. The BIRDIEHUNTERS are passionate about their golf and do not take a “winter vacation” from the game. That is not to say they don’t go away. BRAD is on his way to Australia as of this writing and he is also doing some advance scouting of CEBU before his return. CHANG L is on his way to Japan. SIMON and JOHN are going to check up on SUNNY who is already at his Palm Spring retreat. GERRY is also now enjoying himself at Mission Lakes. ALAN’s retreat is Las Vegas.

SEE YOU ALL THIS THURSDAY – all you poor souls who have to endure BC weather!

HAN promises a “SUNNY” day! Believe him!