Tag Archives: birdiehunters

MERRY CHRISTMAS & A FABULOUS GOLFING NEW YEAR 2015

As the year draws to a close, 20130509_083103_1we reflect upon the great year of golf we have had.

 

There are many outstanding achievements during the year. Probably the most impressive one is the incredible year HAN has had.020101_000000_import_002

From a barefoot stance a few years ago with a 14 index, he has risen to the top with a 9! He used to be even with Joe. Now he must spot Joe 3 strokes. How’s that for a great leap! No one could come close to his UPS lead for the year!

20120214_185139_We woke up a “sleeping giant”!

Could this merely be a coincidence? Take a look at this:

edited---IMG_0706

The guy who is always clamouring for “more strokes” in a Nassau and skins game is often “quietly” (that is an exaggeration) counting his winnings in most matches. He does not want to call attention to his scoring ability and often clings to his “I’m just lucky” expression, which of course, we all know as BS. Oh, we should reverse that and call him Mr. SB#1! In case you are wondering who that is, let me provide you a little reminder:

020101_000000_import_005Maybe it has something to do with the “hugs and kisses” he receives before going out to a game of golf:

100815_183158_importThere is another event that is worth mentioning in order to motivate the “guys singing the blues” to take lessons from Sean Foley (now that Tiger has fired him) or Hank Haney. The BLUES have now lost more than 3 times in a row in our RYDER CUP MATCH PLAY. Their new 2015 CAPTAIN DANNY, has his work cut out for him. He may have to do something about one of his players who plays like he sings (the blues):harry

harry-1Could 2015 be the year that he would soon “come out of the closet” – (now stop thinking like that!) – and live up to his King Kong potential?

Calvin and Hobbes Laughing(This is no laughing matter at all!)

Another significant event in the year is one that pertains to the loss of one of our members to Cebu Country Club…or is it the Pueblo…Riviera? The latest news is that he is now clamouring for dual citizenship – Philippines:

IMG_0077

In a recent PAL INTERCLUB captain’s meeting, we are told that he had provided touring services to ED and others visiting Cagayan de Oro!

Is it true that he now owns a few condos in the Island? Condos as in buildings; not Durex! Although I am certain he must have a supply of those, too!

One thing we will surely miss in the new year is our participation in the interclub. The event has always been a lot of fun…a lot of food … entertainment…. and the IMG_0105IMG_0100spoils. Below is how HEE JEAW explains it.

There are a few issues about this. There was delay in announcing the event. What usually take place on the 1st Thursday of October was held more than a month later – November 13 – which is so close to the event itself. What this meant was that there was little time to plan. On a long (13 hour flight), it takes months to make sure of reserving flights at preferred rates.
EL KAPITAN did not receive the international (preferred) flight package for the event until the middle of December – which is way too late. Now a new directive to all Team Captains is that the venue has been changed from Cagayan to Cebu! Imagine the hotel and transport bookings that now have to be cancelled! Imagine scrambling for hotel reservations in Cebu this late in the game! So much for the GOLF EXCURSION!

IMG_0608But that does not mean that we have abandoned the idea of an exotic golf excursion somewhere. We are now working on our 2016 golf excursion. Announcements about this event will be made early in the year – before the summer 2015 golf start. PREPARE TO JOIN US!

I am sure you have other recollections for the year….SHARE THEM WITH US! You can easily do that by adding your comments below.

Finally, let me share with your our family Christmas Card below!

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

MILES IS 2014 MASTERS CHAMP

BREAKING NEWS:

MASTERS-LEADER

No one came close to upsetting a torrid score by MILES at Kings Links last week. Minus 8 bolstered from a gross score of 74 was just a mountain to climb for the Birdiehunters.

VINCENT joins EAGLES clubs041511_1807_NoJIMMYSWAG4.jpg

Long overdue is the recognition of “Mr. Lucky’s” 2nd shot at the 9th hole at Kings Links several weeks ago. He is now a member of the elite group.

CHANGHJ-1

CHANG HJ did not qualify for the MASTERS tournament, but he won the day’s big prize. VINCENT came 2nd and CHRIS took 3rd.

 

 

FANTASTIC FINISH TO 2014 RYDER CUP MATCH PLAY

GOLDs DOMINATE

20140807_133402

For the 3rd year in a row, the GOLDs got to raise their thumbs up at the conclusion of the singles at Point Roberts last Thursday. Much could be attributed to the strategy that Team Captain MARIO devised for the three matches.

CHRIS has been stellar in all three matches as he posted a 3-0.  The GOLDs’ team captain also contributed to the routing of the BLUEs with a 2-0-1 record.

The BLUEs did not surrender easily, though. Although down 3 points to start the Championship match, DANNY, HARRY, SUNNY,  JOE, BILL, JOHN, and Team Captain VINCENT gave it their very best. KING KONG played like a devil possessed, playing -9 under with his index. His long undulating downhill birdie putt from about 27 feet on the tough 7th hole was enough to deflate his adversary’s confidence (EL KAPITAN) who himself had barely missed a birdie putt. EL K’s birdie on the 14th hole was too little too late as he surrendered a point to the BLUEs.

DANNY scorched DAVID in the 1st match and the most surprising is BIG JOHN handing SIMON a loss!

BIG PARTY TO CELEBRATE

20140807_133102

In the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie, the GOLDs were treated to a nice lunch at the clubhouse after the game.

In the end, in spite of the outcome, the friendship within the group prevailed. We were happy that all stayed for the drinks, the laugher, the kibitzing after the game including BILL and SUNNY who often sneak away after games due to their obligations.

LU, LU, LU

That is how LU was often greeted at our games two years ago. An old BIRDIEHUNTER, LU is in BC for a three week visit from Beijing. He made sure that his first stop is …. a game with us! WELCOME, LU, LU, LU!

He tells us how much he missed Canada, and US, that it is a lot more pleasant here….although there is “more money” in Beijing! 🙂

2015 RYDER CUP

Everyone is pleased with the consensus reached – that DAVID and DANNY will be the next TEAM CAPTAINs.

2014-TEAM-CAPTAINS

Could the BLUEs break the trend? Can DANNY call on his team to reverse the course of Match Play History within the Birdiehunters?

NEXT THURSDAY – RIVERWAY – AUGUST 14 @ 8:30 AM

 

 

 

WILD OPENING DAY FOR 2014 RYDER CUP MATCH

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

 

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.

TOURNAMENT VENUES CHANGE

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:

TWO-BALL, BEST-BALL – MAYFAIR LAKES – 7:40 – July 24

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL – POINT ROBERTS – 8:00 – July 31

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.

POST-GAME LUNCHEON

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!

RYDERCUP2014-2RYDERCUP2014-3

RYDERCUP2014-6RYDERCUP2014-7RYDERCUP2014-9

GREAT GOLFING WEATHER

With the fairways getting firmer, long hitters are starting to flex their muscles. It is a little perplexing, however, that “birdies” were few at Point Roberts. HOWARD and JOE got two each.

EAGLES CLUB

Now there are two members of this elite club. MARIO joins DANNY in this department as he dunked his 3rd shot at the par 5 3rd hole for an eagle. Did he skull a hybrid? Just Kidding. Actually, he has been a “devil chipper” as many of his short approaches on the course have been on the mark!

TOUR #10 – Point Roberts WINNERS

TOUR-#10---Point-Roberts-WINNERS

From left to right: SIMON – 2nd place; JOE – 1st place; HOWARD – 3rd place

JOE has ascended in the gross score leaderboard as he continues to score well. He delights in those firm master-like greens as he apparently has been sinking them from all over the place. SIMON minimized his unforced errors at Point Roberts to claim 2nd place.

It is great to see HOWARD finally make it in the winners’ circle. He may not be as long as the other two but he is probably one of the best in scrambling and putting!

NORTHVIEW RIDGE IN TOP SHAPE

“FREE THURSDAY” AT THE RIDGE

During the last Thursday of each month, we have an “open” schedule. DANNY, a marshall at NorthView, managed to get us our tee times on that busy day. Aside from two foursomes ahead of us, we were the only golfers at the Ridge that day due to a very large tournament by Vancouver Firemen scheduled at 1:00 pm.

BAMBOOZLED by 1st time participants

SCOTT, MELVIN (MARIO’s son) and JASON joined the Birdiehunters at the ridge. The trio are regular members of VAN CITY GOLF (with established RCGA/CPGA handicap indices).  (If you recall, I was named “Honorary Team Captain” of the club at the last PAL INTERCLUB TOURNAMENT, and along with CHANG HJ, represented the team.)

SCOTT has a terrific game. When I played with him at Redwoods, I remember him putting for birdies on many holes. I wasn’t a bit surprised when someone reported that he played a 5 wood to 10 feet of the pin on the signature par 4 8th hole of the Ridge.  His 74 was the lowest gross of the day.

There is no truth to the rumour that as a course marshall. DANNY had a lot to do with the pin placement at the Ridge. He did arrange, however, for all the KP markers for our club. With his updated handicap index and a sizzling 79, he grabbed the top prize of the day from SCOTT.

First time lucky? It would seem that way. JASON took 3rd place at the Ridge.

BIRDIEHUNTERS’ RULE

Revisiting our rule concerning “new” participants to our tournaments is necessary to avoid questions.

When “prospective” new members are invited or accepted to join us, we exercise two options:

1) Allow them to play but not participate in the tournament until they have recorded 5 games, OR

2) Allow them to participate in the tournament, PROVIDED they have a verifiable, certified valid RCGA/CPGA/PGA handicap indices.

There is a stipulated qualification however. During the 1st 5 games, their applicable handicap index shall be THE LOWER of their index and that recorded on our system. For example, in the case of DAVID and DANNY, we accepted their declared index and applied this rule to their subsequent 5 games.

CLARIFICATION OF RULES

michelle wie

At the US OPEN last week, here is what was reported on the Live Update for the LPGA:

“05:04 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie takes advantage of the relief she took from the sprinkler head being in her line of play on the 14th hole and hits a nice chip to two feet. She taps in for par. Three-stroke lead, four holes to play, and her closest pursuer, Stacy Lewis, has run out of holes.”

Actually, she did not chip the ball; she putted from off the green.

She took the relief from Rule 24-2 Immoveable Obstruction, local rule.  Actually, contentious issues also involve Rule 25-1 – Abnormal Ground Condition. You can google these rules for further clarification.  Under Rule 24-2, if a player stance may be impeded by a sprinkler,  or an immoveable obstruction; or if the ball lies within the obstruction, he may drop the ball away from the obstruction without penalty. If the obstruction (sprinkler head) is “in the line” of his target, Rule 24-2 does not permit a “free drop” UNLESS a “local rule” opts to allow the relief.

If Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina (site of the PGA and LPGA US Open) adopts the option under Rule 24-2, The BirdieHunters of BC, as a club follows suit.

Thus, under Summer Rules, if any immoveable obstruction impedes your stance, your swing, or the lie of your ball, you may seek relief under option (D) of Rule 24-2!

In case you wish to be technical, be guided by these definitions:

“An immovable obstruction is an artificial object on the course that cannot be moved (e.g. a building) or cannot readily be moved (e.g. a firmly embedded direction post). Objects defining out of bounds are not treated as obstructions.

An abnormal ground condition is casual water, ground under repair or a hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird.”

A hole in the ground that was left by greenskeepers or workers (in particular around the green) is also considered as “an abnormal ground condition” whether marked as GUI or not! Free relief is available under Rule 24-2 and 25-1!

2014 TOUR WINNERS UPDATE

 TOUR #5 – Mayfair Lakes WINNERS

No one has been saying anything loud about who could be a prime candidate for the title of SB#1 but two names are being shoved about these days: DANNY and HAN. Why? On a “not too ideal condition” at Mayfair Lakes (a little bit of drizzle on a dark cloudy day), someone was tearing the ball out there. He might soon be clamouring for the establishment of another club – “EAGLEHUNTER”.  DANNY has taken a stranglehold of the TOUR with a sizzling performance that included an eagle and a three birdies on May 29 for a NET 64.3!

Not too far behind is another candidate for SB honours: HAN. He, too, recorded a fabulous 66.7 to come in 2nd. He might be the top $ winner so far this year with his sharpshooting abilities! He is picking up KPs on every single TOUR in 2014.

CHANG HJ put in an honest effort to come in 3rd on the day. Appearing below are HAN, DANNY, and CHANG HJ (left to right).

WINNERS---MAYFAIR-LAKES

TOUR #4 – Peace Portal WINNERS

No, there is no truth to the rumour that CHRIS wakes up at 6:30; walks to Peace Portal and plays a few holes; and return just to get breakfast ready for everyone. What is true is that he lives just around the corner from the golf course. He must be quite familiar with the golf course though, since he recorded his 1st win ever with the Birdiehunters (May 22). He is shown below flanked by HAN who came in 2nd (by a margin of 0.7), and SIMON, 3rd place.

WINNERS---PEACE-PORTAL

 

SIMON blazed the first 5 holes at even par, chipping and dropping putts from all over the place. A few miscues (double par on one hole) surrendered top prize to the winner.

THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE WEATHER

weather-13Where 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?

041511_1807_NoJIMMYSWAG3.jpg041511_1807_NoJIMMYSWAG4.jpg(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.)

DAVID

052011_1806_RYDERCUPMAT2.jpg

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!

Better confirm early!

 

GREAT EXCITEMENT OVER MASTERS – A HOAX

 

072709_2201_HANSIZZLESo1.jpgNo one would ever question HORANGI’s  swing skills or ability to shoot a low round. However, with so many deciding to skip last Thursday golf, we decided to concoct a story to bring great excitement to the Birdiehunters.

I was going to keep this excitement for at least 24 hours before rendering “Arthur Andersen’s” verdict about the veracity of the facts presented, especially the “forged” Point Robert’s score card. Unfortunately, HAN spoiled the fun by sending out two emails retracting his “make-believe dreamland” achievement!

So, gents……next time, do not abandon your friends on a scheduled Thursday game. You’ll never know what “excitement” would come out of such situation.

hoax

HAN did not shoot 73. SIMON, do not enter the numbers on the scorecard on our system!

JOHN, your 2013 MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP Trophy would be presented to you by last year’s SB#1 MASTERS CHAMP – MR. LUCKY!

Have a wonderful rest of the day. It was fun while it lasted!

See you at PEACE PORTAL on Thursday!