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2014 MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP UPSET?

BLUES WERE FAVORITE TO WIN 2014 RYDER CUP MATCH PLAY but……

In spite of timely “birdie binges” by HARRY and MILES to wrestle 1 point for the BLUES with the first match of the day, the GOLDS take the lead at the conclusion of the 2-ball, best ball at MAYFAIR LAKES adding another point to their 1st game lead. GOLDs are now up 3 points with the Championship Singles matches scheduled for Thursday (August 7) at Point Roberts starting at 8 am.

KING KONG rolls in a 25 footer on the #1 handicap hole par 4 3rd for a net 1 birdie on the hole. It wipes out HAN’s birdie on #2. With GOLDs down by 2 going into the 8th hole, EL KAPITAN brings the GOLDs even with superb play starting with a net 3 on the 7th hole. On the 10th and 11th hole,  ERNIE/HAN duet pulled away 2 up only to lose them on the remaining holes as KING KONG nearly holed a chip shot on the difficult par 3 15th. MILES’ birdie on the 16th  sealed a 1 point lead for the BLUES.

However, that was it for the BLUES! CHRIS and DAVID were fabulous together as they steamrolled BILL and DANNY. DANNY’s gross 78 was all for naught against CHRIS’ brilliant game as he shot 41 in the front 9. They coasted the rest of the way. Match is even!

GOLD’s captain MARIO and SIMON took on BLUE’s CAPTAIN VINCENT and LITTLE JOE. Two birdies propelled BIRDIEHUNTER’s “Ben Arda” MARIO to a 2nd place finish for the net tournament of the day (behind CHRIS).

GOLDs take 1 more point into the tournament finals next week.

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WOULD A 3-POINT LEAD BY THE GOLDs GET THE BLUEs SINGING AGAIN?

Well, they have a great Karaoke star in their team – KING KONG. I hear that HE and VINCENT are preparing to do a duet cover of BOBBY VINTON’s “Lonely, I’m Mr. Lonely“! MILES apparently would be playing the guitar to accompany his teammates!

SCOTT missed today game but his return next week might be good new for the BLUES. Long-hitter Jin had expressed interest in joining us soon, too. He could be drafted for the singles’ championship. HOWARD, SUNNY, SHUBASH, RORY, GERRY, CHANG L, (who knows who else!) might make the final matches up quite interesting. It all depends on the two captain’s strategies.

A big turnout should certainly help the BLUEs as they need to win at least FIVE matches to have a chance. The GOLDs only need to win 3 matches to close out the 2014 RYDER CUP MATCH PLAY in their favour.

LUNCHEON CELEBRATION

Traditionally, under the spirit of sportsmanship, the winners get a “lunch treat” from their worthy adversaries. To make sure everyone has a good time, Point Roberts is arranging for “roasted chicken” & other goodies for lunch after the game! (Sunny would love that!)

CHAMPIONSHIP COLORS

Let us have a celebration of colours. COME play in your team’s colour! Those without team assignment, BRING two t-shirts: Gold and Blue.  Hehehe!

 

 

 

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RYDER CUP – Could the BLUES stop singing the Blues?

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With KING KONG having the microphone (hugging the mic is more like it), he led the BLUES last year in singing – the blues, that is!

RYDER CUP MATCH PLAY begins

Could the BLUES escape the curse and get their revenge this year?

The GOLDs, on paper, would appear to be the underdogs this year. Why? Look at the BLUES’ members! JOHN is a MASTERS Champ. ED is a UPS Champ. VINCENT and HARRY are both past MASTERS Champs! MILES is also a past champ. JOE is a multiple winner this year and is now 2nd only to DAVID in gross scoring.

It would seem that the LAS VEGAS odds might look like this: BLUES – 350; GOLDS +350 – meaning that a $100 bet on the BLUES would only net $65; a $100 bet on the GOLDS would win $135!

TEAM CAPTAINS MARIO and VINCENT  could be in for a daunting task to set up their matches.

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

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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!

TERRIFIC SCORING AT KINGS LINKS

TOUR #8 – Kings Links WINNERS

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1st place – MARIO (center); 2nd place – KING KONG (left); 3rd place – HAN (right)

If you can putt; if you can stay away from the rough; then you can score at Kings Links! Now then, if you add luck to that, then you are unbeatable. That seemed to be the case with our Tour #8 winners. I think we could add a nickname to the top prize winner – “Sneaky long”. Now, now, we are referring to his tee shots, silly! MARIO must have been studying Ben Arda’s tapes. In case you are not aware, Ben Arda was the Philippines best golfer during his time. At only 5’7″ tall,  Ben was the first Filipino to qualify for the Masters and the US Open. Diminutive as he was in stature, he could smash his drives with unimaginable distance earning the nickname “Bantam Ben” and “Toy Tiger”!

Meanwhile KING KONG HARRY erased his 9 on the opening hole par 5 (2nd) by putting together a series of pars.  He settled down after a few holes and kept his “unforced errors” to a minimum to  come in with a terrific score for 2nd place.

Meanwhile, it seems that HAN has contracted BRINKS Security to handle his bank loot from all the tournaments. He has been the winningest member so far. So don’t be alarmed when he shows up at Point Roberts with armed guards.

2014 Multiple Winners

TOUR #7 – Riverway WINNERS
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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!

PROBLEMS with SUMMER RULES in EFFECT

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.

IT PAYS TO KNOW THE RULES

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?

TREAT FOR THE DAY

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?’

 

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.

2013 BBC MASTERS LEADERBOARD

JOHN SIZZLES

No one would ever compare JOHN to VIJAY SINGH. VJ spends hours on the driving range nearly every day before a tournament. He is also observed to spend a lot of time on the practice greens. JOHN on the other hand arrives on the golf course seconds before tee-off. He does not care much about practicing on the putting green or sharpening his patented lob open wedge full swing.052011_1806_RYDERCUPMAT2.jpg

But there are similarities. VJ is tall. He could drive the ball long off the tee. VJ loves food. Unfortunately, beyond these, I can’t think of any other similarity. Oh, of course, there is another one: VJ has contended on many tournaments, and actually has had his share of wins.

But here he is on the 1st game of our 2013 BBC Masters blowing the entire field with a NET 61.1 – a tournament record for sure. Many would now be speculating how this could be possible. The SB#1 crown debate once again surfaces. Would JOHN be a runaway candidate for the infamous award? It remains to be seen.

Contending for the same award would be SIMON whose NET 67.7 nipped MILES by a whisker.

However, this is a TWO-DAY-TOTAL tournament and The Birdiehunters are never short of excitement.  I have heard someone say, “Anything can happen”!102210_1649_2010UPSCHAM5.jpg

But for now, JOHN has a tight grip on the 2013 BBC MASTERS trophy. MR. LUCKY, 2012 MASTERS champ could possibly be handing JOHN two titles. (Any clue what the other one is?)

2013 BBC MASTERS LEADERBOARD

The leader board
The leader board

Omitted from the above list is HARRY, who would be returning next week from his crocheting and knitting classes.

The list above indicates the possibilities. SIMON, MILES, and RORY are still within striking distance of the lead. ERNIE, VINCENT, ED, are “long shot” contenders. The numbers to the right of the list indicate the “shot difference” from the leader. If JOHN were to shoot NET PAR on the 2nd game, SIMON and MILES would need to shoot 7 below par to overtake the lead. However, if JOHN records a NET +6 above par, SIMON or MILES need only to play NET PAR to have a chance to win.

The others who have yet to get their 1st game done (at Kings Links, next week) now have a “target”.

What are the chances of wrestling the title from JOHN? It remains to be seen.

 

 

2013 RYDER CUP FIREWORKS at Point Roberts

BBC RYDER CUP HISTORY

It was four years ago when the Birdiehunters established a local team Ryder Cup Match Play.  The group was divided into two competing teams – ROOSTERS and TURKEYS. You can view the results of the 1st tournament here: https://birdiehunters.wordpress.com/2009/05/15/roosters-bar-b-qued-the-turkeys/

MATCH PLAY 2009

Celebration of the final matches was held at #9 Restaurant in Richmond.MATCH PLAY 2009-1

SUBSEQUENT MATCHES

Later on, team names became BLUEs and GOLDs.

In 2011, the BLUEs were winners by a margin of points (147-144) against the GOLDs. Leading scorers were EL CAPITAN for the BLUEs and HAN for the GOLDs.

MATCH PLAY 2011

They celebrated and toasted the winners at the Riverway Restaurant.

MATCH PLAY 2011-1FINAL SINGLES MATCHES FOR 2013

The Championship Match at Point Roberts is looming to be the most exciting as the two captains, BRAD – BLUEs and HAN – GOLDs had been jostling with the final pairings.

Never in its early history has the BBC RYDERs CUP been electrifying since a new match rule is introduced patterned after the PGA rules – winning matches are rewarded ONE POINT (1) toward the championship; with individual points counting only to break a TIE. It makes for an exciting finish as the two teams have 5 points apiece leading to the final singles matches. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBILITIES?

 Here are the scheduled matches.

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The BLUEs Captain has played one of the most cunning strategies in gamesmanship – subtly “conceding defeat” against his counterpart. (Did you read his emails?)

The detailed analysis above certainly favors the BLUEs to win the 2013 Ryder Cup Match Play. HAN would have to do some pep talk tomorrow to inspire his team to overcome the odds.

WHATEVER the outcome, this would surely be a most exciting finish in our match play tournaments.

MAKE SURE YOU STAY FOR THE CELEBRATIONS