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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:

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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?

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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:

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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!

 

 

 

 

2014 BIRDIEHUNTERS CHAMPIONS

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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.

HORANGI, 2014 UPS CHAMPION

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.

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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.

MELTDOWN

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.

FINAL 2014 UPS STANDINGS

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MILES IS 2014 MASTERS CHAMP

BREAKING NEWS:

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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.

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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.

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

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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).

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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.

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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.

“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.

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TRAGIC MISHAP ON
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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.

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While Annie could not contain herself:

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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.

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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!