As predicted, there were more impressive scores at Gading Raya, a consequence of players improving play and coming off the challenging Bogor courses to a flatter track. Great turn out of 52 players, reasonable pace of play (thanks) and the course management limited the extent to which outside groups were sandwiched between our flights. Overall a great day out, as usual, Michael donning three shades of green above!!
Welcome to many of the DOGS players, who were having a week break from their Saturday eclectic cycles, especially to Malcolm after a monster 318 week break, to resident of the west, Peter, a.k.a “the cursing hyphen”, after almost a year, and to Carol after 24 weeks away. Well known battlers Joe, Rod and KD also came back to us after 20 weeks, always good to see you chaps.
Welcome to Jane for her first Tee Set round, normally up for a photo, but not today. Jane is new to golf over the last year and fast improving, and to Vijay, Giles and Dan (sorry about the order), we hope you enjoyed your first round and we did not scare you away. See you next week.
Hot scores and an eagle to MJ – a few missing in action at presentation and some confusion over scores which we will sort out with all involved, apologies. Moving right along, a trio of 69s in A grade were hard to separate. Rav certainly led on the suaveness, going the merah putih this week, and won Low Putts, so picked up cash, but Andy won on count back. He left before photos to get home for his lemonade and AFL game. A great round of 64 from Al led the B graders in and a return to form in C grade for reigning Club Champ Cucu with a 62 (photo next week), closely followed by Patrick with his round of the year 63 and KD with a superb 65 – our stuff up on calculations, so the photo here was for being a top bloke. Will all be settled over the bar. Three very fine rounds of 75 off the stick by Andrew, Richard and Gary, with Andrew and Gary splitting the cash, and Richard smiling, as he does, but not there for photos.
In the skills prizes, of course MJ with the eagle – yes I covered this upfront, but it deserves another mention, well done mate. Adrian never fails to impress in the photos, taking first sandy and stealing a cuddle from Ric. Rav took Low Putts, yes covered above!!!! Roger had a quick start with a birdie on the first, along with Matt (not recorded here but he did) and Dave, who often starts quick.
Alas, no skirts, which means, no photo of silly guys dressing up…ah well, next week….
Other Goings On
The first round of the Ric Wymer Matchplay has almost finished with a few games straggling – please schedule these so we can move on. They do not have to be played on Tee Set rounds.
We have had a great initial response to our calls for teams for the World Cup of Tee Set with 11 teams already registered, including the reigning champs, Men at Work from Australia, led by Event Supremo Craig, the sole survivor from last year’s winning rabble. The challengers include: The Kilted Warriors, the Kingsmen, the Saxons, Old Glory, the Mighty Srikandi, the ANZACS, Nothing INXS, DIE SCHAEFERHUNDE (yep all CAPS!!!!), the Maple Leaves and the imaginatively named South Africa.
With 6-8 more teams expected, this is shaping up as Game of Thrones meets Monty Python meets Lonely Planet. Get those teams in and don’t worry if you are not in team, there will be a call for orphans soon!
Next Up: Sunday 23rd May 2021, Riverside – Jakarta Interleague – 11.45am, 880k with carts, white tees for men
Captain Sam is back to lead the mighty Tee Setters into battle once again, to hopefully take a bite out of the lead that both DOGS and JAWS have established in the initial rounds. With secret weapon Mike returning to the UK to get the double jab and some very good form from the Tee Set playing body in total recently, Sam has a wide range of options, and will no doubt be consulting with his wily Vice Captain, Ric, before making his usual strategic and closely guarded selections.
Remember the Tee Set competition continues in parallel with Interleague, so regardless of these shenanigans and whether or not you are selected for any of the interleague teams, you should register to play by clicking the link here and also on the MyGolf2U app, which we are trialling this year, in order to see if it helps us synchronise handicaps across societies and simplify competition adminstration. Please make the effort to download the app and give it a go….we had 22 out of 52 use it on Sunday, so numbers are building; the more using it, the better the trial.