Undeterred by the heavy rains which were falling across Jakarta overnight and into the morning, 22 Tee Setters gathered, at a safe distance to each other, on Sunday morning at Gading Raya with their usual optimism. Although the rain continued right up until tee time, these keen players were to be rewarded with a cessation of the rain on the first tee box – rumored to be as a result of one of our number buying a new umbrella just before play started. We were to therefore enjoy a bright sunny game and with the course being quiet, we were also finished in very quick time, the first groups home in under 4 hours.
With the ground still drying out, we played lift, clean, place and despite the conditions making the course play longer than normal, many good scores were returned.
2 newcomers on the day and a warm welcome to Ian Pemberton and Philippe Jamin. Welcome backs to Aaron Davis after 97 weeks, Ken Runyon after 33 weeks and Karan Khetan after 11 weeks; all of whom featured in the prize-giving afterwards.
Thank you to VP Ric Wymer for managing the scoring and announcements with the able assistance of Mike Webb and to Divya Ahuja for assisting with the registrations in the morning. Pictures of the day can be found here.
In his own indomitable style, Timo Karonen secured a trifecta of awards balancing his now usual First Par for Handicaps >=30 with our sole skirt for the day and a share of Most Strokes with Aaron Davis. Aaron also joining Timo as a prize winner for his Most Improved return.
Divya Ahuja took First Sandy, Richard Mau Low Putts and Philippe Jamin First Birdie.
Low Gross on the day went to Jeff Landau and our Low Net winners were Ken Runyon, Karan Khetan and Alastair Livingston (on a count-back from Jari Antikainen).
Detailed results are here: Gading 202003222 Results
Tee Set Match-Play
Sunday saw the rematch of last week’s tied game with Divya Ahuja edging out Ric Wymer 3&2 to progress. For those who have completed their games, please do not forget to report your results to James Ross by email and for those yet to play the first round games, please note the deadline for this round is 12th April. Check out the Match Play page for more information as needed.
Christopher Till R.I.P.: 9 May 1957 – 17 March 2020
As reported, we were sad to learn of the passing of Chris Till last week. Chris was a proud Scouser who left home to make his fortune, firstly in southern England and then, from the early 1990’s, Indonesia where he remained through thick and thin until he passed away. A keen musician, his band supported Queen when they visited Liverpool in the early 1970’s and he carried his passion for music through-out his travels; here in Jakarta he often sometimes be found doing impromptu jam sessions in Blok M or where-ever he may be out for the evening.
A quick, dry sense of humour, a generous heart and that scouser’s gift of the gab carried him through his ups and downs, in business and in life, and he was always ready to share a story over a beverage or 3. A part of his local legacy will be as the Founder of the Cilindak Rotary Club which has since raised a considerable amount of funds for local worthy causes.
Pictured here from one of his last Tee Set outings with his favourite wooden headed putter, Chris played with us from 2012 until his health curtailed his ability to enjoy being out on the course. Our commiserations to Maya, his family and friends and a thank you to Tim Supple for his contributions to this obituary.
Next Up: Cengkareng Monthly Medal and Eclectic XII. Sunday 29th March 2020 12pm tee off
On Sunday we head back to one of Jakarta’s finest courses and certainly one of Tee Set’s most popular venues, Cengkareng, home for Tee Set’s Monthly Medal for 2020.
In addition to being the third Monthly Medal of 2020, this week will also be the 3rd round of Cycle XII of the Tee Set Eclectic.
Whilst there is a lot to attract players for this week, we also welcome those who just wish to enjoy a pleasant trip across the rolling fairways, guided round by Cengkareng’s well trained caddies and then to sit and enjoy one of the course’s deservedly famous Margaritas to cool you down afterwards.
If you are able to join us please sign up here. First tee time is midday as usual and the green fee will be Rp.875,000.
Reminder: For those who would prefer not to walk, in addition to the hover boards to glide across the rolling fairways, Cengkareng has available a limited number of golf carts. If you wish to reserve one please contact the Golf reservations staff at Cengkareng directly. As the carts are limited in number and we do not have visibility to those already booked on the day, your Tee Set Committee is not involved to the reservation of the carts
Message from the Committee: reminder
There has been much member communication recently regarding the COVID-19 virus and what impact that will have on Tee Set and golf arrangements generally. Whilst Tee Set has a proud history of never having missed a week-end’s golf in 37 years, the Committee takes the stance that it would rather lament the passing of this tradition than go down with ship…. We are therefore taking the situation week by week and will continue to arrange games providing the situation does not worsen dramatically and/or there is not a city wide shut down mandated by the government which therefore closes access to courses for all. Some points related to this:
- There is sufficient information available publicly for each member and guest to be adequately informed on the risks associated with the virus and steps which can be taken to protect oneself. We expect each member to therefore form their own judgement as to whether it is appropriate, and they feel comfortable enough, to join each week;
- We are talking to the management of the golf courses booked for the coming few weeks to ensure they have in place policies to check the status of their guests, staff and caddies as well to maintain an appropriate level of hygiene and cleanliness in both public and back of house areas. We may adjust our schedule if we are uncomfortable with the feedback we get so please rely on the blogs rather than the published schedule for the latest updates;
- Key personal guidelines include maintain a safe personal distance from others and being thorough in regularly washing hands etc.. We expect individuals will follow these steps for themselves and ask you are also conscious to respect the boundaries for others you come into contact with – notably on the course, on carts and in the Club House before and after games;
- We expect that any pronouncements on changes in government policy/rules will come at very short notice. It may be therefore affecting our schedule even if we have previously confirmed the game: please keep looking at the news to check since we may not be able to update the situation immediately to all members.
We will also continue to liaise with some of the other Societies here in Jakarta to be as coordinated as possible.
Ramadan Golf Week-ends May 2020
The quieter traffic on the Jagorawi Toll during this period makes it an excellent time to head a little bit further into the Bogor area for our golf events. Your committee has therefore decided to arrange 2 long week-end opportunities in early May and both options are now shown on the Tee Set website main menu.
Please do send your confirmations to Bill and Mark as soon as possible since the hotel rooms book up early.
Details of the Gunung Geulis week-end 1st-3rd May are posted here. Please contact Bill Lloyd email@example.com directly to confirm your interest and details of which package you wish to book.
Details of the Rancamaya week-end 8th-10th May are posted here. Please contact Mark Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org directly to confirm your interest and details of which package you wish to book.
Thank you to Bill and Mark for their efforts in putting these 2 packages together along with John & Sarah Brown for their negotiation and arrangements with Rancamaya.
As always, for those just wishing to join either or both events for Sunday only, we welcome you to come and join the fun. Bookings for Sunday only will be via the normal sign-up which will open in the week before each event.