3 April 2010...My beloved wife's birthday...My squad-mate, Major (R) Dato' Salehuddin PGB, wedding reception at Selayang Baru...My participation in DGCC's Monthly Medal (MM) after a long break...the last one being on 26 June 2009.
Why I'm not active in the club's MM? Simply because the club's management have it almost 99% on FRIDAYs...don't really know the rationale behind this choice. Why not Saturday? Afterall, it is a weekend too. And secondly, to cut costs I suppose, there are only 2 divisions - "A" and "B" medals; A medal hc 15 and below, hc 16 upwards B medal. The prizes are in the form of vouchers redeemable at Pan West Pro Shop only (see the comparison below).
Compare with the MM at Royal Kedah Club (RKC)...
~Payment - RM26 (buggy) RM12.60 (walking)
~Divisions- A & B A, B & C
~Prizes - RM100 & RM80 RM150, RM100, RM70 & Lucky Draw
~Meals - Breakfast Breakfast & Lunch
~Golf Levy- RM5 RM2
I came to know about this miserly value of the vouchers the next day. Frankly, I really don't understand why the club is so 'members unfriendly'. You see, the members are charged 'golf levy' of RM5 every month. Previously, this so-called levy was itemised as 'monthly medal RM3' and 'interclub RM2'. I wrote to the manager then that the club must display a statement of 'Income & Expenditure' account of these sub-accounts because these were members' contributions. The amount collected should not be considered as 'revenue' for the club. For one or two months, the statements were displayed. Then, the club grouped these collections as 'Golf Levy' and thus not subjected to be scrutinised by the members. Well...I expressed my displeasure but to no avail. So...As long I can pull my trolley with my members every morning for 4 days a week, I'm happy....que sera...sera.
My flight was made up of K. Seelan (hc 10), Shamshir (hc 16) and Chang Min Tat (hc 14). Chang was richer by RM80 when he played 2 under. The Champion for B medal played net score 68 and the runners-up 71. Me? Poorer by RM26 for buggy fees (previously RM21). Well...You should know my game by now...gross 101, net score 80...he...he...he.
Now back to the golf itself...
Well...as what 'Bujang Lapok' said in "Pendekar Bujang Lapok"...CUBAAN!!
Mind you, when I played at Teluk Rubiah last month during RKC's outing to Lumut, my buggy partner - a naval officer from the RMN Naval Base - told me that it is not advisable to play alone in the late afternoon, especially the 2nd 9. It seems there were golfers who saw a girl picking up balls at hole #15, par 3. This hole is so isolated and at the edge of the jungle. And also...unable to the find the ball right in the centre of the fairway is normal.
Well...How true it is...Wallahu'alam! Only in Almighty Allah I seek protection.
Golfers, please feel free to share your mystical experiences while golfing.