Buaya and Ayam News

6th August 2000

The KLSE-FPLC Tournament 2000 was held at the East Course of the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on 6th August 2000. After a two-year absence, I made a comeback by virtue of SCANS (my employer) being one of the main sponsors.

I had declared my handicap as 21 since this is my current official handicap for KLGCC. I can hear the sniggers already, but for those who do not believe me, a copy of my latest handicap card is duly attached here. Somehow my handicap was circled and a question mark was placed next to it by "someone upstairs" when the draft of the tee-off schedule was presented. That's what Ang Ting Kang told me anyway. So being a good friend that Ang Ting Kang is, he cut my handicap to 18. With an 18 handicap, my plan was just to try and play to handicap. Since it was going to be the East Course, that should be manageable.

When the final tee-off schedule came out, I was supposed to tee-off at one of the par threes (since it was a shot-gun start). Not a good place to start when the body is still not quite warmed-up yet. Fortunately due to many absentees, I was pushed to a different flight on the morning itself. I was put together with two gentlemen from the Istana (Seri Menanti), and one gentleman from Arab Malaysian Finance. We started from the 18th hole.

The Istana guys wanted to make the game more interesting, and proposed that we bet. I was paired with one of the Istana guys, En Yasin, a 19 handicapper. The other Istana guy, Capt. Rashid, a 17 handicapper paired off with the AMF guy, Tuan Haji Sabirin, a 23 handicapper. Since the 18th hole was never my favourite hole with water before the green, I played as conservatively as possible. I got a bogey. I continued bogeying the next 4 holes, when I started thinking like ATK. Where the hell is the par? Lo, and behold, I parred the next two holes. By the end of the game, I ended up with 6 par and 40 stableford points which was a pleasant surprise. Since it was the East Course, 40 points is nothing to shout about. But I was confident that I would get one of the main prizes.

I went to the changing room to shower, and since everybody had finished their 18 holes roughly at the same time, there was a long queue. After showering, I went to the scoreboard to check the competition, and to my surprise there was only one other person with 40 points, and none above that. Since the 2nd prize is a 21 inch TV, I thought I am finally going to win a TV after countless other electrical equipments (which are hardly used). To my surprise, I won the Division A on countback, and with it a Sony Video camera. After 10 years of playing, I finally won first prize, and not only that, it was for Division A as well.