Categorized | 2014, July 2014

Jakarta Inter League Round 4

By: Anthony King

Tee Set’s “Sombrero Sam” took some pride despite a narrow defeat in matchplay taking longest drive with a Drive just short of 300m

Tee Set’s “Sombrero Sam” took some pride despite a narrow defeat in matchplay taking longest drive with a Drive just short of 300m

This was the first time that the matches were starting in the heat of the day following a morning competition at Jagorawi. The good news was that the InterLeague [JIL] had a shotgun from all tee boxes to ensure completion of a speedy round. The bad news was that the competition golfers [and their caddies] had left the course looking like a war zone with tank track divots / bunkers like homing grounds for foxes / greens as if under WWII bombing raids. This is a real sad state of affairs and an extremely poor reflection on the etiquette and general appreciation by golfers that a course is for the enjoyment of all golfers. Whilst not a problem isolated to Indonesia it certainly appears to be worse here than in most other countries globally.

Having witnessed a front-to-end win by a European in the US Open the golfers of Jakarta were wondering if a similar fate was taking place before their own eyes as the Cloggies have been solid in their efforts to reclaim the crown as the best match play team. This month Cloggies were pitted against the oldest of the JIL teams; namely Tee Set. Of course Tee Set have two of the hottest players in the JIL and knowing that their ‘Past Master of Nearly Everything’ and League Committee member and Captain for the Month wanted to show strength an expected array of fine players assembled for this match. On the other hand, Cloggies were without their Captain and their long term singles champion so a reworked team and pairings had to take place. The singles were intriguing as ‘Sombrero’ Sam and Simon ‘The Hack’ were up against a couple of ‘lowish’ handicap players in ‘Robot’ Rio ad ‘Cigar’ Nic. As things progressed it became evident that the handicapping was spot on and each match went to the wire with Cloggies victorious in both. In two other matches the 18th was the final deciding hole with Tee Set halving one and losing the other. However, on the bright side for Tee Set we saw Geoff defy his age and shot a magnificent net 65 [which was well below his age!!] and with his partner Neil annihilate the Cloggie opposition. Still these glimmers of what might have been only slightly dampened the glee shown by the Cloggie sin their 7:3 success.

Second placed Sandbaggers took on Mad Dogs [our Team of the Month]with both teams showing multiple changes from the previous month. The Singles saw one of the highlights [well depending on which side of the fence you sit!!] as there was a mini ‘World Football Cup’ match with an Italian playing a Netherlander – who also happened to be a female golfer. The result of this was a dent to the male ego and the cause of considerable ribbing afterwards, however, the Italian did put his dentures back only after the match!! Our resident club tester [the Sandbaggers Captain who adores trying new equipment in order to get below handicap 5] returned to his winning ways with a reasonably comfortable victory. Mad Dogs dropped points in only one of the pairings but despite them gambling with a family partnership – historically this hs been proven not to be a good move, Mad Dogs collected maximum points from the other two matches. This created a rather humbling result in Sandbaggers going down 6:4 and losing a little ground on the leaders.

Thika representing Tin Cups played out a thrilling match-play ‘solo’ against a team of gentlemen from Pocksia

Thika representing Tin Cups played out a thrilling match-play ‘solo’ against a team of gentlemen from Pocksia

Having moved into the final half of the season it was time to see if any of the Mid-Table teams could make inroads on the leaders. Tin Cups were playing Pocksia but were without many of their star players and also their Captain. Even worse one player cried off just one hour before the shot gun. TinCup’s deputy Captain played two wild cards; firstly he put out one of Indonesia’s rising lady players against two men [later to be called gentlemen] and himself as a singles player [bearing in mind that his reputation is a notorious banker for the opposition]. The solid singles play of Joseph was somewhat of a calming influence, although he was heard to say of his Captain that a few grey cells had gone ‘walk about’ with his shot decision making, still both singles came home vistorious. In the pairs only oneof Tin Cups pulled off the win and the valiant Tika played her socks off but finally the combined play of her opponents was just too much and she lost 2&1. Interestingly in speaking with her later she said how pleased she was with her game and that being a single against a pair made her dig deep and concentrate on every shot and every aspect of her game; further it toughened the mental side of her game. Tin Cups came through 6:4

The final matches saw the bottom team[Sentul] against a resurgent team [JLI] who had held that position in the previous season. Once again several players from both teams were away , including both Captains and so it was interesting to see how the tactics would come into play from the Deputy Captains. Things seem to have been well planned as, except for the one drubbing handed out by Howard [7:5], all of the other matches were relatively close even if the final results indicate that the winners to be 3:something up at the end. It was interesting to see that the late start meant recovery from late Saturday night in the Sentul bars had allowed the ‘SourMash’ father/son duo to put in a rare appearance and even to pull off a famous win. In the end other matches were shared and the resurgence of JLI continued with a 6:4 success.

This month’s featured inter-society team of the Month: Mad Dogs aptly named after a well known restaurant / bar in a Cilandak Industrial estate

This month’s featured inter-society team of the Month: Mad Dogs aptly named after a well known restaurant / bar in a Cilandak Industrial estate

Continuing with our brief history of the teams we move onto a team that this season underwent a name change; namely Mad Dogs.

This team originally was called ISCI and was formed in the early 1980’s as a sports section of the Old ISCI (International Sporting Club of Indonesia), which itself was founded 60 years ago with great facilities for squash, tennis, swimming, rugby, sailing etc. However, there was no golf club affiliation; so the golf fanatics broke away and membership of ISCI ceased to be a priority compared to playing golf around Jakarta [of course back in those days there were considerably fewer courses available]. ISCI was one of the founding groups of the JIL and its membership rose to around 120 with over 80 playing weekend fixtures, numerous annual golfing tournaments and different formats were contested. The playing membership gradually decreased as players retired / moved away / etc and so the remaining stalwarts, being a typical group of guys and ladies who just love Golf, found a new liaison with Mad Dogs.

Mad Dogs is the well known restaurant/bar in Cilandak Industrial stateand its golfing section are growing into one of the thriving social golf groups in Jakarta. As a group, they play weekly social events and anyone wishing to join should contact Geoff at Handicaps are strictly maintained so as to ensure fair competition when meeting other teams on the circuit.

About Anthony King

Anthony is the archetypal expat who started his globe trotting back in the late 70's. Having visited and played golf in all bar one continent he is still trying to find the course that suits a left handed golfer. His company is based in Singapore but he remains a member of JGCC and several of the local golfing societies.

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