Hail the D.O.G.S.!!!!!
This week saw our first round of the new Eclectic series at Modern Golf & Country Club. After all the rain we had seen during the week we were certainly worried this might disrupt our day. We were right to be worried with many of the 55 registered players unable to get to the course for various reasons; flooding, traffic, accidents on the tolls, you name it and it hit us. Even as the rains were continuing in South Jakarta, Tangerang was blessed with bright weather and even some sunshine although the course was more like a peat bog in many cases. Lift, clean and place was definitely the order of the day with 38 players enjoying a smooth round. The starter got us off on time with no hold ups so that all were finished in good time to enjoy the cool breeze out on the terrace area.
Good to see Detlef Bluemke, first time in a long time but unfortunately the floods meant we didn’t see some other long lost D.O.G.S. players; keep it coming everyone, you are always all welcome.
Winners of the week were Gaurav Shirke taking Lowest Gross on count back, and Weekly Champion with 41 points; with Dave Prosser runner up on 38. Robson Drumond got the better of the greens winning the Putting Champion prize with 27 putts. Velma Yolanda enjoyed the good weather better than the golf I fear, or maybe she was worried about the potential for heavy traffic on the way home, either way she took the Booby Prize honours with 17 points. Colin Shanks did one better, or worse depending on how you look at it, with 132 off the stick; last week it was 131! He said he didn’t care as it was the camaraderie that was more important.
Nearest the Pins went to Andy Coop and Dougie McQuater with Sami Kekonen and Jeremy Oberoi sharing the Longest Drive honours. Steve Sutton was the only one to get the Drive & Pitch working.
As John and Sarah were trapped due to the flooding and unable to attend we had no prizes on hand. We will make sure everyone gets their prize next week.
Congratulations to this week's winners!
Full Lowest Gross and Eclectic standings can be viewed on our Leaderboard page.
The Jakarta Inter-league (JIL) has been around for 30 years. For the first time ever the D.O.G.S. have entered a team in the competition. In December of 2020 we began gauging interest and quickly found out that there were many Dogs up for some match play competition. The team was formed and we anxiously awaited results of the League's Captains to find out if we were in. Sure enough, in January we found out we would be competing in 2021. With all the excitement of the build up over, last Sunday, February 21st was time for the D.O.G.S. to make their Inter-league debut. Perhaps as an omen, clear skies were the order for most of the day.
Captain Gary Danskin had Selly Robbie and Hitoshi Maruyama doing battle in the singles and teams Gary Danskin & Rey Moore, David Moore & Michael Mueller, James Bristow & Tribhuvan Singh (TPS) playing in Four Balls.
Maybe we are a bit biased but they certainly look like the best dressed team!
With a possible 10 points up for grabs the D.O.G.S. took 9, making Captain Gary very happy.
With the first round of JIL completed the D.O.G.S. are sitting 1st out of 7 teams . Not a bad start; just need to keep the focus and high standard up now.
Selly Robbie 2up winner
Hitoshi 3 & 1 winner
David & Michael 3 & 2 winner
James & TPS 2 up winner
Gary & Rey all square
Finally we would like to say thank you to our sponsor Via.com and also everyone involved .
Next match is in 3 weeks time
Hoping the weather and floods are kinder to us this coming week, so grab a friend and sign up to play.
Where: Modern Golf & Country Club
When: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Tee Off: 12:00
Green Fee + Golf Cart: 875.000 IDR/person
As always; we request players are at the course 1 hour early.
If you are going to be late or decide not to play, let us know so appropriate arrangements can be made.
See you at the course,
jb & Rod
Courtesy of fellow Dog, Rudie Basson - R&A First Grade Umpire.
The Rules and what it means when we play.
With the recent controversy around Patrick Reed regarding an embedded ball let's visit this rule. It is probably part of his own making as his relationship with golf rules is up for debate.
This diagram clearly shows when a ball is embedded. Deep down in grass is, in most cases, not embedded, but golfers may be tempted to claim an embedded ball.
As per rule 16.3 a ball can only be embedded in the General Area. A ball embedded on the Green can be marked, lifted and cleaned, damage repaired and ball then replaced on original spot.
What is the procedure to follow when you have a reasonable belief that your ball may be embedded?
The rule does not require the approval of playing partners, but it is standard etiquette to ask.
If it is a clear case you can lift your ball without marking it, play the same ball or another ball without penalty by dropping the ball in the relief area. The relief area’s reference point is the spot directly behind where the ball is embedded, with size of relief area one club length measured from reference point, in the general area, not nearer the hole.
If you are unsure but with a reasonable belief you may still lift your ball without marking it, but if it is then found not to be embedded you will get a one stroke penalty for moving your ball at rest, which must then be replaced on the original spot. Such a ball can also not be cleaned.
Therefore, if you are unsure but with a reasonable belief your ball is embedded, mark your ball before you lift it. If it is not embedded just replace without penalty. Note you cannot just lift if there is no reasonable belief, which in such a case will result in a penalty.
You cannot claim free relief from an embedded ball if the ball is:
embedded but not in its own pitch mark.
embedded in a bunker or penalty area.
embedded in sand in part of General Area that is not cut to fairway height or less.
dropped taking relief under a rule.
driven straight into the ground without becoming airborne. For example, you hit your ball in the teeth in a bunker or elsewhere and the ball disappears into the ground. Can happen when you deal with a near to vertical face right in front of you.
Embedded ball is clearly unplayable from other conditions i.e under a thick bush.
pushed into the ground by for example someone stepping on it.
Note, in the same tournament Sergio Garcia also took relief from an embedded ball (without any controversy) which later proved to be pushed into the ground by a spectator standing on it. If this information was available at the time Sergio could have placed his ball by recreating a similar condition to when his ball came to rest (or place closely in a similar condition).
If you have any questions about rules please drop us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and our Rules Guys, Rudie Basson and Jens Roestel will answer on our website.
To ensure everyone's safety, players are reminded to follow the protocols set by Jakarta's COVID-19 Response Team:
Wear a mask properly wherever you go
Wash your hands with soap and running water regularly
Maintain a safe distance of 1.5 to 2 meters
Lastly, we certainly enjoy when you come out to play with us, but if you are ill it is best to stay home and rest.