top of page

D.O.G.S. Third Round at Matoa Nasional Golf Course

Hail the D.O.G.S.!!!!!,

30 players turned up for our 3rd round at Matoa, not bad considering all the tournaments going on Friday and Saturday. A big thank you to the Tee Set committee who turned up for the round following their big Championship and after party. By the looks on a few faces it must have been a good day.

The starter ushered the D.O.G.S. out to the tee boxes and had us starting off 1 and 10 right on time. Methodical would be the best way to describe the pace as the players steadily moved around the course. This week the rains stayed away and were replaced by constant wind which kept changing directions and making for interesting playing conditions. Everyone was settled in the clubhouse enjoying refreshments long before dark.

Ralf Duckworth made an appearance to check on the D.O.G.S and scooped up both Booby Prize and Most Exercise. Former Tee Set President and now known as just Roger Finnie was our Weekly Champion for the second week in a row.

Congratulations to all of our winners! As always full results are posted on our Leaderboard.

Next week we are back to our normal play day and we will be having pot luck pairings. This is always fun and a good way to play with new players for many. Get up off the couch grab a friend and come on out and join us.

  • Where: Matoa Nasional Golf Course

  • When: Saturday, December 5, 2020

  • Tee Off: 11:32

  • Green Fee + Golf Cart: 650.000 IDR/person

As we need time to arrange groups and be prepared for the possibility of an early start we request players are at the course 1 hour early.

If you would like to join us for a round there are several ways to register:

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,




This week's rules discussion comes courtesy of fellow Dog and R&A First Grade Umpire Jens Roestel.

New Rules and what it means when we play.

Today Caddie and Partner Standing behind a Player:

A partner standing behind the player would also be in violation of the rule regarding the Partner/Caddie standing behind a player from the moment she/he takes her/his stand until the stroke was done. Rule 10.2b (4) does not allow a player or his playing partner (not competitor) to have his or her caddie deliberately stand on or close to an extension of the line of play behind the ball for any reason when the player begins taking a stance for the stroke. Reference to “the stroke” means the stroke that is actually made. This applies for a putt as well as for any other stroke.

The player begins to take the stance for the stroke that is actually made when he or she has at least one foot in position for that stance.

If a player backs away from the stance, he or she has not taken a stance for the stroke that is actually made, and the second bullet point in Rule 10.2b (4) does not apply (Bullet point 2 reads – If the player takes a stance in breach of this Rule, he or she cannot avoid penalty by backing away).

Therefore, if a player takes a stance when the caddie is deliberately standing on or close to an extension of the line of play behind the ball, there is no penalty under Rule 10.2b(4) if the player backs away from the stance and does not begin to take a stance for the stroke that is actually made until after the caddie has moved out of that location. This applies anywhere on the course.

Backing away means that the player’s feet or body are no longer in a position where helpful guidance on aiming at the intended target line could be given.

Last year on the (now called the Korn Ferry Tour), a player earned a two-stroke penalty for breaching this rule. The player got penalized two strokes even though his caddie was already walking away before the player started his stroke. The penalty may seem harsh to some but the rule clearly states that it was not allowed. The player dropped out of the top 10 with his two penalty strokes.

Please keep in mind one important fact about this rule. This rule is not about where the caddie or partner is at the time the stroke is made but where the caddie or partner is when the player started taking their stance. That’s it.

This is a major change from the previous rules of golf. This rule will be applied on the location the caddie and/or partners was standing at the time the player started taking their stance, if the player then goes ahead with the stroke.

It is confirmed that in forms of play involving partners, a player’s partner and the partner’s caddie count under the same rules as the players caddie.

Jeff Ellison says it best – “You have all the rights and privileges of a partner…and all the responsibilities!”

As you gear up for team competitions or individual competitions, keep in mind to make sure your partner(s) and caddie(s) know where to stand when you start taking your stance.

It’s easy to avoid penalty strokes by just having your caddie and/or partners stay off your extension of the line of play when it is your turn to play. My advice: have them stand off to the side (90 degree angle), well off your line of play!



Covid-19 Player Safety

Playing is the sole decision of each player. There is adequate information available publicly on Covid-19 to allow each person to form their own judgement on playing and what steps should be taken to protect oneself and playing partners.

Thank you from grateful recipient of blood

You will remember a few weeks ago an urgent call for blood donors was sent out to our WhatsApp group. This was sent out to Tee Set and JAWS also; being the first society contacted a response was sent to Tee Set President Roger Finnie who has passed this note on to us.

Dear Roger,

Alastair suggested I contact you in regard to sending a message of thanks to

all those from the Jakarta Golf Community who volunteered their help in

donating their blood in relation to my recent bicycle accident.

The hospital to which I was admitted had raised their concern that the the

current availability of blood for transfusion was very restricted due to

COVID19 and asked if we could assist in the collection process, since the

treatment for my injuries would typically require a significant amount.

Your response to our request for blood was frankly overwhelming, especially

since I did not personally know most of those who volunteered. Lying there

with a fractured hip it was tremendously reassuring to know that

availability of blood (I finally needed 10 units) was not going to be an


I am back home now with a new titanium hip and well into the recovery

process and would once again like to express my sincere appreciation to

everyone who was able to help.


Chris Whaley


As we enter our final tournament the D.O.G.S. are looking for sponsorship for the End of Year Party and for next year. If you or someone you know would like more information please send us a note to


Please look for our charity barrel after the round. Matoa tournament beneficiary will be Indonesian Street Children Organisation more commonly known as ISCO. Founded by Josef Fuchs, who played D.O.G.S. regularly in the early days, ISCO has been in existence for over 20 years helping to provide education for street children in Indonesia. Some success stories:

  • ISCO is active in bringing education to over 2,500 disadvantaged children in Indonesia.

  • ISCO guarantees a job for every sponsored child, who reaches graduation at senior high school.

  • This year, we have already found more than 100 jobs for them, also thanks to you, who frequently attend this popular and very inclusive weekly social gathering.

  • 42 are presently studying in different universities.

  • In total, already more than 6,000 children went through our education programs.

  • See more about ISCO at

Jens Roestel arranges the ISCO Monthly Golf Charity Tournament which many of us play in. Jochen Overberg and Axel Hertzke hosted the last 2 German Open Cups which benefit ISCO as defending champions.


We continue to see participation grow with myGolf2u. We will really be pushing its use at Matoa so that we are able to go live in January. If you need some help just ask Rod Williams and he will be happy to help you out.

Before turning in your scorecard at the end of the round make sure your scores are entered.

112 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page