The City Golf Ryder Cup was played down in Melaka over the 6th and 7th October over a hallowed ground known as Tiara Melaka (http://www.lion.com.my/weboper/property/tiaramelaka.nsf/home). Team KL snuck down a little earlier on Friday for a practice round on A’ Famosa prior to meeting the Singaporeans in Melaka.
We finally reached the hotel after encountering some horrendous traffic from the golf course. The Singaporeans were already at the GEOGRAPHER BAR (www.geographer.com.my) having a couple of beverages. “1-UP” I thought! Dinner and announcements of the teams were made, and some pretty rough sounding karaoke was sung (as we took over the microphone from the live band that was playing).
Day 1 kicked off at 6:45am. Ouch. We arrived at the club for a not-so-welcome breakfast before making our way to the course. GREENSOMES was to be played in the morning, followed by BETTERBALL MATCHPLAY in the afternoon. The day’s play left KL leading 5-3, with some spectacular (and not so spectacular) matches being played all round. With the SINGLES coming up on Sunday morning, we knew we had to play hard to beat a very “grinding and chirpy” Singapore team. Dinner and the announcements of the SINGLES matches for Sunday morning were complete at around 10pm, so it was a reasonably long day for all of us.
After an earlier night, the boys looked much more fresh than they did the previous morning! We were on the course ready to go at 11am, but with the Governor of Melaka on the course, there was a slight delay. I was warned of the delay beforehand, so I could luckily let the guys know that this was going to be a slight setback. Thankfully a massive putting and chipping area, was right next to the first tee-box, so the guys could pretend like they knew what they were doing for a while before heading out onto the course to do battle in the SINGLES.
One of the great things about these trips is all the discussion and camaraderie between the players about the going’s on in the matches. Players learn to do some incredible long-range sign language to convey the relevant information. It was brilliant to see again. It’s been a long while since I had played in anything quite like this. The last one was an Inter-Provincial event where it was all seriousness and not much in the way of “chirping and banter” going on. This was completely different! The aim of the game in this event was to try and get into each others’ heads. Took some getting used to!
It is impossible to try and explain the tension and the heat in some of the matches that were played via a Blog or News Report, and I don’t envy those that were not there to be a part of such an awesome event. In the end CITYGOLF KL were victorious by a mere 2 points to win 9-7. This makes it back-to-back wins for KL and I truly feel for the Singaporean Captain who was teary-eyed during the prize giving ceremony! Unlucky Singapore, you guys played some great golf and it was an absolute pleasure to meet all of you. Until Cambodia in 2013.