The Indoor US Open Final Round was held at CityGolf BSC last night, and what a great final it was. I’m sure that all players are glad that the US Open is not to be held at Pinehurst for a long time to come (myself included)! The course is simply BRUTAL.
The idea behind this US Open, as well as the rest of the ‘Majors’ held at CityGolf, is to identify the BEST indoor golfer in Malaysia. Therefore, there were prizes for both Gross and Nett divisions. Your Gross score is your shot for shot tally on the golf course. There are no handicaps, and the lowest round scored is crowned the victor of the event – golf in it’s most pure form. Nett score is your medal round minus your handicap. The handicap (if allocated correctly) is the most incredible device to put all players on an even playing field. Once again why golf is such a great game. Amateur golfers may compete against professionals on a completely even playing field.
Now that that’s out of the way, I can get to the results. But firstly I would like to thank our sponsors and partners for the prize pool. Without you, the competitors would have left pretty angry!!
ALISTAIR GUTHRIE of THE OLD CLUBHOUSE (for the kind sponsorship of an epic trip away to Langkawi)
PRESTIGE GOLF MALAYSIA
The scores were all reset to EVEN PAR for the final round. The players played ‘Back 9 Sunday’ at Pinehurst No. 2. The 10th hole is a nice little warm up Par 5 of over 600 yards. Many a 7 made on this hole! Fairways and greens were set to hard and fast, and some of the hole locations were very tricky and frustrating. If you watched any of the US Open last week, you will understand why this course has gotten the better of so many.
There was a tie on +3 for the nett division, and a playoff ensued between Ross Houston and Marc Tanner. A titanic battle of one 18th hole ended with Ross clenching the playoff win with a solid bogey (nett par) on the angry 18th hole. Unfortunately this playoff was held for the decider of second and third place. The eventual winner on a score of +2 Nett was Theavi Velayutham. He cruised through the qualifier yesterday morning on +5, and then very nearly missed his tee-time (lack of sleep due to World Cup apparently!!), and played with nerves of steel including a Nett eagle 2 on the 14th, and a birdie on the 18th. His Gross score was a 43. Ross walked away with a shaft valued at over RM1200 kindly sponsored by Prestige Golf Malaysia. Not bad for an evening out with the boys whilst having a few bevvies courtesy of The Final Whistle Sports Bar.
The Gross Division was won by myself on a miserable score of 41. Took a double by hitting it out of bounds chasing after a birdie (which I finally caught on 18). It must be noted that I accepted no prizes, although a little trip to Langkawi would have been awesome 😉 The members I played with had a rough time, with only Narmi cracking a 3rd place in the Gross division with a score of 54 (I wish I was joking). Stuart Yeomans closed out the podium in the Nett Division with a score of +10. As I mentioned before, scoring was tough on a golf course that made more than a few professionals look a bit silly last week. Hearing comments like “the ball would never do that on the real course” made me laugh, because if you’ve watched enough golf, and studied the course enough, you would know that the ball does exactly what is portrayed on our screens.
The Nearest the Pin bonus contest was won by Ross Houston, and he walked away with a LOUDMOUTH putter grip and a couple of CityGolf vouchers for his troubles.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/citygolfkl for more updates on events. The British Open will be played next month followed by The PGA Championship toward the end of the year. We will also be hosting our own version of the Fed/Ex cup. We look forward to seeing you coming in to practice on the simulators to make our scoreboards read a little better.