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May 29, 2009 - Fairways Lies By Molly Pong

posted Jan 27, 2013, 11:21 PM by San Francisco Chinese Golf Club


In a weak moment of naivety and madness, I consented to write our “Fairway Lies” this year. Adrienne Lieu has been the gifted author of the numerous issues we have enjoyed in the past. Shucks, how difficult can this be? Little did I realize the harsh reality of the task…..my mind has become a vacuum, devoid of pertinent, interesting, or stimulating topics. My body constantly searches for any inane reason to avoid the inevitable duty. Alas, I’ve become the supreme procrastinator.

Luckily we have others in our club who are born leaders. Thanks to Dong Zhang, our Tournament Director, the club tournaments have gotten off to a smooth running start. The first was the “Green Ball” event at Palo Alto GC – a fun mixer. We duffers were able to play alongside the super stars. Dan Lo is still regaling everyone about his stellar play, holing out for a birdie on the 9th hole with a wedge. Mabel Wong showed the boys that a good short game can out-score a showy drive any day. The Poppy Ridge tournament was a more challenging event, and brought out the best efforts of our players. Master of all was Meng Chen, Mr. Modest himself. Metropolitan GC drew many members who finally came out of winter hibernation to play. Because of the small women’s field, it became a matter of survival from the heat, and yours truly backed into 3rd place. Dan ran off a string of 3 birdies, but was out played by foxy Dong.

Dong has exhorted us to sign up for tournaments with his timely emails. He has entertained us with his prompt, insightful, entertaining recaps of game results – what a sports reporter! We appreciate an added feature – his update of the fed-ex…oh, excuse me… the Founder’s Cup Points.


Our Invitational is looming just around the corner! Kirby Kwok, our Invitational Tournament Chairman, has been busy gathering his committee chairs together and working out time tables and goals. There seems to be something missing……it’s YOU! Please volunteer yourself or be ready to be recruited. Send in your reservations now. Of course you’re all coming to this big tournament. Publicize the event to all your fellow golfers. We welcome Federation members and non-members alike. Form your team with 3 of your friends and sign up for the Shaw Pang Challenge, a new event on the Friday before the invitational. We need everyone’s participation to make our Invitational a success. We need hole sponsors. Invite your business colleagues to take advantage of the publicity their sponsorship will bring them. Contact Suthee for our sponsor letters.


Phoebe Choy was the women’s senior low net winner. Her foursome won 2nd in her flight in the four player scramble. Other winners in their foursome play were Russell Kwok and Leo Lee – 2nd (foursome 2 best ball), Sarah Fong – 1st (foursome 2 best ball), Linda Kwok – 1st (foursome 2 best ball). Congratulations to them and to all our members who represented the club at the popular tournament.


Dan Lo has the latest gossip about members:

Louis has a new baby girl named Hina, born in January….Ron Gin is dusting off his Ford Cobra for a run. He hasn’t driven it for a while….Due to the dramatic improvement of Ben Mow’s game, Dan is picking him for our team for the Battle of the Bay and Northern California Cup. Diligent work pays off!....

Sammy Yu just came back from Hong Kong. He visited his brother, who has been stationed there for 5 years…..Cathy Cai introduced our club to the Singapore Club of Northern Calif., a social club. Dan took advantage of their club’s 25th Chinese New Year dinner to give a speech publicizing our club. Also present were Leo, Suthee, Francis Cindy, Sandra, and Cathy….Walton Chang is officially retired and will be working on getting golf contracts for 2010.


Mabel Wong is one of the basketball players featured in a new book, “Outside the Paint”, Kathleen S. Yep author. This book documents the “highly accomplished athletes” who played in the San Francisco playground in Chinatown, and “who developed a unique playing style that enabled them, for a time, to leave the confines of their segregated world.” Can you spot Mabel in the ladies team picture?