Mailer Mas­ter­class Snares Sil­ver­ware

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Shek O Coun­try Club was again the venue for ‘Jock’s Pot’, the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion for the highly coveted John D. Mackie Quaich. This tro­phy, mod­elled on a traditional whisky drink­ing bowl, is awarded to the top-per­form­ing mem­ber of the Hong Kong St Andrew’s So­ci­ety, with many other prizes also on of­fer,

writes Faye Glas­gow.

Af­ter a week of un­ex­pected and heavy thun­der­storms and down­pours, the record­set­ting field was de­lighted to be greeted by balmy con­di­tions and a course in great shape.As ever, there was a ti­tanic strug­gle for the sil­ver­ware, with over a dozen play­ers within three points of wor­thy win­ner Jim Mailer. Reg­u­lar read­ers will re­call Jim re­cently fea­tured in these pages as the cur­rent holder of the R&A Cal­cutta Cup at St An­drews and is the lat­est in a long line of strong cham­pi­ons the event has pro­duced over the years.

In a brief speech at the end of the day, St An­drews Chief­tain Charles McLaugh­lin re­called Jock Mackie, the late lo­cal leg­end who started the event in or­der to give So­ci­ety mem­bers the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence his beloved Shek O, one of the most beau­ti­ful golf courses in the world. As such, he would have been de­lighted to see his epony­mous prize go­ing to Jim Mailer, as the pair were in­sep­a­ra­ble for decades.

In a no­table first for the event, guest Marco Jorge recorded a hole-in-one, a spec­tac­u­lar ef­fort on the dev­il­ish 170yd 12th. Ear­lier, past Chief­tain John “The” Bruce had caused a stir with his tee shot find­ing the cup on the dif­fi­cult 206yd 9th. How­ever, a re­view of slow-mo­tion HDTV footage con­firmed that Bru­cie had ac­tu­ally teed off from the 10th tee!

There were two “Rounds of the Day” of a stag­ger­ing 43-point each. Within that, the ‘pur­ple patch’ of the day was the stun­ning 26 points amassed on the back-nine by Dr Jon “The Vet” Wil­liams, which in­cluded 4 birdies. It was enough to pip fel­low 43-pointer Robert Pegg on a count­back.

What­ever term is the op­po­site of ‘pur­ple patch’ ap­plied to the day’s keen­est golfer, Alun Gras­sick, who recorded an ‘unlucky for him’ to­tal of 13 points. He now has a print of “The Golfers” (avail­able from the HK Golfer Store) to con­tem­plate at home, in lieu of ac­tu­ally go­ing onto a golf course any­time soon…

Best team prize was hand­ily won by the team of David Law, Steve War­rick, Robert Pegg and Marco Jorge with a stun­ning to­tal of 152 (av­er­ag­ing 38 points each). Longest drive was won with a blast of over 300 yards by guest Jamie Red­mayne, and, in a shock­ing plot twist, Fiona Don­nelly added to her leg­endary col­lec­tion of vac­uum clean­ers with longest drive and best ladies score.

Event or­gan­iser HK Golfer Events want to thank the many cor­po­rate - and anony­mous in­di­vid­ual - spon­sors who made the day such a suc­cess: Mer­chis­ton Cas­tle School sup­plied the goodie bag plus balls and pins, with hats from Arqui­tec­ton­ica and a Pitch­fix and vouch­ers from the HK Golfer Store. Cigars were sup­plied by Azan & Roberto Du­ran Cigars.

Well over a dozen prizes were awarded on the day, in­clud­ing a mag­num of Deutz cham­pagne and um­brel­las from Mon­trose Fine Wines, 4 bot­tles of Bur­gundy from Phoenix Fine Wines & Vine­yards, a range of elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances cour­tesy of TTI, 3 bot­tles of Eden Mill Gin, Bordeaux wines from the St An­drews So­ci­ety, and prizes from the HK Golfer Store.

Last, but cer­tainly not least, was a train­ing voucher (worth US$4k) from the Black Isle Group, pre­sented to the win­ner.

With the traditional ‘sun­down­ers’, toasts, and oc­ca­sional singing un­der the stars, the event has be­come a ‘must play’ for Scots in Hong Kong and their guests. If you are in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in next year’s event, please con­tact us at info@hk­golfer.com.

Chief­tain Charles McLaugh­lin with win­ner Jim Mailer and de­fend­ing champ Oliver Li

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