We had 40 members and guests attend the banquet with suggested “social distancing” of one club length. Many were more trusting and meandered into the “gimme range”.  President John Sturges opened the evening with acknowledgement of the 2019 Board and recap of 2019 events. PCGC showed support to the community with a donation to the Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation (Mr. Scott Wong) and Ikoi No Kai (Mr. Don Matsuda). Last year’s recipient of the Scholarship award was Ms. Cindy Wu who wrote a nice thank you note stating we helped her with her goal of attending University of Portland to study Nursing.  Mr. Don Matsuda thanked our club as with the current situation every dollar helps in keeping the Senior food service operational.

The staff of The Stockpot Broiler was very accommodating in serving our Braised Beef Brisket and Mediterranean Breast of Chicken dinner. Then VP Darryl Inouye and Rian Kindig gave away door prizes. The first ticket drawn drew “crickets” only to go to the one who misplaced his ticket – Pai Vongthongthip. The top prizes included a Sun Mountain golf bag, TaylorMade M2 hybrid, Calloway Mack Daddy wedge, Odyssey White Hot Pro putter and a dozen Pro V1 golf balls. Our “Mystery Prize” of the evening was claimed by Eric Dold which included 2 sleeves of golf balls, $30.00 gift card to Par West Golf and a roll of premium Toilet Paper (3 layer, low compression).

The entry for the NW Intercity (Vancouver BC) was awarded to John Sturges after Eric Dold had declined the prize due to a commitment to attend a Nebraska Cornhusker game. (Now we know why his eyes lit up for the TP as corn cobs can be a rough ride)

Meeting Up With Mark and Shigeo In Hawaii

When I was in Hawaii, on Oahu last month for my son’s (Christopher) wedding in late November, I met up with a Portland Chinese Golf Club member of years gone by and a current member for a round of golf at Waikele Country Club. It was a wonderful golf course! I had to pay almost 3 times as much as Mark and Shigeo but it was worth it.

We had a lot of fun and great conversation. Mark was staying in their place in Honolulu and Shigeo is driving Japanese tourists all over the island. If any of you ever get to Honolulu, Shigeo or Mark can definately recommend what courses to play while you’re there.

Happy New Year to everyone and I hope to see you all soon!

Golf’s New Rules: Major Changes

There will be many new rule changes for next year. Don’t be the one that loses a match because you didn’t know how these changes may help.


Here are some examples of the new rules:

Ball at Rest