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Hoàng Sandwich

Bánh mì Hoàng is a family owned and operated restaurant in Houston. They make fresh authentic Vietnamese comfort food, sandwiches and more!

Thao Nguyen’s Musical Life Is Far From ‘Common’

Thao Nguyen, of the folk-rock group Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, has been on a musical journey since she started performing in her teens in Northern Virginia. Delicate yet fierce in her vocal delivery, she writes often about her social concerns — and it was a trip to a California women’s prison that inspired much of her latest album, We the Common.

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11th Annual HVGA Crawfish Boil

All current members and their immediate families or a member and his/her guest are invited to HVGA’s 11th annual crawfish boil Saturday, April 20th. Crawfish will be provided along with games and a moonwalk for the kids. The event begins at 2pm.

Additional guests are welcomed and will need to be registered ahead of time ($10/adult guest)

Please RSVP for this event.

Par Five with Kevin Le

Top Five Courses (Houston area)

  1. High Meadow Ranch
  2. Woodforest
  3. Tradition at Cypresswood
  4. Woodlands Country Club – Gary Player Course
  5. The Falls or Barton Creek’s Fazio Canyon
  6. Eagle Pointe

Top Five Courses (Anywhere)

  1. Furry Creek (Vancouver, BC)
  2. Bear Mountain (Victoria, BC)

Top Five Foods

  1. Any Italian dish with Marinara sauce
  2. Canh Chua Ca Kho To
  3. Bouillabaise
  4. Crawfish
  5. My 1 month aged rib-eye steaks!

Top Five Movies

  1. The Gods Must be Crazy
  2. Fist of Legend (Jet Li)
  3. Ong-bak (Tony Jaa)
  4. Mission Impossible III
  5. Sleepless in Seatle & French Kiss (because of Meg Ryan)

Top Five

  1. The Dalai Lama
  2. Bobby Jones
  3. Jack Nicklaus
  4. John F. Kennedy
  5. Kraig Nguyen

Top Five Songs

  1. Trinh Cong Son music
  2. I’ll be there
  3. I Love You by Yani

Battleground + Ace

Welcome to the Ace Club, Khang!

Newsletter – April 2013

Greetings to all,

It was a great kick off to the season to see all the members and guests at High Meadow Ranch GC in anticipation. The weather couldn’t have been better, and the course conditions were peaked. The scores also reflected the high spirit, despite the ever-challenging pin positions designed to test everyone’s nerves on the greens. There were rumors that regular members at high Meadow Ranch GC complained to the clubhouse how difficult the pin was. Nevertheless, scores were low enough to prove that everyone is ready to show off their improvements from last year. “Hats off” to members who played well there, especially the winners.

The story at Grand Lake was a little different, however. Not only were members and guests faced with difficult pin positions and lightning fast greens, but the cold and wind did not help. A shivering start to the windy morning left members with more on their minds than getting warmed-up since there was no driving range, but also to stay warm through the font nine. The greens were extremely firm and were the fastest our club ever putted on in competition. Members who played practice rounds just the day before struggled to break 100, but most were unable to do so the day of the tournament. The scores posted by participants proved how difficult the course was to maneuver that day. Hopefully, our tournament coordinator will not line up more challenging courses for the rest of the season.

Our next challenge will be Battleground GC in Deer Park. This course has a reputation to challenge your game with tight fairways. After Grand Lake, however, I’m sure we are up to the challenge of any course. Hope to see everyone there as we meet on a Sunday instead of the usual Saturday.

Also coming up is the Annual Crawfish Boil scheduled for April 20th at Leo’s house in Iowa County. Please sign up for both events ahead of time, and bring your family to our annual Crawfish Boil to meet other families for good food and some “fun in the sun.”

Congrats to the winners of the past two tournaments. Please congratulate them and give them the recognition they deserve.

The club’s balance is as follows: $2,681.00

Kiet Luong
HVGA President


The 46 Places to Go in 2013

NY Times – 46 Places to Go in 2013 and Houston is No. 7… Really? We all need to learn to appreciate and give Houston more credit!

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Nearest Point of Relief

Question presented: On cart paths, sprinklers, or grounds under repair, where should the player drop the ball?

USGA Definition: Nearest Point of Relief

The nearest point of relief is the reference point for taking relief without penalty from interference by an immovable obstruction (Rule 24-2), an abnormal ground condition (Rule 25-1) or a wrong putting green (Rule 25-3).

t is the point on the course nearest to where the ball lies:

(i) that is not nearer the hole, and

(ii) where, if the ball were so positioned, no interference by the condition from which relief is sought would exist for the stroke the player would have made from the original position if the condition were not there.

Note: In order to determine the nearest point of relief accurately, the player should use the club with which he would have made his next stroke if the condition were not there to simulate the address position, direction of play and swing for such a stroke.

Does the player have to take the relief? No, but if relief is taken, then the player must obtain complete relief.

Where is the nearest point of relief? It depends on where the ball is located and whether the player is playing left-handed or right-handled.

Can the nearest point of relief be on both side of the cart path? It is possible but generally not probable.

Please watch the video provided by the USGA for a discussion about the nearest point of relief.

Simon Nguyen
Rules Committee


Golf Boys 2.Oh

Par Five with Benjamin Nguyen

Top Five Courses

  1. Harding Park
  2. Jagorawi Golf Club
  3. Redstone
  4. Magnolia Grove
  5. Sharpstown (too many memories, won 2 districts in a row in highschool)

Top Five Foods

  1. Macaroni Cheese Eggrolls at Muiishi Makirritos Food Truck
  2. Crawfish anywhere!
  3. Country Friend Chicken and Waffles at Franks
  4. Pheasant Hot Dog at Moon Tower Inn
  5. Injectable Doughnuts at Topgolf!

Top Five Movies

  1. Pulp Fiction
  2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  3. Any of the Star Wars
  4. Django Unchained
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Top Five

  1. Edward Nguyen
  2. Mom
  3. Dad
  4. Tiger Woods
  5. Anybody who’ve I’ve met in my life.

Top Five Songs

  1. Video Games (Sound Remedy Remix) – Lana Del Ray
  2. Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix) – Benny Benassi
  3. Diamonds (Flaxo Stadium Bootleg) – Rihanna
  4. Aural Pysnapse – Deadmau5
  5. Burning Up (the Rebirth) – Dillon Francis

9th Annual Putting Fore The Future

Greetings HVGA members,

Hope Initiative is one of the local charities that our golf club continually promote due to their good will. As part of their fundraising efforts, they usually host annual golf tournaments to generate funds to continue their cause. This year, their golf tournament will be hosted at Wildcat Golf Club.

To entice HVGA golfers to come out and support their cause, HI offers discounts for all HVGA teams and prizes for the HVGA team that shoots the lowest score among all HVGA teams. All HVGA members will pay $90 instead of $100/person for tourney entry fee, and the winning HVGA team will receive Bestbuy and Kin Son gift certificates.

Let’s show HI our support by forming teams and represent HVGA at their golf tournament. Our presence will show the Viet community that we can make a difference by doing what we do best: playing golf. If for no other reason, this tournament will provide a practice round to “feel” your way around this golf course since it is on our schedule for this year.

Click here for more info/registration.

Hope to see all of you out there this Saturday,

Kiet Luong
HVGA President


A Tiny Village Where Women Chose to Be Single Mothers

LOI, Vietnam — They had no plan to break barriers or cause trouble. But 30 years ago in this bucolic village in northern Vietnam, the fierce determination of one group of women to become mothers upended centuries-old gender rules and may have helped open the door for a nation to redefine parenthood.

One recent morning in Loi, as farmers in conical straw hats waded quietly through rice paddies, a small group of women played with their grandchildren near a stream. Their husbands were nowhere to be found, not because they perished in the war, but because the women decided to have children without husbands.

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Show Me The Money In Your Lunar New Year Envelope

Many Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and other Asian immigrant families are preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year by filling small envelopes with money.

Exchanging cash gifts with relatives and friends is an annual holiday tradition that can test one’s cultural knowledge and, sometimes, bank account.

Allen Kwai, 36, and Debbie Dai, 31, first met a decade ago during church choir practice in New York City’s Chinatown. They finally tied the knot last October.

In traditional Chinese culture, that means they’re now adults, and with adulthood comes certain financial responsibilities, including giving out money for Lunar New Year.

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In New Orleans, Vivid Flavors of Vietnam
By Seth Kugel

Hawking her ya-ka-mein soup at a recent New Orleans concert, Linda Green went through her basic sales pitch: it’s beef and noodles. It’s a local secret, she told me. It’s an African-American tradition. But then came an odd clincher.

“It’s a little like pho,” she said. “But better.”

It took a second to process. Pho? As in, the Vietnamese beef and noodle soup? Why would she assume a random customer would know pho?

Because we were in New Orleans, that’s why. Just as New Yorkers nosh knishes and Miamians munch medianoches, New Orleanians know pho – and Vietnamese culture in general. It’s just one more classically American example of outsiders turned insiders. In the 1970s, attracted by both a climate and a local industry – shrimping – that they knew well, Vietnamese refugees settled by the tens of thousands in Louisiana. And New Orleans culture met them halfway, absorbing and adapting what they had to offer.

Though I had come to New Orleans for more mainstream purposes, I carved out some time to tour Vietnamese New Orleans. Though I did need a car – the Vietnamese communities are concentrated across the Mississippi River on the Westbank (outside New Orleans proper) and down Chef Menteur Highway along Lake Pontchartrain – there were few other major expenses. Vietnamese New Orleans, it turned out, is even more budget-friendly than the rest of the city.

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