Where the Pho Is a Sure Thing


ATLANTIC CITY — New Yorkers have been known to grouse about the Vietnamese food in their city. Many have tasted mind-numbingly good pho in places like Houston, San Diego and Falls Church, Va. (national hot spots of Viet cuisine), yet when they encounter the iconic beef and rice-noodle soup at home, the flavors often seem pallid and unknit.

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Par Five with Dung Huynh

Top Five Courses

  1. Bear Creek (my first course)
  2. PB Dye Golf Club
  3. Maryland National
  4. The Player Woodland
  5. Atlantic City Country Club

Top Five Foods

  1. Pho
  2. Beef Wellington
  3. Tiramisu
  4. Hot chocolate fondant
  5. Aubergine Timbales with Goat’s Cheese

Top Five Movies

  1. Head Over Heels
  2. Full House (Korean)
  3. Stephen Chows Movies
  4. God Of Gamblers
  5. The Storm Riders

Top Five People

  1. My master
  2. Dad
  3. Mom
  4. Wife
  5. Tiger Woods

Top Five Songs

  1. Nothin’ Gonna Change My Love For You – Glenn Mederios
  2. That’s Why – Michale Learns To Rock
  3. Play – David Banner
  4. Love The Way You Lie – Rihanna & Eminem
  5. Infernal Affairs – Andy Lau & Tony Leung

How to pronounce Nguyễn

USGA Pace-Of-Play Campaign

Par Five with Vinh Nguyen

Top Five Courses

  1. Broadmoor Golf Club – Colorado Springs, CO
  2. Kiskiack Golf Club – Williamsburg, VA
  3. The Falls Golf Resort and Club
  4. Cypresswood Tradition
  5. Augusta Pines

Top Five Foods

  1. Crustacean’s Dungeneous Crab and Noodles – San Francisco
  2. Salty’s Seafood Brunch – Columbia/Portland
  3. Lobster at Newport Tan Canh Seafood in San Gabriel near Los Angeles
  4. Carina’s or Vinny’s secret crawfish boil….it’s a dead heat!
  5. Ca Nuong @ Saigon Pagolac

Top Five Movies

  1. Avatar
  2. Batman – Dark Knight Series
  3. Transformers Series
  4. Lord of The Rings Series / The Hobbit
  5. Matrix Series

Top Five People

  1. My Mom :-)
  2. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs
  3. Tom Landry
  4. Tiger Woods
  5. Angelina Jolie

Top Five Songs

  1. Tupac – California
  2. Metallica – Unforgiven or Enter The Sandman
  3. Modern Talking – The Collection Album
  4. Kid Rock – Cowboy
  5. Right Now….Thrift Shop with Macklemore Feat. Ryan Lewis and Will.i.am Feat. Britney Spears’ Scream And Shout

Seeking Asian Female

A personal documentary by Debbie Lum / USA / 82 minutes / in English & Mandarin with English subtitles

Synoposis: seeking asian female is an eccentric modern love story about Steven and Sandy—an aging white man with “yellow fever” who is obsessed with marrying any Asian woman, and the young Chinese bride he finds online. Debbie, a Chinese American filmmaker, documents and narrates with skepticism and humor, from the early stages of Steven’s search, through the moment Sandy steps foot in America for the first time, to a year into their precarious union. Global migration, Sino-American relations and the perennial battle of the sexes, weigh in on the fate of their marriage in this intensely captivating personal documentary.

Watch the documentary at Independent Lens on PBS. (through June 2)

Additional reads about this film:

Slice Slice Baby

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