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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

npr.org

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

frugaltraveler.blogs.nytimes.com
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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Newsletter – February 2013

Greetings HVGA,

Welcome back HVGA members, and welcome new members. It is that time again when we gear up for another exciting HVGA golf season. I’m sure everyone has been waiting eagerly for the season to start, and it’s finally here. February second will be the first tournament date, and we hope to see everyone at High Meadow Ranch in high spirit.

This season marks a decade of HVGA golf since its birth back in 2003. What started out as just a few guys getting together to play golf, has become a tradition that brings us together month after month, year after year. During these ten years, HVGA led the way for other VGA organizations throughout the nation to follow, and will continue to set a high standard for new VGA organizations to replicate for years to come. We look forward to another ten great years, and hope to see you all there.

With a new golf season brings new changes. A few noteworthy changes include slight increase in membership fees, a slight increase in Texas Cup fees at the request of the Dallas team to host the event at a nicer course, a change in the Texas Cup format, handicap cutoff for A and B Flights, etc. If you haven’t already, please check our website and note these and other important changes for this year.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the committee members. The Board members had asked the committee to serve another term, and most of the committee members accepted. The only committee member position that changed is the tournament coordinator position. Ricky Hesston had agreed to take over CT’s responsibility at the request of the board members. We are confident Ricky will schedule plenty of surprising new courses for us this year.

HVGA has supported numerous charity organizations in the past by participating in many of their events. The main ones that we continue to support include Hope Initiative, Johnny Dang Charities, and Medical Aid for Vietnam. Johnny Dang hosts several golf tournaments throughout the year, Medical aid for Vietnam hosts their golf tournament once a year, and the same goes for Hope Initiative. We will keep you posted of their tournament dates on our website, so please check our website regularly for those announcements. In fact, Hope Initiative already set a date for their golf tournament this year on February 23rd. Please show our support of their cause by signing up as many HVGA members as we can to their tournament roster.

Finally, let’s focus on honing our golf game so we can make early preparations to win our trophy back from our rivals at the Texas Cup event. They’ve managed to hang onto the A flight trophy for quite some time, and it would be something if we can win it back this year on our 10th anniversary. I hope you’re as excited as we are kicking off this season, and continue the excitement every month we will meet thereafter.

See you at High Meadow Ranch GC.

Kiet Luong
HVGA President

 

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Quirky but cutting, playful but forceful, controlled but ragged, Thao Nguyen is one of the most commanding and distinctive young singers around. She infuses everything around her with electricity and mischievous boldness, from her live-wire concerts to the way her songs gallop and clamor, picking up intensity as they go along. With her band The Get Down Stay Down, Nguyen is about to release her third album — We the Common, out Feb. 5 — and it’s full of tense, clattering folk-rock. Read more.

Putting Fore The Future

Come out and have some fun while supporting a great charity that is Hope Initiative(HI). Putting Fore The Future will be held at the Wildcat Golf Club this year on February 23, 2013. $100 for Individuals and $400 for Teams. Visit hionline.org/golf.aspx for additional tournament and and sponsorship information.

HI seeks to develop vibrant and prosperous Vietnamese communities in Vietnam and abroad through poverty reduction, child development, and community enrichment programs. The Charity adopts a defined humanitarian platform, which focuses on three primary objectives:

  • Working to reduce poverty and improve living conditions in Vietnam.
  • Enhancing the lives of Vietnamese children through child development and advocacy.
  • Fostering Vietnamese community development through educational and cultural enrichment programs.

Learn more about HI.

2013 Season

Greetings and a Happy New Year to everyone,

Hope everyone had plenty of time to “re-tool” their golf games in the off-season, and ready to start a new one. 2013 promises to be a special year as we celebrate 10 exciting years of HVGA golf. Our club only lasted this long because of members like you who are actively supporting the club by showing up year after year. We hope you will continue to support the club by recruiting more friends and providing ideas to expand and grow the club. With 10 great years behind us, we all look forward to another 10 exciting years to come. Thank you for being a part of our history and future.

Now, let’s get back to business, the business of golf! Our first tournament registration is opened, therefore, members and guests are now able to join and register for the first tournament. We are schedule for High Meadow Ranch on February 2nd with a shotgun start at noon. Please join us on February 2nd to help kick off this exciting season.

When: February 2, 2013
Where: High Meadow Ranch
Time: 12:00 shotgun
Cost: $140 ($65 green fee/$75 membership fee)
Registration Deadline: January 29, 2013

Register Now!

Mr. Cao Goes to Washington

pbs.org

What happens when the naiveté of a political rookie clashes with the realities of racial and partisan politics of the South?

Mr. Cao Goes to Washington is a fascinating character study of Congressman Joseph Cao, a Vietnamese American Republican elected by surprise in an African American Democratic district in New Orleans. Will Cao make it through his term with his idealism intact?

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