MILLBRAE, Calif. - A golf course doesn’t have to be as long as the Great Wall of China to be difficult.  A prime example is Green Hills, which made its debut as a regular season venue for the Dragons Golf Club in July.  Perhaps it was a wee breezier than normal, but the Alister Mackenzie classic in the hills Millbrae, with its tree-lined fairways and well-defended small greens, rolled up the field.

To wit, only one Dragon managed to beat net par — and that guy is a member of Green Hills.  Jon Chong’s 87/net 70 won the A Flight, while Mike Lum’s 83 was good for field low gross(!). Jason Kung shot 89/net 75 for second low net, followed by Chris Wong (89/net 75).  John Chu turned in an 88/net 77 for fourth.

Down in the B Flight, Alex Chong (89/net 71) beat Li Fan (102/net 71) in a card-off for first low net.  Timothy Young post a 92/net 74 for third, while Mike Gui came in at 94/net 75.With the win on his home track, Jon Chong has vaulted into first place in the Dragon Cup race, at 520 points.  Mike Gui (455) and Chris Wong (380) are second and third, respectively.  But lurking, and oh boy is he ever lurking, Mike Lum is at 345 point.  

The medalist, Mr. Chong, hosted a sumptuous affair at the newly-renovated Green Hills clubhouse.  The buffet one should say did much to soothe the butt-hurt administered by the golf course in the big picture windows.  It is rather beautiful to look at, as the fog creeps back over the Peninsula hills.  

Per usual, the tournament before the Weekender each summer served as the Weekender Team Draft.  Due to unforeseen outbreak of weddings and so on, neither of our incumbent captains, Davis Lee and John Park, could play in the Weekender this year.  Never fear, for Club President Mike Gui stepped forward to helm Team Black.  And the Mother of Dragon and Club President Emerita Karen Fong took over the Red Team.

In this era of women's empowerment, it’s curious to see an entire Weekender team of men.  Call them “The Mad Men" or “The Sausages", Capt. Mike does have the heavy hitter of the draft in Danny Garcia.  Jason Kung is in good form right now, and Jeff Law can play stylishly.  Tom Yee, Jonathan Wong, Brian Fong and Chris Chong all provide veteran-presence — by the way, it should go without saying that we are glad to see Chris back on the course.  Fan Li and No. 1 overall pick Chris Wong round out the team.  

For Capt. Karen, the top-pick Mieko Sugimoto is one of the most decorated match play players in the club.  Adding to the “Girl Power,” Helen Liu and Angie Wong will be giving strokes to most of their likely match-ups.  The most recent tournament winner, a former Team Black captain, and Dragon Cup leader Jon Chong is on the Red side. Team Red has an actual slugger — Chris Speier, a former San Francisco Giant, can bash it with Danny Garcia.  Po-Jen Lin and Song-Min Wang could be a comfortable pairing both days.  Tim Young is now in tournament shape, but Lawrence Ma, well, is not.  

If you haven’t done so already, please make your room reservations at the team hotel, the Hampton Inn, or contact Chris Wong about a room at one of the rental houses.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the Weekender up in Tahoe in August.