AFTER four rounds of this year's BT Corporate Golf League, twice-defending champions Team SunMoon have opened up an almost insurmountable lead of 17 points over second-placed Team Emerio and SPH Sultans of Swing.
Yet they didn't score the highest team points for the round held at Jurong Country Club - that honour went to Team Emerio on count back over Team Citi. For their efforts, they each took home a bottle of red wine sponsored by Scallywag by Le Vigne. Says the team's captain Harish Nim: "We've been at it for three years, and this year apart from the scoring system, a couple of guys have put in some extra work. We were wondering what target we should set ourselves if we do well, and said top five. It's been amazing."
One key player in yesterday's round was Sreerangan Kurup who scored 36 points to take Best Stableford score prize - a Business Times-sponsored trophy, ilLido dining vouchers sponsored by ilLido and a red wine hamper sponsored by Le Vigne.
Looking ahead to the fifth round which will be held at Singapore Island Country Club, Mr Nim reveals: "Four of our team players are SICC members, so we are hoping to hang in there around the same level, or if not then do better. Everyone is quite determined to do well."
Team SunMoon scored the second highest total of the round with an impressive 103, making them the only team this year to score more than 100 during each leg. So what is their secret? "Luck of the draw. We played as best as we could, played our normal game," says team member Gary Loh. "For the next round we are going to do nothing different, just going to put on the accelerator and play our own game."
The Crane Boomers and Team Citi both have 394 points. One point behind in sixth position lie Bank of Singapore (OCBC), with DBS Vickers in seventh with 390. Team Boustead, Team Zyfas and Singapore Pools round out the top 10.
After the round of golf, which was played in perfect weather conditions, a number of novelty and lucky draw prizes were awarded. Nearest-to-pin on the 17th hole went to Ong Ah Hee of Seah Construction and he collected a Callaway Chev Duffle Bag. The nearest-to-line on Hole 12 was achieved by Zack Sulaiman from Team DHL and he took home a Brand's gift hamper sponsored by Cerebos. There were three winners (Kelvin Chew, Zainurin Jaafar and Olivier Denis) in the Longest Drive category and they won a Boss Green polo T-shirt, sponsored by Boss Green. The longest distance from the six rounds will walk away with a full suit ensemble worth S$5,000, sponsored by Boss and the result of the Boss Longest Drive Challenge will be announced at the final game.
The hole-in-one prizes - an Audi S3 Sedan, an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph and a six day-five night trip to Terre Blanche Hotel Spa & Golf Resort in Cannes, France for two - were not claimed, but many players were on hand to receive some very generous lucky draw prizes from this year's sponsors such as Ambient Lounge, Ayuthaya Spa, Callaway, Le Vigne, Park Hotel Group, Providore and Red Monster. The third prize of a one-on-one training / golf day with Audi and Singapore Professional Quincy Quek at Laguna Country Club, sponsored by Audi Singapore was claimed by Thomas Tan.
The top prize of a 3-day / 2-night Datai Langkawi Beach Villa with private pool and butler service, return economy class airfare by SilkAir for two, and two rounds of golf worth S$8,000, sponsored by Destination Resorts & Hotels, went to Vincent Cho.
- For more information on the past editions and 2014 Business Times Corporate Golf League do visit www.btgolf.com.sg. The fifth round will tee off at SICC's New Course on Wed, Sept 17.