DURING last week's third round of the Business Times Corporate Golf League at Jurong Country Club, Team Seagull Gayatri United came out firing on all cylinders to record the highest score of the round, and this year's competition so far. The team, some of whom were last year's League runners-up as Team Seagull, scored 120 points to leapfrog from sixth place to third, four points behind defending champions and the ever consistent Team SunMoon.
Cementing their second spot after matching Team SunMoon's third round score of 113 is SPH Sultans of Swing with a total of 344. Team Park Hotel Group got back into form after posting the second-highest score at Jurong (116) to stay in fourth place. Rounding out the top five are Team Citi who are a mere 12 points behind the leaders at the midway point of the competition.
M S Maniam, Team Manager of Seagull Gayatri United, was understandably pleased with his team's performance, with three of them scoring 40 or more stableford points.
"We are quite familiar with this golf course, so everyone today played well. Looking ahead to the next round, we still have to rotate because we have customers playing. Today, we had the best three playing, so next time we cannot have the same people."
He adds: "I am feeling happy, of course, as I also played well today. We were going to finish the Clan Gold whisky but Sebastian (Team Captain) was telling me that we're going to keep it for the last day."
In addition to the whisky, sponsored by 6 Drunk Men, for being the top team on the day, Seagull Gayatri United also received a Lalique Crystal Trophy sponsored by Lalique Crystal Singapore. Other sponsors of this year's League, which is co-organised by Golf Digest Singapore, include Audi Singapore (Presenting and Hole-In-One Sponsors), Park Hotel Group (Main Sponsor), Audemars Piguet and World Golfers Championship (Hole-In-One), and a number of partners including Singapore Pools, Tote Board, Singapore Turf Club, Ace Medical, Ambient Lounge, Coolcore, FootJoy, SunMoon Food, The Datai Langkawi, Titleist and Vertix.
As always, the sponsors have generously provided a range of prizes for League participants. At the post-third round dinner, William Tay from Team SunMoon was presented with a vokey design wedge, courtesy of Titleist, for driving his ball nearest to the line on hole five.
Vishal Sharma of Team KPMG picked up $240 worth of dining vouchers from Park Hotel Group for unleashing the longest drive on hole 12. Seagull Gayatri United's Jack Phua was nearest to pin on hole 17, and won a three-day, two-night stay in a Datai Langkawi Beach Villa with return flights for two, sponsored by The Datai Langkawi.
While there were no Hole-In-One prizes given out, a number of other participants won lucky draw prizes including SKINS vouchers sponsored by Transview Lifestyle, a complimentary return limousine service to the next League game courtesy of Audi Singapore, and weekend deluxe room stays plus breakfast (for two) thanks to Park Hotel Group.
This year, there is a charity drive incorporated in the League, and in conjunction with Singapore Pools, Tote Board and Singapore Turf Club, The Business Times hopes to raise funds for ChildAid. It is an annual charity concert now in its ninth year, jointly organised by The Straits Times & The Business Times and the concert showcases Singapore's young performing talents below the ages of 19 to raise money for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.
Siblings James and Jaz Loh, playing an electric cello and electric violin, entertained participants at the post-event dinner with their upbeat renditions of Michael Buble's Quando Quando Quando and Sway, Norah Jones's Don't Know Why, The Beatles' Get Back, and Nat King Cole's L.O.V.E.
The fourth round of the Business Times Corporate Golf League takes place on Tanah Merah Country Club's Garden Course on Wednesday, Sept 11th. For more information on the League visit www.btgolf.com.sg