UNDER perfect weather, members from the leading Team SunMoon pulled off an almost perfect round this week, which was Round 4 of The Business Times Corporate Golf League.
Played on the spectacular but challenging Garden Course at the Tanah Merah Country Club, the round threw up a mixed bag of scores, ranging from an 81 to the top score of 113.
Aside from extending their lead at the top of the table by eight, Team SunMoon scored a Lalique Crystal Trophy sponsored by Lalique Crystal Singapore and a bottle of Clan Gold Whisky, sponsored by 6 Drunk Men.
SunMoon team captain Ivan Chua, who sat out the fourth round, is very pleased with the team's position and score, but is aware of this year's regulation on scoring: at the end of the fifth round, the total cumulative score will be adjusted by taking the scores of the best four rounds. The score from the sixth (and final) round will then be added to that score.
He says: "If teams were to drop a round now, we would only be two ahead of SPH Sultans of Swing. So, while we are leading by eight, it's not a huge reflection of the score."
According to him, his team would continue to do what they have done so far: "We're going to go out and have fun - that's the whole objective - and also to network and socialise, catch up with friends and make new ones."
Seagull Gayatri United has moved into second place by posting a 109 to be on 451 over four rounds.
Team Park Hotel Group played strongly to come in third on 446, and SPH Sultans of Swing dropped two places after posting a 99 to sit in fourth on 443; Team Citi is in fifth with a score of 106, to sit three points behind SPH.
A special award was presented to Tanah Merah Country Club for its Garden Course having achieved a five-star ranking in the 2013/2014 Singapore Golf Course Ranking and Guide featured in this month's issue of Golf Digest Singapore.
Among the players, Jeff Goh from Singapore Pools was the nearest to pin on hole 3 (distance 2.7 m). He won a three-day, two-night stay at a Datai Langkawi beach villa, with return flight tickets for two and two rounds of golf sponsored by Destination Resorts & Hotels.
Chris Chiu from SPH Sultans of Swing, who let it rip on hole 17 to record the longest drive (235 m), bagged $240 in dining vouchers from Open House Restaurant (in Grand Park Orchard), Indulge at Park (Grand Park City Hall) and Brizo Restaurant & Bar (Park Hotel Clarke Quay), sponsored by the Park Hotel Group.
The prize for being nearest to the line on hole 5 was claimed by Manish Mahajan from Team Emerio (0.2 m). He added a new club to his bag - a vokey design wedge sponsored by Titleist.
As always, generous sponsors stepped up to the plate with a range of lucky draw and raffle prizes. These included a Coolcore hamper, limousine and chauffeur services from the league's presenting sponsor Audi Singapore, Skins vouchers from Transview Lifestyle, a La Parfum set from Lalique Crystal Singapore and weekend stays at the Grand Park City Hall and Grand Park Orchard sponsored by the Park Hotel Group.
Darren Ware, the general manager of Grand Park Orchard and team captain of the Team Park Hotel Group, gave away an additional prize of a one-night weekend stay for two in a presidential suite at Grand Park Orchard to Michael Ng from The Crane Boomers.