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Proelect team crowned 2018 champions

League debutants make great first impression, with captain Tan Lee Hong leading the charge

The Proelect team of Eric Tan (second from left), David Soh, Tan Lee Hong and Lau Wing Cheok celebrating their victory after receiving the winner's prize from SPH's ex-deputy CEO Patrick Daniel (far right). On the far left is SPH representative Jacqueline Wu.


WHEN asked if the golfers from Proelect would return to defend their title in 2019, team captain Tan Lee Hong paused for a while before answering.

The brief silence had nothing to do with the champions not coming back for The Business Times Corporate Golf League, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year.

But Mr Tan, 47, was contemplating a reason for staying in the competition.

"If Tiger Woods, one of my favourite golfers, did not give up after all his problems, and make such a comeback as to win last week's Tour Championship, we too cannot quit the competition. We will be there."

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Also making a comeback in 2019 will be Team Boss, who lost the title fight after being behind by just two points, going into last Friday's sixth and final leg at Tanah Merah Country Club's Garden course. They managed 129 points against Proelect's 138.

Team Boss captain Steven Lam declared after receiving the runners-up prize: "I think Proelect deserve the crown for being more consistent than us. They are a sporting team of good players who delivered when it mattered. But we'll be back to challenge them again."

In fact, many of the representatives of the remaining teams in the 11-team competitive league, echoed Mr Lam's sentiment that Proelect were deserving winners.

The champions were so focused throughout the six legs that they were careful with the player selection, considering that handicaps would be cut after every good round.

For the final leg, Mr Tan wanted to field all four players from Tanah Merah Country Club as they would be most familiar with the Garden course.

However, John Yam was away and was replaced by Eric Tan, a Warren member. The other three players, all single handicappers, contributed well, namely David Soh (38 points), Lau Wing Cheok (35) and Mr Tan himself (33).

Their squad had a practice round at the Garden course three days before the final leg, and studied the course layout thoroughly.

As for the celebrations, Mr Tan added: "Yes, we must have one. A game and lavish dinner will be arranged very soon."

(TOP 2)

1 Proelect - 138 points

David Soh (course handicap 6, points 38)
Lau Wing Cheok (6, 35)
Tan Lee Hong (8, 33)
Eric Tan (9, 32).

2 Team Boss - 129 points

Christopher Taw (9, 39)
Jonathan Lee (4, 38)
John Lim (14, 29)
Steven Lam, 15, 23).

Individual (Top 5)

1 Christopher Taw (76 gross, 39 points)
2 Eugene Oei (70, 39)
3 David Wong (75, 39)
4 David Soh (74, 38)
5 Jonathan Lee (72, 38)

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