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EDGE Golf bounced back to the top of the League table after shooting a superb 111 stableford points during the fourth round of the BT Corporate Golf League, which took place at Seletar Country Club on Friday, Aug 12th. Defending champions Team Boustead, together with The Crane Boomers and Team Citi, shot 107 stableford points to tie Edge Golf at the top of the table with 423.
There is a four-way tie for second with Team SunMoon, Bank of Singapore (OCBC), Emerio and The Crane Boomers on 414 points. In seventh spot is Team Citi with 410, followed by Swinging Scribes (383) and Gayatri and team KPMG who are both on 372. The top scoring team in the social category was PWC with 104 stableford points.
The fifth round of the BT Corporate Golf League will take place on Tuesday, Aug 30, at Singapore Island Country Club's New Course.
Centurion has fielded a team and been a loyal sponsor every year since the League's inception in 2010, and this year is no exception. As team captain Jeff Fones says: "We like to help where we can."
The team is currently lying in 12th position with 366 stableford points in the competition category heading into the fifth round at Singapore Island Country Club next week.
This may be the first year as a sponsor for Gayatri, but the fourth time as a team participant in the competition category. Explains team captain and founder and CEO of Gayatri Restaurant, Mr Shanmugam: "We decided to field a team this year more for networking and to get to know new friends and also for new business. We try our best to be competitive."
He adds: "We have met many friends and also did business with some of the business associates. It's a good platform for business networking for Gayatri and a mix of getting together socially."
Gayatri's sponsorship value for the League this year is S$15,000 - they served up their food for the networking dinner, which was held in May, and have been providing on course high tea for all six rounds. The team is lying in ninth place after four rounds and looking ahead to the final two games.
Mr Shanmugam offers: "Just relax, enjoy the game and yet be competitive."
Another team who has been a solid supporter of the League over the years is Team KPMG. Says team captain Barry Lee, partner and head of capital markets, KPMG in Singapore: "This gives us an opportunity to unwind with the great company of clients and friends. The chance to compete, discuss business and meeting new people is definitely an attraction. BT's objective of connecting and building friendships within the business community in Singapore is also consistent with KPMG's corporate philosophy, and we support this League fully."
He adds: "We see value in participating in the League as it provides a valuable platform for us to network with our clients and the wider business community."
The team is lying in tied ninth place on 372 points, and with two rounds remaining Mr Lee says that what is most important is for the team to maintain their momentum of play and be able to enjoy the friendly competition with their fellow golf enthusiasts. Instead of singling out any particular player, he prefers to talk about the team as a whole. "The strength of Team KPMG is greater than the sum of individual team members. Even though the team comprises players of mid to high handicappers, we work well together, leveraging each other's strengths."
League champions in the competition category from 2012 to 2014, and winners of the social category in 2015, Team SunMoon could well be primed for another triumph this year after sitting tied second - and nine points behind the leaders - with two rounds to go. Yet, team captain Gary Loh says that his team doesn't have a key strategy, but rather to just go out and have fun. As to the primary reason why they decided to participate once again, Mr Loh explains: "We won the social category last year as well and therefore we thought it would be better to have a team in the competitive category. It's also great to see strong teams in the field and we are happy to see the league grow year on year."
He adds: "We look upon the League as more of a mix of fun and business." Other highlights include the selection of courses although the team misses Sentosa in this year's lineup, the fact that the teams are more evenly spread out after four rounds, plus that the League is "still as fun".
SunMoon have been a sponsor of the League since 2011 and signed up again this year. Says Mr Loh: "We have been sponsoring our fresh and consumer products and the retail value is about S$2,000. It's a great way to showcase the new products that we have been developing and we are very encouraged by so much positive feedback we have received."
- The fifth round of the Business Times Corporate Golf League was due to take place yesterday on Singapore Island Country Club's New Course. It has been postponed until next Tuesday (Aug 30), as a mark of respect to the late SR Nathan, whose state funeral took place on Friday.