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Talent Rises to the Top at City Links After almost two months of intense competition, the inaugural Ageas Corporate Golf League has been won by the aptly named Talent2. The recruitment solution and managed services firm held off a strong challenge from The Henley Group to be crowned champions of Hong Kong’s first inter-companies indoor golf competition. Talent2 captured a maximum nine points on the seventh and final night of play at City Links Golf Lounge in The Centrium, Wyndham Street, Central. The winners – comprising main duo Caleb Baker and Matt Bristow plus Neil Robertson, George Vincent and Brian Pemberton – finished top of the overall standings with 49 points. The Henley Group settled for second on 44.5 points while HSBC were third on 40 points. As well as lifting the “War on Wyndham” trophy, Talent2 were given a HK$20,000 cheque to donate to a charity of their choice – in this case Room to Read – www.roomtoread.org, a global organisation seeking to transform the lives of millions of children in the developing world through a focus on literacy and gender equality in education. The team also won a golf weekend for two to Bangkok from Golfasian.com, including two rounds of golf, two nights accommodation and round-trip airfares. “The first Ageas Corporate Golf League has been a huge success, with some thrilling but friendly competition and plenty of fun along the way,” said Angela Yam, Head of Branding, Marketing and Communication, Ageas Insurance Company (Asia) Limited. The league, which began in mid-April, was played using the Fourball Better Ball format. A total of eight teams – limited to two players but with substitutes allowed each week – played seven of the world’s most famous courses: Kapalua Plantation, Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, The Belfry, Valderrama, the “home of golf” St Andrews and Torrey Pines. The second Corporate Golf League is scheduled to begin in October. Companies interested in taking part should contact: Kim Inglis, Director of Golf, City Links Golf Lounge, on 2522 6366 or send an email to kim.inglis@citylinksgolf.com.

Ho's Singapore Swing Congratulations to Mimi Ho, who finished top of her division and third overall at the recent Singapore Junior Golf Championship, which was played at the Keppel Club from 1-3 June. Ho, a former Hong Kong Junior Close champion and Discovery Bay Golf Club member, fired rounds of 77 and 75 (eight-over-par) to also place third in the overall girls' championship. Ho also combined with Jay Lau (who placed nineteenth in the boys' 15-17 group) to finish the team event in overall fourth place. Tony Jiang, representing Hong Kong in the boys' 12-14 age division, placed sixth after round of 80,76 and 79.

Societies Share Spoils Singapore Golf Association (Ho); Charles McLaughlin (Societies)

The annual “Calcutta Cup” of Hong Kong golf, a match between the Royal Society of St George and The St Andrew’s Society for the magnificent Shanghai Trophy, was held in glorious weather at the Kau Sai Chau East Course on 10 June. Five players on each team played individual matches, with the competition coming down to the last group on the last green. With the first four matches resulting in two wins for each side, it fittingly fell to the last pairing of St Andrew’s Society Chieftain Neil Orvay and former St George President Jim Wardell to decide the competition. Despite being four down after 11 holes, Chieftain Orvey fought back gallantly, and dramatically holed a putt on the difficult eighteenth of the East to half the match and make the competition all-square, which was undoubtedly a fitting end to a great day 40

HK Golfer・JUL 2011

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