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A warm welcome to all participants and supporters of the Singapore Cricket Club’s Annual Golf Tournament. Held at the Seletar Country Club on 9 September, the 2016 edition of this tournament will feature a challenging golf course which would undoubtedly motivate an exciting game. More than a hundred golfers will be participating in an afternoon of 18-hole golf. The one with a lucky swing of a ‘hole-in-one’ will walk away with a Lexus IS Turbo (Executive), courtesy of our friends from Borneo Motors. There are other lucky draw prizes to be won as well, so I hope that you will join us at the after-games dinner. My thanks to our kind sponsors, the organising committee of the 2016 SCC Annual Golf and staff, who made this tournament possible. Let’s gear up for an exciting tee-off! Mohan Bhojwani President Singapore Cricket Club
It is my pleasure as the Chairman of the SCC Games Control Board to welcome you to the 2016 Annual Golf Tournament, held at the Seletar Country Club. The tournament, since its debut in 1984, has continued to attract participation, not only from the Golf Section, but also from the other 12 sports sections of the Club. It also engages members with such camaraderie, on and off the green. This is the spirit that we strive to achieve in the Club towards becoming the premier sports and social Club in the region. I would like to thank the Golf Section, under the convenorship of Mr Richard Loo, and its committee for organising this tournament. Thanks also to our ‘Hole-in-One’ sponsor, Borneo Motors and to our other sponsors and supporters for their invaluable support. I wish all participants a great game of golf and happy merry making on the 19th hole! Sher Baljit Singh Chairman, Games Control Board Singapore Cricket Club
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It is my honour as Convenor of the SCC Golf Section to welcome you to the 2016 SCC Annual Golf Tournament, held at Seletar Country Club. This tournament was first held in 1984 and it had reached many milestones since then. In 2002, in celebration of the Club’s 150th anniversary, the Golf Section organised it biggest tournament – the SCC 150th Anniversary Charity Golf, with the then Prime Minister, Mr Goh Chok Tong as our Guest-of-Honour. The tournament continues to gain its popularity and garner support and participation from all 13 sports sections of the Club, and we hope to continue this tradition for years to come. I would like to also take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, especially our ‘Hole-in-One’ sponsor, Borneo Motors and all supporters for their kind generosity. Without them, this tournament would not have been possible. On behalf of the SCC Golf Section, I wish you a good game of golf and may the best golfer wins. Happy Golfing! Richard Loo Golf Section Convenor Singapore Cricket Club
GOLF SECTION COMMITTEE 2015/2016 Convenor Richard Loo Captain Chionh Chye Hion Secretary Michael Dorris Treasurer Vincent Ho Committee Members Alvin Khoo Karamjit Singh
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THE SINGAPORE CRICKET CLUB HERITAGE TRAIL Established in 1852, the Singapore Cricket Club is today a premier sports and social club in Asia. It is the second oldest sports club in Singapore, junior by 10 years to the Singapore Sporting Club, now the Singapore Turf Club. The Club stands at the centre of the city’s colonial heart, a public space that has witnessed many of Singapore’s triumphs and defeats, upheavals, independence and the annual National Day Parades on 9 August. Nearby historic buildings include Raffles Hotel, St Andrew’s Cathedral, City Hall (on the steps of which the Japanese surrendered to the British in 1945), the Old Supreme Court (now the National Gallery Singapore), Old Parliament House (now the Arts House), Victoria Theatre and Memorial Hall, and Empress Place Building (formerly government offices and now the Asian Civilisations Museum). Cricket was played on the Padang as early as 1837, only 18 years after Sir Stamford Raffles founded the settlement of Singapore in 1819, but it was not until 1852 that the first meetings were called to discuss the formal establishment of a cricket club.
businessmen who founded the Club but also by the power-brokers and decision-makers in government. Presidents in the early days of the Club included several governors of the then Straits Settlements: Sir Cecil Clementi Smith (SCC President, 1883, Governor, 1887-1893), Sir Frank Athelstane Swettenham (SCC President, 1902-1903, Governor, 1901-1904) and Sir Arthur Henderson Young (SCC President, 19091910, Governor, 1911-1920). It was not all cricket on the Padang. A popular event almost up to World War I was the SCC Annual Sports and the SCC Athletic Sports were an integral part of this programme up to 1900.
There have been no fewer than three clubhouse buildings on the Padang, the first erected some time in the 1860s, the second in 1877. The third pavilion, which forms the core of the present Clubhouse building, was built in 1884. It was extended in 1907 and the northern and southern wings that we see today were added in 1922.
Football of both sorts, soccer and rugby, was established in Singapore in the 1880s, while an annual tennis tournament was initiated in 1875. Hockey arrived early in Singapore, in 1892, considering that the rules of the game had been established in Britain only in 1849 and the English Hockey Association established only in 1886.
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS The Club’s beginnings were quite humble, with the first 28 members in 1853 being mostly men working in the British business and mercantile community, usually as clerks or “junior assistants”. In the 1880s, however, membership had grown to almost 400 and was seen as a social feather in the cap, not only by the
Billiards was no doubt played at the Club, but it is seldom mentioned in existing records. Lawn bowls began at the Club in the 1870s and the tournaments were held regularly from 1898.
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Membership of the Club had reached 878 by 1914. World War I affected Singapore sports badly (although
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the crown colony was not directly involved in the conflict) and the supply of sporting “manpower” was sharply reduced. Cricket suffered in particular and in 1922 the Club was unable to make up a full team to send to play in Hong Kong. Morale must have been improved by the visit, in 1927, of Charles Gordon Macartney and his Australian cricket XI. Macartney’s team, which included eight Test cricketers, actually lost one match, against Malaya. Another major cricketing event occurred 10 years later, in 1937 – a three-day match by Malaya versus Sir Julien Cahn’s XI, the first English cricket team to visit Malaya or the Singapore Cricket Club. On 15 February 1942, Singapore fell to the Japanese and most Europeans who had not escaped were interned. The Club was closed for the duration of the war. Even after Singapore was liberated, in 1945, it was clear that life in the crown colony would never be the same again. Elections in 1959 were won easily by Lee Kuan Yew’s People’s Action Party, which proceeded to form a strong majority government in a selfgoverning Singapore. It was reported that the new government was considering taking back the Padang from its lessees,
the Singapore Cricket Club and the Singapore Recreation Club. In the event this did not happen, but the government did insist, in 1962, that all clubs in Singapore maintain at least 50 per cent Singaporean membership. Prime Minister Lee made his first official appearance at the Club in 1963, when his wife presented the Lee Kuan Yew Shield to the Club’s ladies’ hockey team. He returned in 1970 to accept the honorary title of “Visitor” to the Club. SIGNIFICANT EVENTS Between 1959 and the early 1970s, numerous cricket teams of Test or first class standard visited Singapore and graced the Padang. The most notable of these were: • The Australian Test team to India and Pakistan in 1959 • The MCC team to New Zealand in 1961 • Ron Roberts’ Commonwealth XI in 1962 • E.W. Swanton’s Commonwealth XI in 1964 • Joe Lister’s International XI in 1968 • The MCC XI on its East African and East Asian tour in 1970 • The Indian and Pakistan Test teams returning from their tours of Australia in 1968 and 1972 respectively also visited Singapore. Unfortunately, their one-day fixtures were washed out.
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Although the future of the Club looked grim during the 1960s, because of declining membership, financial difficulties and the possibility of government action, it survived (largely because of the sterling work of Club President Andrew Gilmour (after whom the Gilmour Room is named) and during the 1970s and 1980s it began to prosper once more.
Another event in 1991 of interest in the context of the Club’s history was the discovery of the oldest sports trophy the Club has in its possession – a Challenge Cup presented to the Club by Vice-Admiral C.B. Hamilton and officers of the British ships visiting Singapore in 1887, in commemoration of the many games the British Navy had enjoyed on the Padang.
Concern for the community became a hallmark of the Club during the 1980s, the most outstanding example of this being an SCC Extravaganza charity day in 1984, in which year Singapore celebrated 25 years of self-government. The event raised $285,000 for the Community Chest of Singapore.
ANNIVERSARIES AND THE FUTURE In 1992, the Club celebrated its 140th anniversary and organised various functions to raise funds for charity as part of the celebrations. The most memorable event was the 140th anniversary party held on the Padang on 30 October, which was graced by President and Mrs Wee.
Seven-a-side rugby teams had competed for the Ablitt Cup since as long ago as the 1940s, but it was not until the 1980s that the SCC Rugby Sevens was expanded to become a truly international competition. The SCC Soccer Sevens (now played in sixes format) has become an equally popular annual event and in 1991 it was enhanced by the presence of British soccer stars Gordon Banks, Bobby Charlton, Roger Hunt, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters (all members of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup), Mike England, Pat Jennings, Kevin Keegan and Tony Woodcock. The highlight of 1991 was the visit of Singapore President Wee Kim Wee on 6 December and his acceptance of honorary membership of the Club.
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An SCC Hockey Sixes competition was inaugurated in 1992. In October 1993, the Singapore Cricket Association organised the first International Cricket Sixes tournament on the Padang, in which teams from 10 countries participated. On 29 May 1996, the Club passed several landmark resolutions – to embark on a $60-million Clubhouse redevelopment that will involve building two storeys underground, create a new class of transferable membership and give women full membership for the first time in the history of the Club (offered in November 1997). In the late 1990s, the SCC International Rugby Sevens attained the status of a top international club
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tournament. In 1998, the New Zealand Rugby Sevens Commonwealth team featuring rugby legend Jonah Lomu visited the Club and played on the Padang. In the same year, Petone from New Zealand, featuring another Kiwi legend, Tana Umaga, won the Ablitt Cup at the Padang. The status of the Club as a premium institution in Singapore was again underlined when Mr S.R. Nathan – a long-time member of the Club – was elected President of the Republic of Singapore in 1999. The millennium year saw a complete re-turfing and repair of the Padang field, including an improved drainage system. The year was also marked by the courtesy visit of His Royal Highness Prince Norodom Ranariddh from the Kingdom of Cambodia. In 2002, the Club celebrated its 150th anniversary with a year of festive activities organised by the specially formed anniversary committee. Among the highlights of the anniversary year was a charity golf match attended by Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and Mrs Goh. The anniversary celebrations culminated with a gala dinner at the Padang on 5 October.
A week later, on 12 October 2002, a terrorist bomb in Bali tragically killed eight Club Members who were visiting the island to represent the Singapore Cricket Club in the annual Bali International Rugby 10s tournament. On 1 December 2003, a year after the 150th anniversary, a Special General Meeting of Members approved the most extensive Club renovation since 1922. Work was completed three years later and on 2 February 2007 the Club held a dinner to celebrate the renovation. The guest of honour was Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who accepted the title of “Visitor”, making him the second recipient of that honorary title after Lee Kuan Yew in 1970. Today, the Club boasts over 5,000 active members, of whom some 3,000 are voting members. There are currently 13 Sports Sections in the Club – Balut, Billiards & Snooker, Bowls, Bridge, Cricket, Darts, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, Squash and Tennis – the largest sections being Golf, Squash and Tennis.
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THE CHARLIE PHUA CUP
Charlie K P Phua was the SCC President from 1991 to 2000. Charlie was an ardent supporter and frequent golfer of the Golf Section, who never missed a major golf game or after-match function if he was in town. He was always there to give that extra mile to the section and for that, we loved him dearly. In June 2001, Charlie stepped down as SCC President. The section, with blessings from the then SCC President Anwarul Haque, sought permission from the man himself to grant the honour of dedicating a golf trophy in his name. And so, the Charlie Phua Cup was inaugurated. A priceless sterling silver cup was donated by a section member and the battle for the coveted first ever Charlie Phua Cup was held on 5 July 2001 at the Jurong Country Club with Francis Wong emerging as champion. Charlie was an SCC stalwart and a quintessential gentleman, fondly remembered by many SCC members. Sadly, Charlie silently bade us farewell in the autumn of 2001. His dedication to the Club and section will forever be remembered.
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ROLL OF HONOUR
Overall Champion of Annual Golf Tournament
Chionh Chye Hion
Wee Jim Hock
Leo Sung Hoon
Wee Jim Hock
Kwek Chok Wen
Wee Jim Hock
Wee Jim Hock
Loh Kok Onn
Jan P G Prins
Mok Kwok Thong
Sng Boh Khim
Choy Moo Chee
A N Balagopal
Choy Moo Chee
P C N Hayes
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2015 ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT 9 September 2016 Article by Richard Loo We had a very successful and enjoyable 2015 SCC Annual Golf Tournament on 9 September at the Sentosa Golf Club (Serapong Course) followed by a sumptuous dinner back at SCC at the Padang Restaurant. The event was well-attended by about 120 section and non-section members, guests, sponsors and we were most honoured to welcome the presence of our Club President, Deputy President, Chairman of Games Control Board and other GC members. We thank Captain Peter Salt for being a great emcee and as usual the live wire of the evening. Once again the whole event would not have been wellmanaged and successful without the efforts of our SCC Sports Department – Thipa Mogan, Ken Ang and the Sports Team, headed by Janet Ng – thank you. The committee wish to thank all our ‘Hole-in-One’ sponsors – Borneo Motor for the Lexus car and Silk Express for the air tickets and hotel accommodations for two to Tokyo. Regretfully no one, not even our ‘Hole-in-One specialist’ Allan Muir, won the prize. 10 | SCC Annual Golf Tournament 2016
Allan was however crowned the overall champion of the tournament – congratulations, Allan! Many thanks to our lucky draw sponsors – Bank of Singapore for their generous door gift prizes; Ram Pacific for the Remowa cabin bag; Soluxe hotel for giving away four air tickets with two nights stay at Soluxe Hotel Kota Kinabalu; Victor Olsen for air tickets to Bangkok; Gayatri Restaurant for donating golf balls and dinner vouchers; Coca Restaurant Singapore and Brazil Churrascaria for the dining vouchers and Khong Guan for the biscuits.
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RESULTS OF THE 2015 SCC ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT overall champion Allan Muir MEN’S A DIVISION Champion - Anthony Hillier 1st Runner Up - Rob Hands MEN’S b DIVISION Champion - Eric Teoh 1st Runner Up - Peter Tay ladies’ DIVISION Champion - Jenny Shah Chin Wah 1st Runner Up - Cynthia Chow Yuet Fong NEAREST TO PIN Allan Muir Andre De Lange Jullien Redy longest drive Anthony Hillier
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SCC vs ROYAL SELANGOR CLUB 9 July 2015 at Jurong Country Club
CHRISTMAS GOLF 16 December 2015 at Tanah Merah Country Club
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ANNUAL CHANGI GOLF GAME 24 January 2016 at Changi Golf Club
CHINESE NEW YEAR GOLF 17 February 2016 at Seletar Country Club
melbourne cricket club visit 6 April 2016 at Seletar Country Club
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TOUR TO NANJING 17 to 21 May 2016
SCC INTERSECTION FELLOWSHIP GOLF 17 June 2016 at SICC
pADANG sHIELD â€“ scc vs SRC 1 July 2016 at Seletar Country Club
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THANK YOU The SCC Golf Section Committee and Members would like to thank the following Sponsors and Supporters who have made this tournament possible. Hole-in-One Sponsors
Lexus Silk Express Freight Pte Ltd Sponsors
Brazil Churrasco Chronograph.com Cortina Watch Pte Ltd Gayatri Restaurant Hakko Products Pte Ltd MST Golf (S) Pte Ltd Old Chang Kee PhysioActive Pte Ltd Seletar Country Club The Cocoa Trees
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