Bruneians Winning Golf!

Yesterday, our football veterans won. Today, I found another winning Brunei entry, this time at Golf. This is a report from Malaysian Mirror also dated 23rd November 2009:-

JOHOR BAHRU: Brunei team, Lapor Po Tiger blazed the course on a very wet week at Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort to emerge as winners in the grand final of the World Amateur Inter Team Golf Championship (WAITGC), from November 3-5.

Powered by the sultanate’s best known amateur golfer, Seruji Haji Setia (0) and backed up by Pg Adam Pg Hatan (0), Dennis Koh Kheng Siang (8) and youngster Sanjok Moktan (3), Lapor Po Tiger combined for a three-day total of 55-over-par 703 at the 6,454-metre, par-72 championship course, winning the gross title by six strokes.

“It was a team effort. The course was tough and the weather condition was challenging (round three was delayed by more than four hours due to thunderstorm) but we managed to pull through,” said Seruji who was the team captain. “We are absolutely delighted with this win as we came close last year in Melaka, only to finish second.”

Lapor Po Tiger’s victory broke Australian team, Coathangers’ stranglehold of the title. The defending champions who won for three successive years finished fourth this time around, missing a podium finish by two strokes.

Despite Coathangers’ disappointment, Australia still had two teams in the gross category’s top three with Skippy the Kangaroo and Revellers finishing runners-up and third respectively.

Skippy the Kangaroo with Timothy Maddern (3), Alexander Fraser (1), Garth Christopher George (5) and Harry Kamachu (10) in the team fired 709 strokes total while Revellers who was represented by Colin William Hoole (2), Paul Chappell (0), Peter Bennet (4) and Leon Stielow (4) carded a combined total score of 712.

In the nett category, Pakistani team of Punjab comprising of Zulfiqar Rana Brigret Ddildarr (15), Zahid Ahmed (14), Mirmaaz Mahmood Mirikramm (13) and Morad Ahmed Khan Ahk (14) claimed the title with combined stableford points of 329.

This is the 16th season of the evergreen amateur golf circuit, billed as the only one in the world run by a country’s Tourism board. A total of 161 teams took part in the six qualifying rounds with the top three gross and top two nett teams at each leg qualifying for the all-expenses paid Grand Final.

Popularly known with the acronym WAITGC (wai-tag), this Tourism Malaysia’s initiated event is an internationally acclaimed golfing extravaganza. According to Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, the director general of Tourism Malaysia, despite the economic slowdown and the H1N1 influenza threat, the circuit still managed to attract 644 players this year and he was confident with more promotion, WAITGC would attract more players in the seasons to come.

At the prize presentation dinner at Mutiara Hotel Johor Bahru, Datuk Mirza also unveiled the logo of the Malaysian International Golf Fair 2010, which will be organized by the Malaysian Golf Association in conjunction with the 50th Putra Cup from October 1-3 next year.

The World Amateur Inter Team Golf Championship is managed by Golf Club Managers Association of Malaysia (GCMAM) and sanctioned by the Malaysian Golf Association.


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