The inaugural Baltic Cup competition was played at Keppel Golf Course in Singapore on 13 September, writes Chris Jones. Keppel is the oldest golf course in Singapore, founded in 1904, during the days of the British Raj. It is a very narrow course and not terribly driver friendly, unless one is a very straight hitter.
The course is very picturesque, bounded on one side by the sea. Although not far away from the Central Business District, it boasts an abundance of mature trees, which can cause havoc with one’s game.
20 members turned up for an early lunch (at noon), with tee off time at 1p.m.. The weather was kind to us, following several days of rain, in fact too kind and quite a number of us were ‘glowing’ after 18 holes, in spite of the application of copious amounts of factor 30+.
Due to a wide variation of handicaps, it was decided that we should make the event a Texas Scramble, a team event which allows active participation from all team members, including high handicappers.
Post the game, we all gathered to re-hydrate and sort out the scoring, ably assisted by Chong Jin from SGX.
Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Mark Jackson was tasked with presenting the various prizes.
Andy Barker from Cargill won the longest drive with Carl Palmer from FMGL taking the prize for nearest the pin.
Chong Jin won our novelty prize of ‘longest drive with a putter’ which we are reliably informed was a mighty effort!
The winning team however with a net score of 60 was George Draganoudis of Icap, Ben Prior of Howe Robinson, John Gibson of Brookes Bell and Chris Jones of the Baltic Exchange, Singapore.
A splendid day was had by one and all and we rather hope that this may lay the foundation to form a Baltic Golf Society in Singapore.
Anyone who is interested to participate, please contact Chris Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org.