Rena See (centre) lifting the challenge trophy with Apple Vacations deputy group managing director Datuk Seri Koh Yock Heng( left) and Thai Airways country manager Suttichoke Rodleechit.
APPLE Vacations is keen to make the Apple Champion of Champions Golf Challenge an annual affair.
Apple Vacations and Conventions procurement and marketing senior manager Ellyza Lee said it was pleased with the inaugural championships held at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam recently.
“This championships is special. We invited all the top winners from the 18 golf packages we had organised last year. That’s the reason it was called ‘Champion of Champions’ and we are pleased with the feedback from the participants.
“This has prompted us to make the event an annual affair,’’ said Ellyza during the prize-giving ceremony.
Besides the 18 winners, Apple Vacations had also invited their partners from the airlines industry and sponsors,
About 100 participants teed off in the
In Group One, Rena See Geok Khim, a 24-handicapper, was in fine and carded a 71 to emerge as the champion.
As the champion of champions, Rena was rewarded with a golf package worth RM8,000 to Hokkaido, sponsored by Thai Airways.
Two participants — Kenny Tan and Money Wang Vee Vee — returned with identical score of 74.
After a countback, Kenny, who plays to a seven handicap, was adjuged as the runner-up. He walked away with a Turkey Antalya golf package, worth RM7,000, from Turkish Airlines.
Money. a 16 handicapper, was presented with a golf package, worth RM4,900, to Dubai.
There was a close battle for the top spot in Group Two. Six participants — Michael Lee, PY. Yap, Ong Gim Hong, Chia VW, Khaw Ooi Tong and Ivan Tan- carded a similar score of 69.
A countback favoured Michael, a six handicapper, and he won a golf package to Hokkaido. The second and third places went to Yap and Gim Hong, respectively.
Yap won a golf package to Turkey while Gim Hong to Dubai.
Samsonite Malaysia general manager P. Mohan was the winner in Group C. The burly Mohan, a 16-handicapper, shot a 69 to win the top prize which came with golf buddy WT3 worth RM899.
Mohan said the event was well organised and it was an opportunity for him to meet old friends.
“Winning was secondary. I am happy with my score and luck was on my side to emerge as the first-prize winner,’’ added Mohan.
The second spot went to Lee Ai Hoon on 70 while L. Kunalan was third on 73.
The organisers had also invited professional golf instructor Kenneth Khong to perform during the dinner and prize giving ceremony.
Kenneth, the principal of Ken Grande Golf Academy, said he was proud to be part of the programme.
“It was good to perform in front of the participants as well as people from the travel and airlines industry,’’ said Kenneth.
Ellyza said they would be initiating several golf packages.
“We would like to see the winners joining us for the second edition of the Champion of Champions Golf Challenge next year. We take this opportunity to thank all sponsors for their support,’’ added Ellyza.