Instilling a bit of novelty in the event and a first for any Malaysian golf tournament, the players had to collect their goodie bags from the back of a Red Crescent Malaysia ambulance, parked in front of Tasik Puteri’s main entrance.
Indeed, the over-subscribed tournament featured a field of 136 players that had their skills challenged over the Puteri and Putera nines.
And apart from having the opportunity to win the top five prizes in the A, B and C Medal divisions, as well as the overall champion’s trophy, the golfers also had great incentive in going after attractive hole-in-one prizes that comprised an apartment unit in Perdana Park @ Rawang worth about RM320,000, a Mazda 2 and a Proton X70.
When the scoring was done after 18 holes, the overall champion’s title went to four-handicapper Mohamad Hisham, who finished with 40 Stableford points.
The A Medal title was won by Shaiful Adri, who played off a three-handicap and tallied 39 points, while 14-handicapper Maran Manickam seized his chance and won the B Medal title with 38 points. Datuk Mustapa Meon, who played off a 19, clinched the C Medal with
And while lady luck did not shine on any of the participants at the designated par-3 holes for the hole-in-one prizes, Alfan Naem was the toast of the day when his ball came to rest inside the Bulls Eye circle on Hole 14.
The total collection of the Bulls Eye was in the region of RM3,000 and Alfan happily donated RM200 from the RM1,500 he received, with the rest of the sum handed over to the society.
The Nearest-to-Pin contest on Hole 8 was won by Andrew Suriady, who hit the best tee shot of the day to 10ft 9in from the cup, while on No 17 the prize went to Dr. Sani Ashari with an effort of 20ft.
The two Longest Drive prizes were collected by Shazman Isa, who blasted his tee shot 270 metres down the fairway at Hole 7, and Azrul Shah, who hammered his effort a massive 275 metres on Hole 13.
The Nearest-to-Line prize for the event at Hole 4 was won by Samsel Amri after his ball came to rest on the line, while Lotfi Bin Abd Latif won it on Hole 16. His ball was measured at two inches from the line.
Besides the main prizes, the organisers also rewarded the golfers who did not play well with 80 lucky draw prizes. There were also three grand lucky draw winners who received a Titoni watch sponsored by ATG Watch, a TaylorMade driver sponsored by MST Golf and an Asus notebook sponsored by Low Yat Plaza.
An auction of a TaylorMade golf set during the prize presentation lunch netted close to RM6,000 for the charity.
Malaysian Red Crescent Kuala Lumpur chairman Datuk Noordin Ab. Razak thanked everyone involved for their generosity and support, which he added would not have been possible without it.
“In all my experience, this is our biggest tournament organised and I can’t thank the Low Yat Group, the sponsors and the generous golfers enough,” he said.
“The tournament was played in great spirit and we are humbled by all the support.”
Tournament organizing committee chairman and fundraising chairman of the Malaysian Red Crescent Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Khairul Annuar Abd Aziz said: “With that generosity and support the tournament proved a big success. We planned to raise RM50,000, and to surpass it with a collection of RM67,000 was all due to the generosity of the golfers and the sponsors.”
The main sponsors of the annual tournament are the Low Yat Group and Datasonic Group Berhad.
Low Yat Group Bukit Bintang Properties regional director Steven Chong said: “We are happy to be part of this event and to support the Malaysian Red Crescent Kuala Lumpur chapter to raise funds for their daily operations and activities.
“Doing charity is a big part our CSR philosophy and I believe this charity tournament has set a great example in the corporate world.”
The event was sponsored in cash or kind by the Low Yat Group, Bermaz Auto Berhad, Datasonic Group Berhad, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, DMM Sdn Bhd, MST Golf, MPI Generali, Titoni (ATG Watch), Srixon Golf, HL Golf & Turf Equipment, J-Golf, Mr DIY, Cosmo Pharmacy, Freight Management Holdings Berhad and Federal Hotels International.
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