The winning team: (from left) Paul Popielier, Craig McDonald, Jacob Montross and Thierry Loustau.
LAST Sunday, 32 IBC Legends of Golf members slugged it out on the fairways of Siem Reap’s Angkor Golf Resort.
IBC stands for International Business Club, more commonly known as the Chamber of Commerce.
The tournament grouped competitors in teams of four and followed a Texas Scramble format, with each team given a handicap based on the players’ ability.
Naturally there were prizes to be won for “nearest the pin”, “longest drive”, “nearest to the line” and a hole-in-one prize sponsored by Ezecom, who provided a Ford car for anyone getting a hole in one on the practice fairway, hole 19.
Nobody claimed it, although Lee Thai Khit provided a heart-stopping moment with his shot, which rolled to stop a mere five feet from the hole.
Traditionally at tournaments like this, a shotgun is used to announce early morning commencement of play but the organisers abandoned the idea in favour of a more modest firecracker at 7:30 am.
It quickly became evident which team did not overindulge the night before
as Thierry Loustau, ably supported by the rampant Jacob Montross, hit form just at the right time. A one under par front nine set the early pace, coupled with another one under par for a total of two under and victory.
Lee Thai Khit’s team of Luc Grobet, John You and Matt Rendall also showed promise but settled for a one under par 71, one shot off the pace and second place.
Prize winners were: Nearest the pin – Glenn Ang, and Paul Cheung A Long; Longest drive – Jacob Montross and Paul Cheung A Long.