Team Cambodia walked away with the coveted FCC Nations Cup yesterday thanks to a two-round total of 219 points, ahead of six other teams at the Sir Nick Faldo-designed Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap.
Played under the Stableford scoring system with the best three scores being used for both of the rounds, the tournament which vaguely followed the Ryder Cup pattern attracted teams formed as Cambodia, Europe, Asia Pacific, Netherlands, India, Great Britain and an international outfit.
The Stableford system of scoring was invented in 1931 by Dr Frank Stableford of the Wallasey & Royal Liverpool golf clubs and the first competition was played on May 16, 1932 at Wallasey.
Each player or team plays against the par of each hole and gets points in accordance with how they fare in relation to the par of the hole.
Two 10 handicappers, Im Reahul and Sokha Mony, in company with long-time Cambodia resident Jacob Montrose of the US, who goes out at 18, more than made up for a last minute drop out by the fourth member of the team.
The trio produced two consistently good rounds, eking out 108 points from the final 18 holes on top of their first round of 111.
The hard-chasing international foursome of Vladimir Dorogoy, Lars Uno Nilsson, Franz Heigi and Arhtur William Van had to rest content with a second place having clogged 211 points.
Despite falling short on their final push, the international side enjoyed the good fortune of Nilsson emerging as the best player of the tournament with scores of 38 and 37, which narrowly shaded for the honour Mony’s 36 and 37.
Speaking to the Post, Montrose gave full credit to both his team-mates for sustaining the momentum on both days. Mony, meanwhile, said it was “a great feeling winning this tournament.”
FCC Hotels and Restaurants general manager Douglas Moe told the Post that they were “extremely proud to be part of this great blend of entertainment, charity and fierce competition”.
“I am happy that the tournament continues to inspire golfers of all ages and skill levels from different parts of the world. FCC is proud to be associated with this,” he added.
At the end of it all, some of the players took out their irons once again, this time to promote a charitable cause. A hole-in-one challenge helped raise funds for local foundation Kampuchea House, which was created in 2007 to support education and opportunities for under-privileged children from the local communities.