OPA Golf 2017
 

by Steven Chan
Photos provided by Yam Kait Wah

The OPA Annual Golf 2017 was held on the 1st September 2017 at Staffield Golf and Country Club, Mantin. Instead of the normal tee off on a Saturday morning, it has now been decided, that the tournament be held on a Friday, as it speaks sense for the organizing committee members who will be very tied up with responsibility for the annual dinner preparation the following day.

This year, the tournament attracted a very good field of 18 flights with 71 golfers consisting of Paulians, Lasallians and Guests with some Paulians coming from as far as Canada and Singapore. Noticeably, among the participants were two professional golfers, Miss Lim Ai Lian and Victor Lim, both are brother and sister and both are also Paulians as well. The prizes were quite attractive until the 15th position Nett with some trophies and novelty prizes. To add glamour and excitement to the event, there were also two “hole in one” prizes for a Honda Accord VTi-L, generously sponsored by Mr. Billy Wong of Messrs. Ban Heng Lee Motors as well as a King Size Lady Americana Mattress worth RM20,000 sponsored by our very consistent OPA sponsor, Mr. Steven Loo of Messrs. Far East Foam Industries Sdn Bhd.

In the Gross category where Low Seng Koon was defending his crown, the high expectations of the pros Ai Lian and Victor to create an impact fizzles out with Ai Lian playing below expectation and Victor on the other hand, having to endure a dreadful back injury but nevertheless he persevere till the very end. It was a very close affair, which could have gone either way among Gabriel Lee Poh Long, Low Seng Koon and Manimaran who carded a score of 80, 81, 81 respectively. Thus Gabriel Lee Poh Long has to be deemed the “giant-killer” as he was crowned the new OPA Gross Champion. Trailing by “an inch” was Low Seng Koon who won the second placing on official count back and Manimaran has to settle for third placing.

For the Nett category, first timer, Stanley Shoon of the 3rd Seremban Scouts, wins honour in his first attempt. Playing to a handicap of 16, Stanley carded a very impressive Nett score of 71. Trailing him closely on second placing was Santhana Dass, handicap 13 who carded a Nett score of 72. The third placing, was won by Low Kok Khen, a 12 handicapper with a Nett score of 73

Besides conveying his thanks and appreciation to Mr. Billy Wong and Mr. Steven Loo, the organizing chairman, Steven Chan also wished to convey a sincere vote of thanks to Mr. Francis Yew of Heineken Malaysia Berhad for the sponsorship of the free Tiger Beer as well as the golf umbrella as a goody item.

As usual, please keep your eyes on the ball and let’s space the date for the next OPA Golf event which will be on 31st August 2018 as we also celebrate Merdeka Day.

Following is the full results of the tournament:


 


Gross Champion: on behalf of Gabriel Lee Poh Long


Gross Third:: Manimaran


Nett Champion: Stanley Shoon

     
Gross Score
GROSS WINNER : GABRIEL LEE POH LONG
80
1ST RUNNER UP : LOW SENG KOON
81
THIRD : MANIMARAN
81
     
Nett Score
NETT WINNER : STANLEY SHOON
71
NETT RUNNER-UP : SANTHANA DASS
72
NETT THIRD : LO KOK KHEN
73
NETT 4TH : STEVE NGUI
73
NETT 5TH : YAP MUN KWEE
73
NETT 6TH : DEVENDRA
73
NETT 7TH : K C CHIA
73
NETT 8TH : HARRY YONG HONG
74
NETT 9TH : QUEK SUAN KIAT
74
NETT 10TH : HENRY FOO
74
NETT 11TH : ALVIN TAN
74
NETT 12TH : DATO LAI SEE MING
75
NETT 13TH : GERALK GIBBS
75
NETT 14TH : EUGENE GOH ZHAO TZEN
75
NETT 15TH : MICHAEL CHIN
75
     
SENIOR WINNER : RAGHBIR SINGH
79
     
GUEST WINNER : JAYAKUMAR
68
GUEST RUNNER UP : ALVIN TAN CHOON HING
68
GUEST THIRD : TONY
74
     
Nearest the Pin   RENNY LIM
Nearest the Line   LOW TUCK SENG
Longest Drive   EUGENE ROY
 

Nett Runner-up: Shantana Dass
 

Nett Third: Lo Kok Khen


Senior Winner: Ragbhir Singh

 

Nett 4th:Steve Ngui

Guest Winner: Jayakumar
 

Longest Drive: Eugene Roy


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