By Katie Baines
The Ambassador’s Cup Golf Tournament is one of the highlights on the AAS calendar. Come rain or shine it’s always an enormous amount of fun and 2019’s event was no exception. Golfers were delighted to be back at Palm Resort Golf & Country Club, playing on their manicured greens surrounded by lush, tropical landscape.
Energy levels at the clubhouse on the Saturday morning were high and guests were eager to get the day under way, greeting friends and team mates in the lobby, collecting goodie bags bursting at the seams, before heading up to the terrace for a plentiful pre-tournament lunch.
After much excitement around the lucky draw and the fantastic prizes were presented to contented winners, it was time to tee off and buggies scattered across the course before the klaxon marked the start of the tournament.
There were epic shots, near misses and wayward golf balls, which may or may not have been attributed to a constant stream of beer served at stations punctuating the course, and delivered by AAS team and Executive Committee members, as well as the tequila supplied by East West at hole 17. Either way, players snacked, drank and were merry.
It was a tightly fought contest, with only two points separating first and third place, but it was Team Pettit and its members, James Pettit, Jim Cavanaugh, Troy Gerry and Sam Packer, who prevailed as Tournament Champions, with SAS-Team 1, comprising of Gordon Cyr, Peter Lundburg, Stan Richards and Timothy Zitur, coming in second. Third place, however, had yet to be decided poolside in a putt-off during dinner between Team Richardson and Team Pengwine. But it was Team Richardson, with members Josh Richardson, Martijn Boersma and Patrick Wagoner, who seized the accolade. Whether it was a day well spent with friends old and new, or winning a fantastic prize in the draw or raffle, everyone went home a winner.
We owe a debt of gratitude to our sponsors, in particular our title sponsor, TD Ameritrade, who were a tremendous support and enormous fun both on and off the fairways. We are also greatly indebted to our co-host, The American Club, Singapore American School for their continued support, and the many companies who supplied the wonderful prizes for the raffle and lucky draw.
Thank you to our superb golf pro, Maro Mukawa, who put players and challengers to his golfing prowess through their paces. Huge thanks, too, goes to tournament Chair, Chris Milliken, the golf committee and the AAS team, all of whom worked incredibly hard behind the scenes to make the event such a great success.
A great day, great displays of golf and great memories to be treasured. See you next year!