After a two-year Covid delay, it was wonderful to be back on the course and continue the Ambassador's Cup golf tradition started back in 1935. What an amazing day we had at Singapore Island Country Club playing the TD Ameritrade Ambassador's Cup Golf Tournament presented by XCL American Academy. It was great seeing all the teams having fun, hitting some long drives and sinking some great putts!
It was a thrill to welcome our new ambassador, Jonathan Kaplan, to this
year's tournament. He played with Chris Brankin, CEO TD Ameritrade; Brian Rogove, CEO of XCL Education and Ashok Lalwani who represented AAS. Ashok is the treasurer on our Executive Board as well as a Partner at Baker McKenzie. Talk about a power team!
We would like to say thank you to all of our fabulous sponsors who made this event a smashing success.
Title Sponsor: TD Ameritrade
Presenting Sponsor: XCL American Academy
Eagle Sponsors: Expat Dental, GRTActive, and Singapore American School
Birdie Sponsors: Brown-Forman, JW Marriott, PengWine, The American Club and VanMedia Group.
A huge thanks also to all our prize donors: Avo & Co, Banyan Tree Bintan, Hard Rock Cafe, Jabra, Seamless Bespoke, The Fullerton Hotel and Titleist. This event would not be possible without their incredible generosity and support.
And one more round of applause to our Golf Pro Hector McAulay, Golf Chair Chris Milliken as well as SICC Sponsor, Chuan Campbell and his wife Nory for their incredible support and guidance. And finally ... a huge thanks to our small, but mighty team at the American Association of Singapore.
And the winners are...
So while it was a crazy fun day, we also had some rain. A lot of rain, in fact! With the rain delay, many golfers were unable to complete the course which made it challenging to calculate the score. Chris and Chuan spent hours trying to find the fairest way to determine the winners. The final score was calculated by taking the team score for the number of holes played, dividing by the number of holes played, then multiplying that number by 18 then subtracting the team handicap. Whew! A huge thanks to them for working this out and to you all for understanding that no scoring system would be perfect given the circumstances.
Covid restrictions prevented us from having the usual after-tournament awards dinner so we had a small awards ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe the week after the tournament. Unfortunately, not all the winners could attend to claim their prizes, but those who came enjoyed their burger, beer and prizes!
First Place Winners Kari Jokela
Each player of the foursome received an engraved mug, a customized tailored shirt of Italian fabric from Seamless Bespoke and a one-night staycation for two including breakfast at The Fullerton Hotel.
Second Place Winners Sam Ahmad
Each player of the foursome received an engraved flask and a set of Jabra Elite4, Active noise-cancelling earbuds.
Third Place Winners Jonny Owens
Each player of the foursome reeived an engraved thermal wine glass and a fabulous gift basket provided by
The American Club.
Novelty Golf Prize Winners
Closest to the Line Praveen Lingamneni won a Callaway leather bag Longest Drive Henry Wood won a bottle of Woodford Reserve. Nearest to Pin Glenn Ong took home three bottles of PengWine. Glenn also won the top Lucky Draw Prize: a staycation at Banyan Tree Bintan complete with daily breakfast and a round of golf! Lucky guy!
Thanks to our golfers' incredible generosity when buying mulligans and taking a chance against the Pro! We are so proud to announce that we raised $6,000 for LOVE, NILS, our charity for the day! And that's with only about half of the golfers getting to the Beat the Pro hole because of the rain. Bravo! Click here to learn more about the great work LOVE, NILS does.
In short, it was a fabulous day on the green surrounded by many who make the American Association's community so great. We're thrilled we were able to host this hallmark event once more and look forward to our next marquis event.