Team Singapore Wins The 22nd World Amateur Golfers Championship
A well-deserved round of applause could be heard as Team Singapore earned the bragging rights as this year’s winners of the highly coveted 22nd World Amateur Golfers Championship TEAM Trophy and Title at the Awards Gala Dinner & Prize Giving, held at the Tsogo Sun Elangeni Hotel, the accommodation and hospitality host. The Championship was played in KwaZulu-Natal from the 22 – 29 October where Team Singapore could be seen leading the field from Championship Day 1.
Singapore outclassed their competition on every stroke across 72 holes of KwaZulu-Natal’s finest championship courses - Durban Country Club, Beachwood CC, Kloof CC and Victoria CC. Team Singapore ultimately finished on 1121 Nett, 27 shots ahead of Team Vietnam, who claimed 2nd place on a hard earned 1148 Nett. Team Malaysia were not without their own display of impressive skill, trailing just 1 shot behind Team Vietnam finishing on a 1149 Nett. Just off podium was Team South Africa who finished in 4th place on 1157 Nett and Teams China and Indonesia who tied 5th, each finishing on a 1158 Nett.
In the Invitational, Team Vietnam A won podium in claiming first place on an impressive 430 Nett, followed by Team Malaysia 1 who held their own on a 435 Nett while Team Indonesia 1 claimed 3rd finishing on an 436 Nett. In the Championship Individual flightings, Erwyn Rui Lam from Singapore stole the show, playing a consistent game throughout, staying ahead of the competition to claim 1st place in the 0-5 handicap group finishing on a 290 Nett.
Nils Nordh, Chairman & CEO of World Amateur Golfers Championship, in his address gave a special thank you to the HRH Princess Birgitta of Sweden for her ongoing patronage and support of the Championship. He further extended his thanks to the players, the golf courses management, Tsogo Sun and the event producers, World Golf Events SA, organisers Flagship Events and World Golfers Championship Ltd for making this year’s 22nd World Final an absolutely unforgettable experience. In his closing address, Nils announced that next year’s World Final will be hosted by Malaysia.
This year’s Sven Tumba Spirit Trophy was awarded to Team Spain who really showcased a great energy of camaraderie and sportsmanship throughout the Championship. The Team held true to Sven’s vision for the World Amateur Golfers Championship of forming new friendships and creating new business opportunities.
The Championship ended on a high note for two amateur golfers, Ignacia Diaz Gonzalez from Spain and Wolfgang Schwietzke from Germany. Both Ignacia and Wolfgang managed to score big by obtaining hole-in-ones during the Championship on the 2nd hole at Beachwood Country Club and the 9th at Victoria Country Club, respectively.
“It has been an unforgettable week of golf with over 200 golfers, representing 27 countries in the Championship and 23 countries in the Invitational, coming together to compete in an all out battle for a 22nd World Final Trophy and Title. However, Championships like these are not possible without the support of sponsors and as a result a special thank you must be extended to SMG BMW for their support in making sure our team always had the drive to arrive at our destinations not only on time but in style as well. Furthermore, a big thank to Tsogo Sun, who really outdid themselves as this year’s accommodation and hospitality host by providing exceptional 5-star service. Lastly, I would like to thank Tourism Kwazulu-Natal for the incredible support they and the leadership of the province have given the event over the years since the Championship was first played in Kwazulu-Natal in 2011,” said Craig Clay-Smith Tournament Spokesperson for the World Amateur Golfers Championship.
In closing, Craig congratulated Team Malaysia in taking over the banner of hosting the 23rd World Amature Golfers Championship and wished all the players a safe journey home and hoped that all the golfers could walk away with a little bit of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in their hearts.