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The 66th Scott Cup Competition took place at the Shek O Golf Club in Hong Kong on 29th January 2016.

The Scott Cup was first presented to the Swire group's "Champion Golfer" by Mr John Swire Scott, a director of John Swire & Sons, in 1952. His wife, Alethea, presented the Rose Bowl to the leading lady golfer in 1964. The Taikoo Cup was introduced by Mr J.A. (now Sir John) Swire in 1973 for the best Hong Kong-based golfer – thus ensuring that at least one trophy remains in Hong Kong.


The weather forecast for 29th January promised very cold and wet conditions, which probably accounted for the high number of last minute, important business meetings that afternoon. Of the 72 entrants, a reduced field of 45 men and 13 ladies took to the fairways.

The winner of the Scott Cup was Rob Weider, of Cathay Pacific Hong Kong, with a commendable score of 41 stableford points, off a handicap of 15. A golfer who plays well below his handicap is often referred to as a "Burglar". For some strange reason, Rob turned up to the prize presentation dressed as a cat-burglar in a dark sweater and matching black beanie. Whatever the reason, he made off with both the Scott Cup and the Taikoo Cup!

The runner-up was James Ong, from China Navigation, Singapore, with a score of 39 points. The Wooden Spoon was keenly contested as always; but, with no Richard Kendall in the field this year, it was left to JB Rae-Smith of John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited and Nick Deal of Cathay Pacific Hong Kong to battle it out. Tradition dictates that the award is presented to the golfer with the second-lowest score on the day, so the unfortunate recipient of the Spoon was Mr Deal with a score of 14 points – probably the highest score in the history of the Scott Cup to win the Spoon.

The Rose Bowl was won by Yumiko Noguchi of Cathay Pacific Hong Kong, with 38 points, closely followed by Susan Goto, wife of Cathay Pacific Japan's Financial Services Manager, Atsushi Goto, on 37 points.

Thanks are due to Mr and Mrs John Slosar for hosting the awards dinner at No. 3 Shek O and presenting the winners with their trophies.

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The winners received their prizes from the Taipan and his wife at the awards dinner following the competition.

UK
The UK Scott Cup qualifier was held on 25th August at the usual venue of the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club, with 20 competitors representing five Swire group companies – including, for the first time, Argent Energy. Despite very damp conditions, Jerome Cartier of Cathay Pacific scored an incredible 45 stableford points off a handicap of 24 (and so will be audited prior to the 2016 competition!) Jerome also won the Nearest to the Pin prize. Chas Lacey of Finlays was runnerup with 37 points (off a handicap of two) and also won the Longest Drive. Robert Cutler of John Swire & Sons was third on 34 points.

North America
HAECO Americas hosted the Scott Cup qualifier at Sedgefield Country Club, home of the PGA Wyndham Championship, in Greensboro, North Carolina. The competition was held in September 2015 with an international field of 28, including representatives from three countries and six Swire companies. The winner, who went on to represent the Americas at the championship in Hong Kong, was David Fotu from Swire Coca-Cola, USA in Salt Lake City. Plans are underway to hold next year's Scott Cup qualifier at Park City, Utah.

Middle East
The Middle East Scott Cup qualifier was held on 7th January 2016 on the Faldo Course of the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. It was a small but competitive event, with six participants battling through a sunny day to get the best out of a challenging course. Stuart Hunter, Country Manager for Swire Pacific Offshore Qatar, once again earned a place in the Hong Kong final by shooting 36 stableford points, just ahead of second place Jonathan Hughes, Swire Oilfield Services Country Manager Qatar.


Kenya
The Scott Cup qualifier was held on 18th November 2015 at the Kericho Golf Club. Thirty-seven participants played in fine weather, despite forecast rain. Sammy Kirui of Finlays was the winner who went on to represent East Africa in Hong Kong, with Chris Birgen, also of Finlays, as runner-up.

Singapore
The Southeast Asian Scott Cup qualifier was once again held at the prestigious Singapore Island Country Club, with participants from Swire Pacific Offshore ("SPO"), China Navigation ("CNCo"), Swire Oilfield Services and Altus Oil & Gas Services taking to the fairways on 4th December 2015. The weather was kind and everyone managed to complete their round. There was strong competition for both the winning spot and the Wooden Spoon, but in the end it was a former winner, James Ong from CNCo, who triumphed with a very impressive score of 39 stableford points, playing off a handicap of 12. James also won the Longest Drive, while Radar Evensen from Altus was Nearest to the Pin. Tim Haughton from SPO won the coveted Wooden Spoon with four points!

Mainland China
The Swire China Scott Cup qualifier was held at Wolong Valley Country Club, Chengdu, on 17th November 2015. Fifteen players representing the majority of Swire's Mainland China operating companies took part in the tournament. The competition commenced in the afternoon, following a half-day warm-up round and finished at 5 pm. Thomas Woolsey, Swire Properties' Senior Portfolio Officer – Taikoo Li Sanlitun was the winner, with Yi-Te Hung, General Manager, Swire Coca- Cola Beverages Jiangsu, as runner-up.

Japan
The Japan Scott Cup competition was held on 13th May 2015 at the usual venue of Narita Taiheiyo Club, with 31 players from the various Cathay Pacific outports. This year, the Japan players enjoyed a brilliant, fresh spring day for the local qualifier. The winner was Atsushi Goto, Financial Services Manager, Cathay Pacific Tokyo, with an excellent score of 32 points, and he went on to represent Japan in the Hong Kong final.

Taiwan
The Taiwan Scott Cup golf tournament took place on 19th October 2015 at the Changgung Golf Club in Taoyuan County (about a 40-minute drive from Taipei City). This year, a total of 24 players took part in the competition, with representatives from Cathay Pacific Airways, Dragonair, Swire Coca-Cola Taiwan, Taikoo Motors and Swire Travel. This year's champion was Taikoo Motors Branch Manager – Audi, Willy Chen, who received his trophy from Swire group Taiwan Chairman, Ian Shiu, at the award dinner after the competition. Prizes were also presented for Nearest to the Pin and the Longest Drive.

Papua New Guinea
A small but enthusiastic group attended the Royal Port Moresby Golf Club on 14th January, to compete in the Scott Cup qualifier for the right to represent PNG at the final in Hong Kong. The field also included a number of players who were competing for the Nathan Swain Memorial trophy, in memory of former employee, Nathan Swain, who lost his life in the Bali bombing.

After 18 holes, last year's winner, Noel Richards of Pacific Palms Properties, was tied with David Toua, Steamships General Manager, Corporate Affairs, on 37 stableford points; but Noel eventually won the trophy and place in the Hong Kong final on a countback. The Nathan Swain Memorial competition produced a similar result, with Sam Blackwood and Peter Keel – both of Consort Express Lines – tying with a score of 42 points. Tournament officials awarded in favour of Blackwood, with Keel taking the Don Harvey trophy for best individual score of the day. Hahane Aroma of Pacific Palms Properties showed great potential and his score saw him win the Encouragement Award. Congratulations and thanks are in order to all who played.

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