May 2019
Scott Cup 2019

The 70th Scott Cup competition took place at the Shek O Golf and Country Club on Friday 18th January 2019. The Scott Cup was first presented in 1950 by John Scott, a Director of JS&S, who would no doubt be delighted to see this event still flourishing. The Alethea Scott Rose Bowl trophy for ladies was first presented by his wife, Alethea, in 1964, while the Taikoo Cup – for the leading score achieved by a Hong Kong-based player – was introduced by Swire group Chairman, Sir John Swire, in 1973.

There were eight overseas winners playing in the Scott Cup this year, from Mainland China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, New Zealand, the UK, the USA and the Middle East and one overseas winner, Eunice Korir from Kenya, competing in the Rose Bowl. Together with 53 entrants from Hong Kong, this meant that the competition had one of the strongest fields for many a year.

As a result, the standard of scoring was high. The winner of the Scott Cup, with a very commendable Stableford score of 41 points off a handicap of 14, was Colin Sien of Cathay Pacific. The runner-up was Tom Woolsey from Swire Properties, Mainland China, with a score of 39 points off a handicap of three. Those who understand a little bit about golf and the intricacies of the Stableford scoring system will immediately appreciate that Tom shot a gross score of level par – no mean feat around a tricky golf course like Shek O. Such finesse certainly puts Tom in the running to be a future winner of the Scott Cup!

The winner of Scott Cup, Colin Sien from Cathay Pacific receives the trophy from Augustus Tang.
The winner of Scott Cup, Colin Sien from Cathay Pacific receives the trophy from Augustus Tang.

Kelvin Ng from Swire Properties wins the Taikoo Cup.
Kelvin Ng from Swire Properties wins the Taikoo Cup.

The Taikoo Cup went to Kelvin Ng of Swire Properties with a score of 38 points – again a good enough score to win the Scott Cup in most years.

The winner of the Alethea Scott Rose Bowl was Vera Yuen, with a score of 34 points, closely followed by runner-up, Chrissie Rhodes, with 32 points.

Vera Yuen (left), spouse of Cathay Pacific Catering Services staff, receives the Rose Bowl trophy from Mrs. Healy.
Vera Yuen (left), spouse of Cathay Pacific Catering Services staff, receives the Rose Bowl trophy from Mrs. Healy.

Mark Celenk from Cathay Pacific receives the Award for Sportsmanship from Pat Healy.
Mark Celenk from Cathay Pacific receives the Award for Sportsmanship from Pat Healy.

The winner of the Men’s Longest Drive was the Scott Cup Champion himself, Colin Sien. The Men’s Nearest the Pin on Hole Number 4 was won by Yan Ming Hoi of Cathay Pacific and on Hole 17 by Y.M. Leung of Swire Properties. The Award for Sportsmanship (better known as the Wooden Spoon) went to Mark Celenk of Cathay Pacific – and possibly not for the first time!

The Ladies’ Nearest the Pin Prize on Hole Number 4 was won by Sumiko Nakano from Cathay Pacific and on Hole Number 17 by Elizabeth Mathison. The Ladies’ Longest Drive competition was won, by some margin, by popular East African Champion, Eunice Korir.

The Men’s Prizes were presented by the Chief Executive of HAECO, Augustus Tang and the MD of Swire Coca-Cola, Pat Healy. The Ladies’ prizes were presented by Mrs. Healy. A spectacular buffet dinner, provided by EAST Hotel, followed at the Shek O bungalow – guaranteeing that there will be a strong field again in 2020!

Congratulations to all the winners; the 71st playing of the Scott Cup and 57th playing of the Rose Bowl will take place at the Shek O Golf Club on 17th January 2020.

Reports from the regional qualifiers

The UK Scott Cup qualifier was held on 13th June 2018 at the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club. The course was in glorious condition and proved a true test of golfing skill. The hot, dry weather did mean that many were wilting by the end of the round – though quickly recovered during the after-match socialising. The winner was Cain Atkinson, closely followed by Peter Whitwham and Gavin Watt in second and third place respectively, meaning a clean sweep for Finlays. Prizes were also awarded for big hitting Scott Hutchinson for the Longest Drive and accurate Grant Beattie for Nearest the Pin – both from Swire Oilfield Services.

Mainland China
The Swire Mainland China Scott Cup qualifier was held at Kunming Spring City on 14th September 2018. A total of 11 players joined the competition. The event started at 1:30 pm, after a warm-up round, and finished at 6:30 pm. Thomas Woolsey, Assistant Portfolio Manager, HKRI Taikoo Hui, was the winner, and Clarence Tai, Executive Vice President of Shanghai International Airport Services, was the runner-up.

The Japan Scott Cup qualifier, which was postponed due to closure of the Kansai International Airport by a typhoon, causing flooding and bridge damage, and closure of New Chitose Airport by an earthquake, eventually took place on 20th November 2018 at Raforet & Matsuo Golf Club. 20 players participated this year and the winner was Yuji Hori, Cathay Pacific’s Engineering Manager, from Osaka.

Southeast Asia
The Southeast Asian Scott Cup was held at the Singapore Island Country Club on 21st September 2018. This year’s winner was once again James Ong, Marketing Manager for China Navigation, who scored an impressive 39 Stableford points, playing off a handicap of 13. The Nearest the Pin prize was won by Nick Bury, also from China Navigation, who was the only player to get his ball onto the fringe of the green. The Longest Drive was won by Ron Mathison, Staff Director of JS&S (HK), who managed to produce his only decent drive on the hole that counted.

Scott Cup Taiwan 2018 took place on 15th November at the Miramar Golf Country Club in Taipei County. The weather was beautiful and a total of five teams – 16 players – took part, representing Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and Taikoo Motors.

This year’s champion was Johnny Yang from Cathay Pacific. Several prizes were also given away for Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive. Derrick Chan, Swire Pacific’s Director Trading & Industrial, thanked all the players for their participation and support for this event.

New Zealand
The inaugural New Zealand Scott Cup qualifier took place on 13th December 2018 at the Royal Akarana Golf Club. The weather was fantastic and players from three different groupings teed off without a hitch.

The beginners’ group had two players playing their first rounds of golf ever: Clive Pereira and Javed Shaikh, who made an admirable attempt at the game and heartily enjoyed themselves. Steve Chapman was the winner of the middle group, while the winner of the third group and overall champion was Mark Pirihi of Cathay Pacific, with a superb 34 points winning him the opportunity to represent New Zealand in Hong Kong.

North America
The North American Scott Cup was held on 17th August 2018 at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tim Franciscus-Timm from United States Cold Storage beat a field of 29 golfers from United States Cold Storage, Swire Coca-Cola USA, HAECO Americas, Swire Shipping and Cathay Pacific Cargo. Tim finished with a score of 39 points, followed by Andrew Kinross of Swire Coca-Cola with 37 points and Alex Pattison from Swire Shipping with 35 points.

The Scott Cup qualifier was held on 16th November at Kericho Golf Club, in the Rift Valley Province in western Kenya. There were 42 participants, who played in typically fine Kericho weather. The tournament was open to Finlays staff and Kericho Club golfers.

Eunice Korir from Finlays emerged as the winner with 39 points, playing off a handicap of 19. Chris Birgen was runner-up, while Wesley Bosuben and Sammy Kirui took third and fourth positions respectively.

Middle East
The Scott Cup Middle East qualifier took place on 8th December 2018 at the Trump International Golf Club, Dubai. Stuart Hunter of Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) won the qualifier with a handicap of seven and a net score of 40 points. Second was Donald Blake of SPO with a handicap of nine and 38 points, while Ryan Smith of SPO placed third with a handicap of 16 and 37 points.

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