After a wild week in Sydney, we were blessed with sunshine and light winds. A perfect winter’s day.
Peter Vainio, from the Finland Australia Chamber of Commerce welcomed players at around 8:00am and introduced Moore Park Golf’s Barry Bradford who outlined the golfing arrangements. An Audi was on offer for each player who got a hole-in-one on the 10th, with a longest drive prize on offer on the 18th and nearest to the pin on the 5th. Players then formed groups of 3 or 4 all groups of players teed off simultaneously from different holes in a shotgun start.
A large support contingent started arriving at the Club House around 11:00am to welcome weary players who started arriving back at about 12:30pm. By the loudness of the conversation at our 19th hole celebration there were many stories of outstanding golf, skilful putting and remarkable drives.
Paul Crawford of Thailand Golf Tours presented the prize for longest drive to Matt Boardman, representing Norway. Then Geoff Stone of Finnair presented Mikael Samuelson, representing Sweden, with the prize for nearest to the pin. Finnair, together with Rapala, Fiskars, Thailand Golf Tours and Audi were all event sponsors.
As the day was drawing to a close, Ulf Varding from the Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce presented the prize for Net Score Female to Eriika Wathen, representing Finland, with a score of 29. Alan Chamberlain, representing Norway, with a score of 40 was awarded the prize for Net Score Male by Shane Herbert from the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce and Michael Dahlgren, representing Sweden, was awarded the prize for Scratch Male.
The Nordic Open trophy for team of the year went to Team Norway, comprising Alan Chamberlain, Johan Schyberg, John Candi and Matt McMillan with net scores of 40, 32, 32 and 31 respectively. The teams representing Denmark, Finalnd and Sweden have some work to do to win back the trophy next year.
Many thanks to all those involved in organising the event from the various chambers, the super friendly staff at Moore Park Golf and, of course, sponsors Rapala, Fiskars, Thailand Golf Tours, Audi and Finnair.
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