SPH Confident of Top 10 Placing at the End (BT)
CONFIDENT of a top 10 placing when The Business Times Corporate Golf League concludes next month, the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) team is currently lying in a respectable joint 12th position with Deloitte on the ladder after three rounds.
'The standard of play is exceptionally high so we are okay where we are, although we would ideally like to be in the top 10 at this stage of the league,' says team captain Geoff Tan, senior vice-president, head, Strategic Marketing.
'The team is commendable,' he adds. 'Adrian Tan in the last round at SICC's Sime Course started his round badly, carding six over in the first four holes but then he stormed in with two under over the remaining 14 holes to put in a score of 39 points. He's our hero by far!'
The SPH team's other members include English Malay Newspaper Divisions editor-in-chief Patrick Daniel, together with colleagues Tony Mallek, chief financial officer, and senior group account managers Alfred Lee and Timothy Lim. Business partners Mike Rich, CEO AP, Entertainment Sports & Partnerships, GroupM; Adrian Tan, chairman, Ace:Daytons Advertising (Int'l) Pte Ltd; and Michael Ng, managing director, Savills (Singapore) Pte Ltd make up the eight.
One of the main reasons for SPH taking part in the league is that The Business Times is one of their key publications. According to Geoff, it also accords SPH the opportunity to network with key newsmakers and advertisers. 'The standard of play has been exceptional overall and what we've enjoyed most about playing in the league has been meeting new folks,' he says, adding, 'Surprises have included performances from teams which we have never heard of. The team to beat this year must be the amphibious creature they call Big Fish!'
In preparation for next week's round at SICC's Island course, Geoff has an interesting strategy in place. 'We all need to think 'cow-grass' and avoid playing like cows!'