Date: Thursday, 21st July 2016
Time: 11.00am – 9.30pm
Venue: Island Course
Singapore Island Country Club
180 Island Club Road
The sun, the breeze and the pristine greens. This was what greeted the alumni who gathered at the Singapore Island Country Club for the Golf Reunion Challenge on 21 July 2016. Organised by the NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni (NUSBSMA), NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA) and MBA Alumni-NUS, and supported by GANO, the event provided a casual and fun-filled setting where friends and old classmates could get together and network over a friendly game of golf.
Spirits were high as participants joked over t-shirt sizes and reminisced about old times as they waited to register for the event. The sense of enthusiasm for the upcoming game was palpable from the excited chatter among the alumni. NUSBSA director Benn Ng (BBA 1989) even expressed his hopes that someone would score a hole-in-one this year. And with a total of 135 golfers and 35 flights, this year’s Golf Reunion Challenge promised to be an exhilarating one indeed.
The camaraderie continued as participants mingled over a hearty buffet lunch while waiting for the game to start. Among them was Mrs Kong Yuet Peng (MBA, 1986), who had attended every Golf Reunion Challenge. “I always look forward to these events as they are a great way for me to meet and catch up with old friends whom I’ve not seen for months or even years,” she shared. Mr Nigel Goh (BBA, 2011) agreed, adding that it was a welcome break from work. Yam Ah Mee (MBA, 1991) was another supporter and also a regular face at other alumni activities. Following a candid group shot of the alumni, the Golf Challenge was on!
The evening’s dinner was another highlight in itself. Emcee for the evening, Lee Ming Hui (BBA 2008), did a great job of keeping spirits raised and the audience engaged as they tucked into the sumptuous 8-course dinner. Chairperson for the Organising Committee Jordan Deng Jian Qiang (APEX MBA Chinese 2012) then took to the stage to thank all the sponsors for their gifts and applaud the hard work of the committee. Alumni took the opportunity between courses to mingle with friends on other tables, share jokes, and raise toasts. It was a rowdy affair with everyone in high celebratory spirits, the best sign of a successful event winding down to its close.
All too soon, it was time for the much- anticipated awards ceremony. Prizes were handed out for a range of novelty holes and handicap categories, including the Best Alumni Golfer Trophy and the coveted ‘Dean’s Cup’, which was presented to the triumphant NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni Association for the third year running! And with the many lucky draw prizes up for grabs, everyone was a winner that night. Alumni walked away with exciting prizes from sponsors including Akira, Cornerstone Wine, Chivas and Outdoor Sports Travel.
For the championship’s individual categories, both Hon Ah Sun (MBA, 1985) and Chua Hung Meng (BBA, 1981), who are avid golfers and staunch supporters of the Golf Reunion Challenge, claimed the top spot in the men’s division A and division B. Xu Yan (APEX MBA Chinese 2016) successfully took the top position in the women’s category.
As the event wound to a close, committee member Colin Chow (BBA 1981) summed up the day perfectly, saying: “Through these activities, we help our alumni get together and stay in touch. But more importantly, we support the school and keep the NUS Business School spirit strong.”
Congratulations to all who took part in the Golf Challenge and our thanks to everyone present for helping to make it one of the calendar highlights of the year!
Our deepest appreciation to BHCC, Itochu Singapore, Feng Qing Yang Brand Management, JCS Group and Jordans Elevator for their cash sponsorship. A special thanks also to Lexus for once again sponsoring the hole-in-one car.