The GIS Dragons Golf Team competed in the 2012 SEASAC Golf Tournament hosted by Ruamrudee International School (RIS) in Bangkok from 24-26 November 2012.
The sprightly young team flew to Bangkok on a wet stormy Saturday morning and upon arrival were whisked from the airport onto the parklands of the Bangpakong Riverside Country Club (BRCC). After a quick lunch, we made our way to the first tee box where we got our first glimpse of the wide fairways with numerous palm trees and lakes. It was 2.20pm by the time we got to tee off on the scheduled practice round. Shortly after 2 hours, heavy torrential rain swept in and play was called off. Our players only managed to play 3 holes; but none of the teams that flew in a day earlier even managed to complete their rounds. The teams then endured another long arduous bus journey back to the hotel. After checking in at the hotel and a short team briefing, everyone dined in in the comfort of their own rooms.
A sumptuous breakfast buffet awaited us the next morning and each and every team member was in high spirits. On arrival at BRCC, they hopped into action; some making their way to the driving range while others chose the putting green. There was a meeting for all the coaches to discuss various tournament rulings and regulations; after which the official opening ceremony commenced with a group photo of all the 88 participants from 10 schools from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Yangon.
It was a 2-point start with 12 flights on Hole 1 and 12 flights on Hole 10. The GIS Dragons got off to a good start, all the long hours of practice at their KLGCC home course, finally paid off. Our youngest players had their swings and drives put to the test having to tee off from the long blue tees; but each enjoying the challenges ahead and the opportunity to meet and learn from the more experienced players in their flight.
If you were unlucky enough to find the water hazards, which were abundant all around the course; do look out for the golf ball diver who will waste no time in diving straight in to retrieve your ball!
After 5 hours of play, dangerous and inclement weather put paid to Day 1 of the tournament, with possibly only less than 10 flights completing the full 18 holes. It was unfortunate as Min Li, who did finish the round, had returned her scorecard recording her own personal tournament best of 88!
As the tournament could not be completed, the organizing committee decided that the coaches would have to select their players for the respective Championship and Handicap flights based on the completed 9-hole score.
The next morning proved to be the real test as it was a 4.30am wake-up call with breakfast at 5am. Arriving at BRCC at 6.30am, the Draw List indicated a shotgun start from Holes 1-10. With the earliest of starts now, it was hoped that the whole
tournament would be completed as all teams were departing for the airport for their flights home the same evening.
Phavindra and Wei Keat went out in the Handicap flight, with assigned handicaps of 24 each and finished well with a nett score of 73 and 78 respectively.
Jack, Shaun, Shanker and Haymandhra went out in the Championship flight, and had all their skills tested in keeping pace with all the older and experienced players in their flights. The boys shot 98, 113, 116 and 135 respectively, returning an overall team score of 462. A commendable effort for their first major outing!
Min Li and Sophia stayed positive and continued all their good efforts to keep up with their stronger opponents. The girls shot 97 and 126 respectively, to return an overall team score of 223; placing them in 6th position out of 8 teams.
This was Min Li’s second SEASAC Golf tournament and this year she has managed to achieve a Top 6 finish in the Girls’ Championship flight.
We would like to thank our coach Mr Mike Moss for all his advice and encouragement and all the parents too for their wonderful support.
Congratulations to the GIS Dragons Golf Team! It is hoped that all of you have returned from this tournament with a wealth of experience which will stand you in very good stead! Each of you has displayed the tenacity, commitment and passion for the game and the future of golf looks very bright at GIS!