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2013 ECCT-ICRT International Charity Golf Cup

On 19 April 12 teams comprising ECCT members and supporters of the international community took part in the 10th consecutive annual International Charity Golf Cup co-organized by the ECCT and International Community Radio Taiwan (ICRT) at the Royal Kuan Hsi golf club in Hsinchu County. Funds raised from sponsors and a portion of players' registration fees were donated to Community Services Center, a Taipei-based charity.

Dark clouds and heavy rain on the way to the course looked like they may put a dampener on things but by the time players had arrived at the course, the rain had stopped and it remained dry for the rest of the day. Given the threatening weather, few players besides the charity cup golfers came out, which meant that they had the course virtually to themselves for the entire round, a rare occurrence in Taiwan, where golf courses are invariably full.

The leisurely pace, beautiful layout and scenery surrounding the Kuan Hsi course, coupled with great company made for a very enjoyable day for all. Moods were further boosted by a scrumptious breakfast provided by the American Club at the start of play and free drinks provided by the sponsors out on the course.

After the game, players gathered on the balcony of the club house for a few more drinks at the 19th hole before retiring for lunch in the club house. After lunch, ECCT Vice Chairman Godwin Chang, took to the stage together with ICRT CEO Tim Berge and Neil Whitehead, representing Audi (the Silver Sponsor) to present a cheque to Adam McMillan, Director of the Community Services Center. McMillan went on to thank the sponsors, organisers and players for their support. Then it was time for the prize-giving ceremony.

Competition was intense and there was very little separating the best teams at the top of the leader board.
In the team competition, which used a Texas Scramble format with handicaps, the team from Siemens edged out the second-best team by just one stroke to take first place with a net score of 53. Two teams were tied on 54 so a count-back had to be used to determine that JTI had pipped Bayer at the post to take second spot. The ICRT team, who were in the running for a record fourth highest score (and the Most Golf prize), were "beaten" this year by the team from Evonik Degussa. Prizes were also awarded for golfing prowess on selected holes – nearest the pin and longest drives contests. While Audi had offered a car as a prize for a hole-in-one on hole # 12, no one managed a perfect fluke on the day. However, the golfer who came closest, Frank Chen from the Jardine Matheson team, was given the consolation prize of a week-long test trial of a new Audi.

To add a bit of fun, some alternative awards were also presented. Steven Parker was presented with matching his and hers sunglasses for being the "coolest" player. The Honey team, made up of players from the International Golf Society of Taipei, were awarded the prize for the best-dressed team. Finally, Weston Hsu from Jardine Matheson was given a prize for being the "nicest guy" in the tournament.