Ghana crowned their excellent performance at the World Corporate Golf Challenge 2018 with a top ten position on final day of play with five birdies.
Thailand represented by Pim Surintarangoul and Paul Judge won the 25th Anniversary Edition of the World Corporate Golf Challenge World Final in Cascais, Portugal with a total of 145 points. Other countries in the top ten include Portugal, China, Pakistan, France, Paraguay, India, Russia and Japan.
Japan were the toast of the tournament with their unique play, Team Japan were represented by their national champions All Nippon Airways represented by their Boeing 787 Pilot duo of Hiraku Aoki and Takayuki Wada.
Other African countries that performed well at the tournament were Morocco, Namibia, Angola and Mauritius.
The performance of the WCGC Ghana Champions Meprolim Ghana Limited duo of MajdiJoher and Barry Dzadey was an improvement of the 2017 performance, which was Ghana’s maiden participation. Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce Ghana, Emmanuel Doni-Kwame licence holders for Ghana explains.
A full week of business networking, emotions and competition. This is what was experienced during the 25th edition of the WCGC World Final, the culmination of the world’s largest network of corporate golf days, where the National Winners came to Cascais to compete.
Executives from companies around the world represented both their company and country. The ‘Road to Cascais’ was the result of more than 150 events throughout more than 40 countries.
Although all teams competed valiantly to become World Corporate Champions, there could only be one winning team lifting the trophy at the end of the week (designed and produced by Vista Alegre). In last year´s edition, that honour fell to the team from China.
The team from Thailand arrived nice and early in Cascais, allowing them to get in a few early practice rounds before the other world finalists arrived.
On day one Thailand were paired with the Czech Republic and got off to solid start scoring 65 points lying in joint 3rd place behind China on 68 points and Portugal the home team and favourites on 73 points.
Day two saw Thailand paired with France in the 3rd from last group, knowing they needed to get off to a fast start they came out flying and gained on leaders Portugal. By the 16th hole Thailand were in the lead. Coming down the 18th the team knew they would probably need four points to clinch it, and Judge, greenside in three shots, played an unbelievable shot from the waste bunker and holed the putt for his five.
With China out of the picture and Portugal needing a birdie and par down the last to tie, which proved too much it meant that Thailand had overcame an eight-shot defecit to win the World Corporate Golf Challenge Final by two shots. Their remarkable score of 80 Stableford points as pair, a score never been hit before in 25 years of the WCGC finals
The WCGC Sports Legends Cup was organized during the tournament to raise funds the ScholasOccurrentes Foundation. Two teams captained by two sports legends Ricardo Pereira, former Portuguese national team goal keeper and Eddie Polland, former Ryder Cup player and Spanish Open winner competed to raise funds for the foundation.
Scholas Occurrentes is an initiative by Pope Francis I, which is aimed at promoting education, sports and culture for young people.
Other sports legends who participated were Chester Williams-Rugby, Abdelatif Benazzi-Rugby, Jorge Andrade-Football, Carlos Xavier-Football, Giovane Gavio- Volleyball, Barry Anderson Richards-Cricket and others.
Commenting on the success of the event, José Guerra, chairman of the WCGC, said: “We are delighted to bring the World Final to the spectacular coast of Lisbon and in particular to Cascais which offers beaches, quaint villages and pristine forests.
WCGC past winners include Lu Ying Assets China 2017, Yuzhou Wine China 2016, Ramish Swiss Watches India 2015, Pyrit Project Management Sweden 2014, Rolls Royce Scotland 2013.