Flight of fancy
Sime Darby LPGA

They were not paying attention when the results were announced, but suddenly they heard their names called as winners. What a surprise!

First time playing in the pro-am of the Sime Darby LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Malaysia and this trio walked away winners.

Meet Datuk Kevin Yong Heng Loong, handicap 16, MD of English Hotbreads (Sel) Sdn Bhd, together with Datuk George Ting Yew Tong, handicap 22, owner of Domino’s Pizza Malaysia and Frank Lim, handicap 20, of Juru Ukur Bahan Consult Sdn Bhd. The pro they played with — Marina Alex of the US, ranked 48 in the Rolex standings.

“She’s very good,” gushed Yong. “She made life easy for us because the way she play went — she drove off the tee, beating our drives all the way and what we only had to do from that point on was play our second shots (from where her ball was).

Play was according to a modified Texas Scramble that saw the best of the foursome efforts in holing out being taken into account. If one of them had a birdie on a par-4 and it happened to be a stroke hole, it was a nett eagle. If just a par, it was counted as a birdie.

In the end, after 18 holes, the group scored a fabulous 19-under. “We took full advantage of the four par-3s,” said Yong.

Recounting their drives, he said, at best, their drives were 210m to 220m, while the pro drove 240m-250m. She was on the green in regulation mostly.

“We did not expect to win, but with our high handicaps on some holes, we had two strokes. It helped that we didn’t blow any hole.

“We were not paying attention when the results were announced, but suddenly we heard our names called as winners. What a surprise!” For prizes, they received a TaylorMade’s set of irons, Ecco’s shoes and a Selangor Pewter trophy.

It was Pepsi (the drink that goes with Domino’s) that sponsored their flight.