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The Yak Magazine Golf Community Cup at Bali National Golf Course. What a day!

One hundred and thirty two players – a course record for a single tournament – 18 sponsors and one helicopter marked the third annual golf day by The Yak at Bali National Golf Course on April 29.

The event started with players arriving for registration (some supremely decked out in full costume) and congregating on the club house terrace for a chipping competition onto the 18th green (sponsored by Freixenet and Rip Curl School Of Surf) before the Sky Tours helicopter arrived on the fairway with our guest of honour Miss Indonesia 2017, Achintya Nielsen, who was presented with a Jyoti Scarf from Biasa and a pair of pearl earrings from Atlas South Sea Pearls. A little selfie action later and players gathered for the official event photograph and a rules briefing by BNGC GM Mark Holland.

The action then moved to the car park where waiting caddies and carts were led out onto the course by a black Ferrari and latest model Jaguar courtesy of Nadia Graha Auto. On the tees, the golf started in earnest.

BNGC is a tricky course with beautiful fairway turf leading to some devilishly difficult greens, although fortunately the groundsman had been kind with the tee placements for our event. There was also plenty of other action on the course, with Albens Cider providing chilled bottles at the halfway house along with King Kebab, who supported with delicious fare.

Three holes boasted prizes for nearest to the pin, with prizes for both men and women. Hole 4 for the ladies was backed by Da Maria with a Rp1 million voucher and Motel Mexicola, also with a similarly sized voucher. The men’s prize was sponsored by Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort with a two night stay in a deluxe ocean room.

Nearest the Pin on Hole 6 for the ladies was sponsored by Karma Reef Gili Meno with a three night stay and for the men by The Sintesa Jimbaran with a two night stay. Hole 17 was sponsored by The Ungasan Clifftop Resort and Sunday’s Beach Club, with a two night stay in a one bedroom villa. Hole in One here was sponsored by Emirates Airlines. All on course banners were fabulously sponsored by Supaprint.

Longest drive – again sponsored ably by Oakley, with the prize of a set of hi-tech golf glasses for both men and women – took place on Hole 7, with players donning the glasses first before taking a swing.

With the golf complete, players moved once again to the terrace for the awards ceremony, where they were greeted by Bali’s best burgers, courtesy of The Butcher’s Club Bali, an amazing live paella cooking event by El Kabron and El Merkat (together with some incredible tapas); more Albens Cider, Plaga Wine, and fantastic goodie bags from BASK on Gili Meno, a new frontier for tropical escapes.

Further love was given to our winners by Freixenet Cava from Spain, Deus Ex Machina, RipCurl, and Philip Lakeman Ceramics, who designed and produced our trophies and the Leadbetter Golf Academy. After a great dinner and party, with the final Community Shield award going to the boys from Team King Kebab, players were on their way with a Yak goodie bag containing our magazine – of course – as well as a towel by Balifus, some Sensatia lip balm and discount vouchers for gold lessons at the Leadbetter Academy.

“It was such a pleasure to see so many smiling faces on the course, and such a privilege to enjoy great sponsorship from so many people. We look forward to our next event at Bali Handara later in the year and to further events in the years to come,” said The Yak Magazine representative Sophie Digby.


And the winners were:

Best Dressed Team: The Scots (winning Freixenet Cava and Deus T-Shirts).

Chipping Competition Runner Up: Peter Manz (77cm from the pin and winning a bottle of Freixenet Cava).

Chipping Competition Winner: Luke Metcalf (7cm from the pin and winning Rip Curl Kite Surfing Vouchers and a Rip Curl T-shirt).

Nearest To The Pin Hole 4 Ladies: Chelsea Guy (66cm from the pin and winning vouchers from Da Maria and Motel Mexicola).

Nearest To The Pin Hole 4 Men’s: Casper (340cm winning two nights at Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort).

Nearest To The Pin Hole 6 Ladies’: Yulia Tori (500cm winning three nights at Karma Reef).

Nearest to the Pin Hole 6 Men’s: Jim McIntosh (252cm winning two nights at The Sintesa Jimbaran).

Nearest The Pin Hole 17: David Jones (150cm winning two  nights at The Ungasan Clifftop Resort).

Longest Drive Hole 7 Ladies’: Yulia Tori (195 yards) and for the Men’s Goson S. (280 yards). Both won Oakley glasses.

Best Junior Player: Luke Metcalf (RipCurl School of Surf Wake Lessons, Hat and T-shirt.

Best Lady Player: Julia Tori.

Best Male Player: Steve Cain (Freixenet Cava, RipCurl watch).

Best Flight Gross (334 Stableford points): Nyoman Susila, Gede Mahendra, Sonny Triharyono, Ngurah Suartika (Freixenet Cava, Deus T-Shirts).

Best Flight (average 37 Stableford points):  Team Candaan: Iwan Sugiharjo, Sunny Samuel, Iwan Siregar,. Nanda Sendiawan (Freixenet Champagne) and Deus T-Shirts.

Best Communty and Overall Winners (average Stableford points of 43): Team King Kebab, (winning a heli-golf Sky Tours trip by Bali Adventure Tours to Bali Handara, Freixenet Cava and Deus T-Shirts). The winning team will also have their names engraved on The Yak Magazine Community Shield!