Uncles and 'kids' gel to finish second

GLORY FOR COUNTRY: (Clockwise from far left, back row): Tan Horng Chiang, WGC Senior Adviser (worldwide) Sazali Bava, Cody Lim, David Seow, Ko Yeo, team captain Timothy Lim and Sushminder Singh. - PHOTO: COURTESY

They came from all walks of life, and were strangers before flying off together to South Africa.

But the Singapore team at the World Golfers Championship in Durban, South Africa - comprising Cody Lim, Sushminder Singh, Ko Yeo, Tan Horng Chiang and David Seow - combined well together to finish second in the team event.

The quintet carded a nett score of 1,149 after taking into account their various handicaps, to finish behind winners South Africa (1,137). The United States were third with 1,153.


The Republic had won the team event in the tournament in Florida, United States, in 2008.

Said Seow, who won the Division E (20.5-25.4 handicap) individual title: "Since the first day, we have been separated as a team during the games but, every time the team captain (Timothy Lim) gathers us together after our rounds, we would automatically become chatty.

"It was so weird to have uncles and us 'kids' together in a team, but the funny thing is we all became very close, sharing a drink together at the end of each day.

"The uncles' humour would relax us, while our skill in finding wi-fi hot spots were essential for them!

"This support was very important, especially since we are so far away from our own families and friends."

Lim, 22, finished 17th in Division A (0-5.4) with a nett 315, while Sushminder, a 43-year-old prison officer, was tied for seventh in Division B (5.5-10.4) with 298.

Ko, 65, a constructive engineering director, finished joint-ninth in Division C (10.5-15.4) with a nett score of 296, while Tan, 57, an army supplies proprietor, was tied for 13th in Division D (15.5-20.4) with 308.

Seow said: "I didn't expect to win at the individual level. Together with the rest, I was just gunning to play well and win something for the team event.

"We were all very happy getting second, we had drinks at the bar and I went to bed only at 2.30am!"