Cedric Bourdy in a class of his own

Bank of Singapore golfer bags eagle, three birdies for individual honours as Tea Party claim team perch.

An eagle and three birdies saw Cedric Bourdy take the individual honours in the first leg of the Business Times Corporate Golf League at the Singapore Island Country Club's Island course on Thursday.

On a perfect day for golf with the sun taking occasional peeps from behind the clouds, Bourdy stole the limelight with a one-over 73 score that converted to 41 stableford points.

Playing for Bank of Singapore, he drew loud applause when the 100-over diners at the function room heard that he was also a cousin of former French No 1 Gregory Bourdy, who played in three Majors and was a four-time winner on the European Tour.

The slim, bearded six-handicapper who hails from Bordeaux was in a class of his own as he hit his driver and eight iron to about 10 feet and sank the putt on the 402-metre par-five 11th.

But his brilliant effort could not propel Bank of Singapore to the fore in the 12-team competitive league as they amassed 99 points on the best-three- to-count format for eighth position.

The team honours went to Tea Party (Centurion) who totalled 111 points to lead the Crane Boomers and Team Boustead by five points.

The 31-year-old Bourdy, who took up the game when he was four, also bagged the Nearest-To-Pin prize on Hole 5 which won him a Vokey Design SM6 Wedge, sponsored by Titleist.

Eugene Ooi won the Hugo Boss Longest Drive prize on Hole 4 with a hefty 254-metre whack, just a metre ahead of Mike Kerr.

Third was Ivan Chua on 246 metres.

The True Colobro Golfers emerged the Best Social Team with 106 points on countback, helped by Mike Seah's 37 points that made him the Best Social Golfer.honours.

Patrick Daniel, the deputy chief executive officer of Singapore Press Holdings, welcomed the participants for the eighth edition of the popular event and thanked the host of sponsors, namely Audi, Macallan, Banyan Tree, Boustead, Centurion, DHL and Tat Hong.

Other winners: Nearest To Pin (Hole 18): Mike Seah; Drive to Macallan Flag: Corinne Ng and Koh Teng Kiat.

BT Golf