Golf

Lee Tian Beng's talent and luck take him top

The Shipping World Logistics GM enjoys Lake outing with 74; Team Boustead move into top spot

When asked what makes him a good golfer, Lee Tian Beng simply replied: "I'm talented."

Singapore Press Holdings' deputy chief executive officer Patrick Daniel, who shared the stage with the winner of the individual event in the second leg of The Business Times Corporate Golf League, was impressed by the short answer.

Asked to elaborate, Lee, who won the FJ Player of the Round award, was honest in his reply, stating: "Of course, you need a bit of luck in golf."

The general manager of maritime and freight forwarding company Shipping World Logistics combined both talent and luck to shoot a two-over 74 for 39 stableford points to stand tall at the Raffles Country Club on Wednesday.

On the fabulous Lake Course, Lee, 45, bagged three birdies on the first, ninth and 10th holes to edge out first-leg winner Cedric Bourdy on countback for the honour.

Lee, representing Team SunMoon, played off an 8.3 handicap index, and when told that his handicap would be cut for the next leg, the frank Lee replied: "I won't be in the team for the next round."

A winner of the Audi Singapore leg, which rewarded him with a trip to Tenerife to represent Singapore in the World Finals, Lee has been playing golf for 20 years.

The Seletar Country Club and National Service Resort and Country Club member praised the BT League, saying: "It's a great event, bringing friends in the business and corporate world together to enjoy the fun and camaraderie in a competitive spirit."

His top score enabled Team SunMoon to move up from 10th spot to seventh in the 12-team competitive league with 204 points, 11 behind new leaders Team Boustead, which also bagged 109 points in the second leg.

Team Boustead are only a point ahead of The Crane Boomers (108 points on Wednesday) and two adrift of first-leg leaders Centurion (102 points).

Thanks to Bourdy's 39 points, Bank of Singapore, which chalked up the second leg's top score of 112 points, moved up to fourth place from eighth on 211 points.

William Tay of Team Boss claimed the Hugo Boss Longest Drive on Hole 6 with 250 metres, four metres shy of the booming drive by Eugene Oei during the first-leg at the SICC Island Course.

The best social golfer was Anthony Wan of U One Kiss (SPH Radio) with 37 points on countback while TM Double Cask Drivers returned the best team score with 102 points.

The third of the six-leg series will be held at Seletar Country Club on Aug 3.

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