The Fi­nal Chap­ter

Raf­fles Coun­try Club’s Char­ity Golf Open 2017

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - STORY BY KEN LYE PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF RAF­FLES COUN­TRY CLUB

Raf­fles Coun­try Club (“RCC”) held its last ever an­nual char­ity golf open over the first week­end of July 2017. This was a fit­ting swan­song for this beloved club, which will see its land ac­quired in July 2018 for the High Speed Rail and Trans-Is­land MRT De­pot. Over the club’s 30-year plus his­tory, the two Robert Trent Jones II de­signed cour­ses, the Lakes Course and the Palm Course, have contributed to the vi­brancy of the Sin­ga­pore golf­ing scene. The cham­pi­onship Palm Course has notably hosted the Asian PGA Cham­pi­onship in 1997 and 1998, and the Asian De­vel­op­ment Tour’s Player’s Cham­pi­onship in Jan­uary 2016.

Some 550 golfers par­tic­i­pated and did their bit for char­ity over the 2-day event, which had Sin­ga­pore’s Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Thar­man Shan­mu­garat­nam and Emer­i­tus Se­nior Min­is­ter, Goh Chok Tong as Guests-of-Hon­our, and Mr Lim Boon Heng as a Spe­cial Guest grac­ing the event.

Dur­ing the din­ner pre­sen­ta­tions on both evenings, auc­tions were held for items to fur­ther raise money for RCC’s char­i­ta­ble causes. The main items were two Sar­car Swiss lux­ury time­pieces that fetched gen­er­ous bids of S$20,000 and S$28,000 at the two din­ners.

In­clud­ing the auc­tion pro­ceeds, RCC Char­ity Open’s Fi­nal Chap­ter raised a to­tal of S$475,631. The amount raised

will sup­port nu­mer­ous char­i­ta­ble causes which in­cludes St An­drew’s Autism Cen­tre, Kid­ney Dial­y­sis Foun­da­tion, Hand­i­caps Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion, Sin­ga­pore As­so­ci­a­tion of the Vis­ually Hand­i­capped, So­ci­ety for the Aged Sick and 11 schools in the Jurong area.

Since the first Raf­fles Char­ity Open un­til this 27th and fi­nal ini­tia­tive, RCC has raised close to S$8.5 mil­lion for var­i­ous char­i­ties. In the event’s sou­venir book, Emer­i­tus Se­nior Min­is­ter Goh Chok Tong ac­knowl­edged the club’s no­ble con­tri­bu­tions in his mes­sage say­ing, “RCC has been giv­ing back to so­ci­ety with its an­nual Raf­fles Char­ity since 1990. This is in­deed com­mend­able. It re­flects the gen­er­ous side of golfers. They do not just chase af­ter pars and birdies but also strive to help the less for­tu­nate through their dona­tions and in the name of golf.”

Mr Paul Singh, Pres­i­dent of RCC thanked spon­sors and par­tic­i­pants for sup­port­ing the club’s fi­nal char­ity event. Rec­og­niz­ing RCC mem­bers to be kind­hearted and gen­er­ous when it comes to giv­ing to the needy, Mr Singh urged them to sup­port golf char­ity events at other golf clubs or other char­ity events even af­ter the clo­sure of the club, and to “keep the RCC spirit of giv­ing back to so­ci­ety go­ing for­ever”.

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