There were plenty of reasons why the bulthaup June Stableford Tournament, held on 19 June, was heavily oversubscribed weeks before the entry deadline. A midweek round over the perfectly manicured and scenic Discovery Bay layout was naturally at the top of list, but the sheer enjoyable nature of the stableford format was undoubtedly another.
Stableford is fun – unlike regulation stroke play where every shot counts, in this version of the game you can get away with the odd “blowup” without it ruining either your score or your day.
Certainly YB Rai and Christy Chong would agree. The duo finished as leaders of the respective packs: Rai’s 29-point haul earning him the win in the men’s gross division, while up-and-coming junior Chong dominated her bracket, recording 30 points for a three-point margin of victory.
The ever-popular tournament was hosted for the first time by bulthaup, the leading German kitchen system manufacturer, who have announced that they will also be presenting the July Stableford Tournament, which will once again take place over the Lantau course on 19 July. Needless to say, this event won’t be suffering from a lack of popularity either.
Other notable performances on the day included Donald Tang’s total of 39 points, which earned him the silverware in the men’s nett division, and Melody Liang, who made a mockery of her handicap by bagging a quite astonishing 46 nett points to win the equivalent title in the ladies’ category.—Alex Jenkins
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