Jewel Shim Huei Zi, Jemimah Wen-Xi Liew and Syahla Salsabilia of SMSA (KB) receiving the trophy from Nadia Lee Siew Hoon binti Abdullah, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education and accompanied by Richard Lindsay, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam during the Great Debate Final held at Dewan Raya, RTB last week
Jemimah receiving her Best Speaker trophy
I miss debating. Reminds me of my high school days. For the past few years, I have been witnessing debating competition among schools and this is a great platform for students as they will be equipped with current affairs and can be beneficial to their studies.
Last week, Sayyidina Ali Secondary School (SMSA) were crowned the champions of the Great Debate Competition 2018 organised by the British High Commission and Department of Co-Curriculum Education at the Ministry of Education with the support of CfBT. They beat PTES (Bengkurong Sixth Form Centre) in the finals. We used to hear of Maktab Sains (MS) and Maktab Duli (MD) of making to the finals but this year, it’s a different story.
SMSA won their last debate competition back in 2010/2011. So it was great to see them back in winning ways.
The guest of honour during the finals at Dewan Raya, RTB was Nadia Lee Siew Hoon binti Abdullah, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education. Also present was Richard Lindsay, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam.
Richard was full of praise for the students on their efforts and these are essential skills especially for the young students. This will also help them in the future for Brunei vision 2035 as the topic touches on Commonwealth issues where Brunei is part of it.
Stuart Lee, the chief adjudicator, praised the deliveries of the debaters and saw brighter futures for them. He advised for the finalists to also focus on more solid examples to justify their points.
The Great Debate Competition, supported by CfBT Education Services, is the first of its kind to be held in Brunei, a new milestone in the partnership between the Department of Co-Curriculum Education at the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam.
The competition carries the theme ‘The Commonwealth: Towards a Common Future’, reflecting the theme of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is expected to attend this April in the United Kingdom.
Richard Lindsay speaking to the debaters from PTES after the prize ceremony
Stuart Lee the chief adjudicator giving his remarks of the debate
Geraldine Ting, Ak Muhd Rulzaimi bin Pg Hj Ramlee and Jessilyn Teh Jing Ying representing PTES
Hello MD students who came to support the finals too
The winners with their mentors and coaches from SMSA
It was no surprise that ‘Overall Best Speaker’ of the Great Debate Competition went to Jemimah Wen-Xi Liew of SMSA and she shared that her team had less knowledge on Commonwealth and competition was a great platform for them to expand their knowledge. The SMSA team was grateful towards their coaches and teachers who guided them in terms of research and delivery.
The competition officially began on February 5 with preliminary rounds being held in several sessions at PTES. Among the other participating schools were Hassanal Bolkiah Arabic Boys Secondary School (SMALHB), Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (Maktab Sains), and Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College (Maktab Duli).
The Great Debate Competition additionally represented a chance to celebrate the UK and Brunei’s close educational ties to produce a future generation of dynamic leaders.
The competition is part of the Asean Great Education Campaign’s programme activities, organised by the British High Commission.
It aims to support the MoE’s push to cultivate an innovative and creative culture of learning; to empower, educate and provide a platform to help students be open-minded and develop communication and critical thinking skills that can be useful in university life and future careers; as well as provide recognition to participating students who exhibit excellence in their research and communication skills.
Ahmad Faez (Ezy) of Khalifa MMA was dominating in his division and crowned champion in the light weight division of The Palawan Amateur Boxing Competition 2017
Wan Farhan Hj Ibrahim also won his division last weekend
This was the first time I saw a real boxing competition in Brunei. Well, I did see one long time ago when I was still a little kid. Thanks to @pahlawanboxingbrunei for making this event a reality and there were surprisingly many entries (more than 50 boxers).
The event was dubbed The Palawan Amateur Boxing Competition 2017 and it was organised by Palawan Boxing Club. The boxers came from different local clubs in the Sultanate, namely Khalifa Mixed Martial Arts, Chainblock Gym, ATIM boxing, Wolfpack, Pahlawan Boxing Club, Abdul Rahman Boxing and 018 MMA to name a few.
I managed to catch Ahmad Faez (Ezy) of Khalifa MMA in action and wow, he was really solid as a boxer. All his matches and even the finals forced his opponents to retirement. He was solid from start to finish and dominated in the light heavyweight division. The best performer of the tournament by far.
Another friend of mine Wan Farhan Hj Ibrahim won his respective final in the middle weight class. Well done, mate 🙂
For the rest of the news and results, you can check out Brusports stories.
Well done to the organizer on making this event possible. I hope to see more of boxing competition in Brunei. More room for growth indeed.
Quite a crowd that showed up at Sungkai Kebun Sports Complex
By the ropes
The participants and volunteers during the tournament
Ready for a fight
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One of Brunei’s toughest obstacle challenges, the Alpha Obstacle Challenge is a sure way to kick off your new year with a great WIN this 31st December 2017. Organized by D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd, it is a sure way to prove yourself tougher or challenge yourself. Challengers of the race will conquer all the obstacles in their paths based on their categories, ranging from 4 obstacles in a 2 km fun run to an 8 obstacle run in the 5 km challenge.
Obstacles are not that common in Brunei but has been very popular in regional countries. So it’s great to see an event management company coming up with similar theme. The idea of the Alpha Obstacle Challenge is to highlight the importance of teamwork and communication. Through the challenge, participants will learn to be a team player during the obstacle check points and this can be an important skill to have which will also uplift the team spirit.
Participants will be enjoy attractive race-kit that not only consists of the t-shirt and medal but it will also include a headband, wristband and most of all, an Under Armour coupon. There will be several activities for the runners to wind down and enjoy after the challenge. There will be a slip n slide, water balloons and food fiesta as part of the attractions.
A few more days for you to register if you are keen to be part of The Alpha Obstacle Challenge. You can register at www.thealphachallengebn.com. For those registering as a group (of 4 and above), you will to enjoy 10% of the registration as a team.
This event is supported by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and the event is in conjunction with the Brunei December Festival 2017. You can also follow updates on @thealphachallenge on Instagram or their Facebook Page.
You will get a 30% coupon off Under Armour footwear
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism in his welcoming remarks during the launch of brunei.events portal
The guest of honour with other stakeholders under Brunei Festival 2017
Who says that Brunei has nothing to offer especially during the holiday period? According to Yang Mulia Awang Wardi bin Hj Mohammad Ali, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism), Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, there are plenty of events to look forward to and not necessarily those who are traveling during the holidays will be away for the whole of December. Hence there are enough activities for the residents of Brunei Darussalam to enjoy from late November to December 2017.
Yesterday marked the launch of the www.brunei.events, a portal and application for tourism services for the general public as well as incoming tourists to be aware of any events in Brunei Darussalam. So what kind of events will be posted? There will be events such as roadshows, exhibitions, conferences, cultural activities, festivals and workshops. Just imagine it as the Time Out version of Brunei Darussalam.
The portal which will be available soon for mobile apps is a collaboration with Brunei Tourism Board, Progresif Cellular and Mixmediaworx.
The official launch took place at the Tourism Information Centre, Galeri Sini at the Royal Wharf and it was graced by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism.
Some of the main events lined up for December includes Brunei Film Blitz, Brunei E-Sports Tournament, Muslim Youth Camp, The Alpha Race, The Autofest, The Superwoman Run, Spotlight finals, Larian Festival Seni Belia Diri 2017, International Food Fair and not to forget the Bandarkuceria in all districts.
Wardi highlighted that this will be a yearly calendar for the upcoming Brunei December Festival. He hopes the objective of this event is to spur the growth of international tourist arrivals to Brunei Darussalam and also by having a yearly event, this will hope for a repeat participation from current vendors. Having these events in Brunei will also help to stimulate the domestic growth within the economy.
Also in attendance were Foreign Dignitaries
YB Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali bin Apong visited the organiser of the Superwoman Run slated for December
Siti Kaprawi briefing the minister on Larian Festival Seni Belia Diri 2017
Suherdy bin Suli, Managing Director of Andika Samudera Event Management will be organising a Hotwheel Bike and Car Show from 29th to 31st December
The BMW X5 cars will be the official car for Brunei Festival 2017
Traditional music is always soothing to the ears
How the portal looks like. Click image to find out more.
The national netball team in a group photo with HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah (8th L), the President of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BDNOC), after their match against the Philippines. Also pictured are HRH Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah (C) and YAM Pg Muda ‘Abdul ‘Aleem (8th R) and His Excellency Dato Paduka Haji Alaihuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Lela Dato Seri Utama Haji Awang Mohd Taha, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam in Kuala Lumpur. Image courtesy of Zam Hanafi
After coming off against two tough opponents, Singapore (37-62) and host Malaysia (64-27) in the netball competition, Brunei Darussalam’s netball team bounced back for a victory over Philippines 69-32 yesterday. The win over Philippines made a good chance for them to qualify for the semi-finals berth.
Philippines struggled to score and gave too many turnovers to their opponents while Brunei capitalised on every attacking opportunity. Nur Hafizah Hj Abdul Sidek who was rested during the first half, came on and led the team in the scoring department.
Athiyyah As’ad Mohd Jaafar, the vice-captain, competing in her second SEA Games, said she looked forward for their next opponent Thailand today (Thursday, 17th August). Their last meeting was back in Singapore 2015 in the SEA Games and Brunei lost by 5 points to Thailand. Today it will be a different story as Brunei wants to better their effort and what a best time to do it today at Juara Stadium, Bukit Kiara.
A win against Thailand will put them in a favourable position in the semi-finals and hope for a push in the finals.
Good luck to the netball team and hope to see you pretty soon this weekend 😀
Brunei Darussalam against Philippines at netball competition yesterday. Image taken from Kuala Lumpur 2017 website.
Brunei Darussalam against Philippines at netball competition yesterday. Image taken from Kuala Lumpur 2017 website.
Brunei appreciating their fans for their support. Image courtesy of Mizan.
Impressive start for Lukaku as a Red Devils
The hits and misses. It’s good to see the Premier League back in action and I only managed to catch two matches, bits and pieces as the TV coverage at the hotel in Medan was not as intensive as the ones on Astro. Nonetheless, I have my livescore to keep me up to date with the scores.
I know I would have expected Lukaku to perform well under Jose Mourinho and wow, did he just deliver a brace for his new club against West Ham United and finished with a convincing 4-0 scoreline. A team definitely to look out for and I only had Antonio Valencia of Manchester United as my only MU player in my Fantasy League. I’m still have that he earned points for having a clean sheet effort despite being cautioned.
The other players that succeeded in my first week are Sadio Mané and Álvaro Morata where both scored in the opening round. The only irony was that both teams failed to win their respective matches and the only consolation goes to Liverpool for drawing 3-3 while Chelsea suffered a shocking defeat at home to Watford 3-2. Don’t play-play ah especially under rated teams.
Other than Michael Keane of Everton being a good performer for my fantasy league, the rest of my players under performed.
Then again, it’s only the first week and still many points to play for.
The Premier League seems exciting once again as there are plenty of favourites to lift the trophy. Chelsea is still the team to beat regardless of the opening defeat. They will bounce back in a nick of time and let’s hope they give a good run in the top 4 spot.
The only that has been more than encouraging is Manchester United. Pogba is starting to enjoy much freedom as newly signed Matic is able to cover the gaps in midfield and giving Pogba more room to attack.
It was also great to see Rooney on the scoreboard too as he re-united with his old club Everton who narrowly beat Stoke FC. It shows that Rooney can still contribute to the fast paced Premier League.
The big hoohaa now is the negotiations between Coutinho and Liverpool club. Of course, I wouldn’t want to let this opportunity go as in keeping Coutinho for Liverpool as it is their best chance to be contending for the title.
Who are my predictions for the top 4? It will be another close fight now among defending champions Chelsea, Manchester City and maybe just maybe Manchester United. Liverpool will still be aiming for a top 4 finish with the squad they have (no offense) while Arsenal and Spurs could be fighting for the Champions League spot.
I’m hoping to see another “Leicester” in the Premier League. It will just add more dimension to an already challenging league. I’m also hoping to score at least 70 points in the EPL Fantasy League.
My result in the first week of Fantasy League
Jurumas – Champions of MK Group Cup 2017
Easyway, Easyway. Easy way. It was supposed to read three-peat in the headlines but it was not meant to be. Defending champions Easyway was dethroned by Juramas convincingly 113-99 in the final of the MK Group Cup aka Sultan’s Cup 2017 last Sunday.
Avery Scharer has been the man on fire in the tournament along with Justin Howard, both imports from Easyway. The former champions recorded the biggest scoring margin in the tournament when they beat CK & Associates 152-35 in the group stage. Avery even reached triple double scores during the semi-final game last Friday while Justin has been dominant on the boards averaging at least 20 rebounds and in the range of 30s for the points.
However, their efforts of 37 points (Justin) and 32 points (Avery) were not enough to topple the cohesive unit of Jurumas. Their opponent steamrolled in the first quarter and rushed to a 7-2 lead to set the pace. Even when Easyway found their way back to the game, Jurumas was very consistent in their field goal conversions.
It was not surprised that Jurumas closed the first quarter with a healthy lead of 36-24. It was the locals playing for Jurumas that made the difference. Efu (Aik Hock) and Esmond Tan had a very cohesive partnership while on court. The efficient Efu made some steals and created fast breaks which were converted successfully by Esmond.
The second quarter was a chance for Easyway to come back. They have the squad and the experience to do so. However, Jurumas’ game plan worked defensively. Easyway gave away too many turnovers and if I looked back now, this was the defining moment as Easyway couldn’t muster a comeback even with their depth of squad and experience. At half time, the score was 63-44 to Jurumas, thanks to Udun Osakue, Esmond and Efu combo.
Efu (Aik Hock) of Jurumas was instrumental in their defence
Avery Scharer of Easyway has been dominating the scoring charts and still continued his dominance in the finals but it wasn’t enough
1st Runner up – Easyway
2nd Runner up – YTE
Half time performance
The introduction of Geve Leones from the Easyway bench didn’t pay off. I truly admire him when he was on court a few years ago. He did his best last Sunday but couldn’t bring back same flair he had back then. He suffered a bad fall after clashing with Benjamin Lim in the final quarter but it wasn’t serious as it looked.
Coming to the 3rd quarter, I was hoping for a comeback, a miracle as I never liked a one-sided game. I wanted to see a competitive fight. I even heard that Avery changed back to this Kobe sneakers and sported a head band after half time. Who knows if that could changed things around.
The script remained the same as Jurumas maintained their tempo on the court. I was hoping to see more of the young talent Marcus on the court after missing many minutes in the first half. Appeared he did and he managed to get on the score board. Darren Chai was introduced to mark Udun but he had an ineffective defensively display against the on-form Udun. He was replaced after receiving two personal fouls in a space of a few minutes.
Carl Montgomery, another import of Jurumas, shined in the second half. He kept winning offensive rebounds and converting them along the way. His counterpart Justin Howard was struggling to cope with the pace and made it easy for Jurumas to win offensive rebounds.
I knew Easyway’s fate was sealed after the end of the third quarter as the score board read Jurumas 95 Easyway 73. Who could have predicted that scoreline? I was expecting a close fight. While Easyway imports still made an impressive scores, it was their local team mates that couldn’t deliver on the offensive. The locals including Geve Leones, Francis and Marcus Quirk combined only 30% of the points contributed where as Jurumas’ local players contributed 40% to the final score.
Udun Osakue of Jurumas was named MVP after scoring a game high 38 points while his team mate Carl Montgomery mustered 31 points. Esmond Tan was the highest local scorer with 18 points followed by Lim Liang Wei with 12 points.
It is back to the drawing board for Easyway to reflect back what went wrong in the finals. They may have dominated the tournament with their offensive display and high scoring games but it was Jurumas who earned the bragging rights as the champions of the Sultan’s Cup 2017.
Well done to Jurumas for their cohesive team work especially in defence. You deserved to be champions.
I would also like to thank Brunei Basketball Association especially Wira and coach Dragon for the info, logistics and hospitality. The event was well organised and I could see improvements from previous years. There are still room for improvements but this is already a good start. Keep it up!!!
Hj Madli Mohd Yussof, National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam with Wu Chun, Managing Director of Fitness Zone. NFABD entered a partnership with Fitness Zone as the “Official Health Club”
The signing ceremony between NFABD and Fitness Zone
The National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam(NFABD) is pleased to announce we will be entering a partnership with Fitness Zone for them to be our ‘Official Health Club’.
The most established fitness club in Brunei, Fitness Zone needs no introduction and we are proud to say our national teams will be training at the best facility in the country, and we are confident this partnership will boost our national players’ morale and determination during training.
“This is wonderful news!,” said national coach Kwon Oh-son.
“This is great for the development of Brunei football and will help to spread the news that exercise benefits everyone and improves your health.
“As the national team’s head coach, I would like to say thank you to NFABD President His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah for supporting this cause and to Fitness Zone for providing such great help to Brunei football,” he added.
With football the number one sport in Brunei, NFABD is confident our partnership with Fitness Zone will boost the popularity of the sport in the Sultanate and draw more fitness enthusiasts to Fitness Zone for the opportunity to train next to the national players.
NFABD is thankful that Fitness Zone have agreed to allow our national players this chance to train at their state-of-the-art facility, and we hope this will be the start of a long and successful partnership.
Checking out the facilities at Fitness Zone
The football players under NFABD
Fitness Zone, the leading fitness and health club in the country warmly welcomes the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) and its national teams in their new home, as Fitness Zone Kiulap will now be their “Official Health Club”.
The national football teams will have access to various facilities and resources of Fitness Zone for their training requirements to adequately prepare them for their competitions abroad where they would proudly banner the flag and pride of Brunei.
Wu Chun, in a statement said “We at Fitness Zone want our National Team to feel appreciated and we hope to share our expertise to improve their performance”. He further added that one of the long standing missions of Fitness Zone is in supporting our local athletes.
This partnership is a great way for both parties to highlight the importance of staying fit, and healthy, not only for athletes, but for the public in general, and the youth, a segment of our society where obesity is prevalent due to less physical activities as a result of modern technologies. Our students, and children will now see their role models actively engaging in fitness and sports.
Fitness Zone through its owner and Managing Director Wu Chun, has always believed in the propagation of health and fitness in the whole of Brunei. With this partnership with the NFABD, that belief will be further boosted and realized as the members of the National Team will also serve as Fitness Ambassadors of Fitness Zone, as great role models for others to follow and emulate especially the youth. Images courtesy of NFABD.
Dr Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Abdul Fattaah, a member of the Board of Directors at Baiduri Bank watches Qawim bin Haji Aslimon lift the Baiduri Masters championship trophy last Sunday. Image courtesy of Fadhil Yunus of Borneo Bulletin
The 22nd Baiduri Masters charity golf tournament concluded with a prize presentation at the Indah Hall, Royal Brunei Recreation Club and was attended by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Dr Abdul Fattaah Ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Perdana Wazir Sahibul Himmah Wal-Waqar Pengiran Muda Mohamed Bolkiah, a member of the Board of Directors at Baiduri Bank.
In his welcoming address, Mr Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank, spoke on the aim of the Baiduri Masters. “We organise the Baiduri Masters as one of our contributions to supporting our community by making a difference. Through this platform, we help to raise funds for local charities, particularly the charity organisations that cater towards individuals with specials needs with the hope to alleviate their burden.”
From the Baiduri Masters charity golf tournament proceeds, B$65,000 was donated to five charity organisations during the prize presentation ceremony.
The first cheque was presented to Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam was received by Hj Ahmad bin Hj Abd Rahman, Policy and Planning Trustee of Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam. This was followed by the second cheque for SMARTER Brunei and was received by Malai Hj Abdullah Malai Hj Othman, President of SMARTER Brunei. The Learning Ladders Society was presented with a cheque and was received by Dr Nornasibah binti Hj Abd Samad. The next charity organisation to receive their cheque was the Developmental Paediatric Services and was received by Hj Amin bin Hj Ibrahim. A cheque was also presented to YASKA and was received by Siti Zaleha binti Abdi Manaf.
A cheque was also presented to the Community Development Department, JAPEM. The cheque was received by Hj Rosmadee Hj Mohd Daud.
Presenting the mock cheques to Pusat Ehsan, Learning Ladders, SMARTER, YASKA, JAPEM & Development Pediatric Services
Shortly after, the presentation of the coveted Green Jacket by Mr Andrew Young, President of the Baiduri Masters Organising Committee to the 22nd Baiduri Masters Champion.
This was followed by the official announcement of the 22nd Baiduri Masters champion. Presenting the Challenge Trophy to the champion, Qawim Hj Aslimon was Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Dr Abdul Fattaah, the Guest of Honour of the event. Qawim Hj Aslimon was also awarded a cash prize of B$1,500. He is a first-time champion and concluded the tournament with a gross score of 75.
A first for the Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament is the introduction of the Ladies Gross Champion, Vanessa Boumba Marie. She concluded the tournament with a gross score of 77 and a cash prize of B$500.
Novelty prizes for the Hole-in-One, Pace Setter, nearest-to-pin, longest drive and lucky draw prizes were also presented.
In the Hole-in-One challenge, Dato Paduka Hj Suhaimi bin Hj Gafar walked away with a cheque of B$20,000. DP Hj Suhaimi aced hole 12 on Friday, 5 May 2017 around 5pm. DP Hj Suhaimi would be the second ever golfer to walk away with the cash prize of $20,000 with Kahar Bakar being the first 2 years ago. The cheque of $20,000 was presented by Mr Pierre Imhof.
In the Pace Setter Challenges for both Fridays, 28 April and 5 May 2017, Nujaimi Hj Jumat and Suhaimi Hj Ibrahim walked away with cash prizes of $200 each. Nujaimi ended his round with a nett score of 69 while Suhaimi ended his round with a nett score of 67.
In the nearest-to-pin category, for Hole 2, Hj Shaiul Rizal PD Hj Ahmad’s ball landed 39cm from the pin; Hole 5, Daniel Giam’s ball landed 46cm from the pin; Hole 12, Chu Vui Kiat’s ball landed 35cm from the pin; Hole 14, Hj Jafar Latif with a distance of 60cm from the pin; and Hole 16, Qawim Aslimon, just 1.45m from the pin.
Dennis Koh won the prize for Longest Drive for the men’s category; for women’s category, Almas Syadzwanie
Also in attendance at the prize presentation dinner were cabinet ministers, members of foreign diplomatic missions, sponsors, golfers and senior officials of the Baiduri Bank Group.
The Baiduri Masters is organised by Baiduri Bank Group with the support of event partners QAF Brunei, QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, Brunei Press Sdn Bhd and RBA Golf Club Sdn Bhd.
Dato Paduka Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar strike a hole-in-one and walked away with BND 20,000 on the 4th day of Baiduri Masters 2017
In what has turned out to be a spectacular start to the second weekend of golf, the Baiduri Masters 2017 saw Dato Paduka Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar ace hole 12 to snag the $20,000 cash prize. He became the fifth ever golfer to strike a hole-in-one in the 22 year history of the Baiduri Masters and the second ever golfer to walk away with the $20,000 cash prize. Kahar Bakar was the first golfer to walk away with the $20,000 cash prize in 2015.
Under sub-optimal conditions for a round of golf, DP Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, with luck on his side and armed with his trusty Maruman Majesty 9-iron, struck his Titleist NXT No. 1 ball at 5pm which bounced on the green and rolled straight into the cup.
A hole-in-one prize works on the premise that if there is more than one winner, the prize will be shared among the winners. As such, DP Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar will have to wait until the end of the tournament this Sunday to know if he is the outright winner of the $20,000 cash prize.
By the end of today’s session, the Top 16 Leaderboard saw a lot of movement with the addition of five new contenders: Khairul Khamis, Irfan Rahman, Kalali Hj Munchit, Hj Khairul Jamaluddin and Dennis Koh.
Suhaimi Ibrahim took the top spot with an impressive score of 69. He improved his previous score by 3 strokes and moved up 4 places. Tied for second, third and fourth are Ahmad Yani Hj Md Noor, Pg Hj Ahmad Zaki, and Seruji Hj Setia with a gross of 71.
For fifth and sixth place, Hj Shahminan Hj Damit and 2013 Baiduri Masters Champion Khairul Khamis are tied with a score of 72. The next five spots saw Nujaimi Hj Jumat, Irfan Rahman, Kalali Hj Munchit, Zulehram Yakub and Pg Hj Zamani Pg Hj Ahmed tied with a gross of 73 each.
Similarly, the next three spots also saw a tie between Hj Khairul Jamaluddin, Md Kamarul Hafiz and Pg Hj Razali Pg Sabli with a score of 74.
Rounding off the top sixteen were Dennis Koh and Rudy Hairywan Yussof with a tied score of 75.
Dato Paduka Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafa with his golfing buddies
The leader board score
The Baiduri Masters 2017 will continue tomorrow with the final round being played on Sunday morning. The top 16 gross players at the end of tomorrow’s session will make the cut to vie for the Green Jacket and Challenge Trophy.
Besides the coveted Baiduri Masters Green Jacket and Challenge Trophy, the golfers also have the chance to score the fantastic hole-in-one prizes comprising two luxury cars and three cash prizes of B$20,000 each.
Other than the BMW 320i M Sport at hole 14, other hole-in-one prizes on offer this year are the Mini Cooper S for Hole 5, and B$20,000 cash each for Holes 2, 12 and 16.
Additionally, there will be novelty prizes up for grabs for the nearest to the pin throughout the tournament and also longest drive as well as lucky draw prizes.
As with every year, proceeds raised during the Baiduri Masters will be donated to local charity organisations that help persons with special needs integrate into the wider society.
Those who haven’t registered for the tournament can still do so at the RBA Golf Club, First Floor, VIP Room. Registration for Saturday afternoon and Sunday opens at 6.00 am to 8.30 pm. Participants are encouraged to play more than once to improve their chances of winning, and they will enjoy a discount on the registration fee on their subsequent rounds.
The Baiduri Masters are held over two weekends at the RBA Golf Club, Berakas and played on format System 36 (Stroke Play) and the challenge trophy will be decided on gross. The Baiduri Masters tournament is divided into 4 divisions – Men’s, Group, Ladies and Junior. The Men’s division will be further divided into Men’s Gross, Men’s Nett and Senior Golfers Nett.
For more details, the public can log onto the website www.baiduri.com or call the Baiduri Bank Customer Helpline at 244 9666.