“Golf is not about the quality of your good shots, it is about the quality of your bad shots.”– Sir Nick Faldo
11 Months after the opening World Cup encounter at Sentul Highlands for the opening Singles Round, the 2021 Singgasana World Cup was concluded at Cengkareng Golf Club on Friday 28th January with 20 players from Team Asia up against 20 Rest of the World players in singles match-play.
Incredibly after the opening three rounds of Singles, Foursomes and Four-ball, the scores were locked at 40 points a piece with a total of 40 points up for grab over 20 singles games in the Final Round, with the first team over 61 points declared the winners. Here is a recap of the first three rounds as a refresher:
Round 1: Singles, Friday, February 5th at Sentul Highlands
TEAM ASIA 20 PTS – 20 PTS TEAM REST OF THE WORLD
Round 2: Foursomes, Friday 9TH April at Emeralda Golf Club
TEAM ASIA 7 PTS – 13 PTS TEAM REST OF THE WORLD
Total Match Score after 2 Rounds: ASIA 27 – 33 ROW
Round 3: Fourball, Friday 6th August at Emeralda Golf Club
TEAM ASIA 13 PTS – 7 PTS TEAM REST OF THE WORLD
Total Match Score after 3 Rounds: ASIA 40 – 40 ROW
Round 4: Singles, Friday, January 28th at Cengkareng Golf Club
The original date for the Fourth Round and singles was back in November but due to the second wave and Delta Variant of Covid and numerous lockdowns, restricting Golf Courses to host large groups of players, both Teams agreed on a date late January, after the Asian Team Captain had returned from a home visit abroad and completed his quarantine.
The Final round also saw another change with a location move to: Cengkareng Golf Club a very popular Golf Course amongst Jakarta’s golfers providing an ideal layout and great course conditions for the final round battle.
A big shout out to both teams Captains and VC’s for gathering their troops in time for the match. Never easy with people commitments on and off the course these days and the looming pandemic.
A big shout out to our events main sponsor Singgasana Hotel’s & Resorts whose Jakarta, central property the Sultan has been used by many JAWS players during re-entry and quarantine stays after returning form abroad, keep It up!
As predicted the Final Round and singles games produced another tight encounter with TEAM ASIA getting over the line for 62 points to win, with 22 points over ROW’s 18 points, nonetheless it went down to the wire. With Asia winning 9/20 matches and drawing 4 matches to ROW’s 7 wins from 20.
In the end Team Asia were crowned the winners on cue with a beautiful sunset that was enjoyed by Team Asia on the Top Deck overlooking the 18th Green. Bragging rights obtained for 2021 bring on the this years edition!
Congratulations to the Winners!!!!:
- TEAM ASIA with a TOTAL SCORE OF 62 pts – 58 pts over TEAM REST OF THE WORLD
Under the Guidance and Captain of Gaurav Shirke and VC Pras Sutowo. Well played Gents! Unlucky ROW Captain Willie Goldschimdt and VC Chris Lever its fair to say you are disadvantaged in some respects as TEAM ASIA are playing on home soil.
Stay tuned and get ready for selection by your chosen captains in 2022, rumour has it, the event will be restricted to 16 players per side for each round, and in order to complete the series quicker, the event will be competed over 3 rounds: Singles, Foursomes and Fourball. Can Team Asia retain the Cup that TEAM ROW will be so eager to win back!
Happy Golfing Sharks!