As part of the Community Sports Festival@North East, the People’s Association and North East Constituency Sports Club, supported by North East Community Development Council, organized 24 hours of non-stop golf driving activity at the newly minted Toa Payoh Golf Range. Conveniently located in the central area of Toa Payoh East, this new golf range means that country club memberships and long drives out to secluded golf courses are no longer an issue for the neighborhood.
Guest-of-Honor, Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Home Affairs and Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC, teed off the event on 6 June 2009 at 12 noon. This commenced a continuous string of golfers all the way until 7 June 2009, 12 noon the next day.
This event endeavored to spark heartland interest in golf, but on top of that, it was also an attempt to secure a place in the Singapore book of records. 520 participants and 67,840 golf balls later, the organizing committee struck a hole in one.
The event was a swinging success as Chairman of the organizing committee for this event, Dick Hui, BBM commented: “We are very happy that we have set a new record in the Singapore Book of records. It was also a great success to see my team working together with such camaraderie throughout the night with very little sleep.”
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For Andreas Skogvard, a VIP at this event, he enjoyed the fresh concept of the event and felt that “it is a great way to make golf accessible for everyone and provides families with a new activity to interact and engage in physical activities together, promoting healthy living.”
With new publications such as Golf Punk on newsstands and record-setting events such as this 24 hour non-stop golf driving festivities, it looks like golfing has been rebranded and is making headways into Singapore.