The 11th Corporate Masters World Final presented by Etihad Airways was heralded a great success yesterday. The event series, which this year spanned the globe, culminated in a sensational finale played around the critically acclaimed Kyle Phillips designed course, Yas Links.
The most diverse final to date saw the winning team from the Etihad Airways sponsored Bangkok Corporate Masters clinch the title on count back (last 6) with a 44 point total. Yukol Yingyangkij, owner of JF Trading and Suchart Prumarom, Managing Director of AC Tax, produced a great display around the challenging course edging out Tim Fox, Head of Strategy and National Accounts, Bupa and Jonathan Woodward, a UK based entrepeneur, qualifiers from the Newcastle Corporate Masters by the smallest of margins. The winners were presented with the inaugural Brioni Blue Jackets at the gala dinner, to mark the significance of their achievement.
2010 saw the Corporate Masters go global with 17 events in 11 countries, focusing on some of the world’s most prominent business centres including Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Doha, Dubai, London, Mumbai, Munich and Tokyo. “The Corporate Masters is really a networking event for business leaders which happens to take place in a golf environment. When you see all the sponsors and winners come together for the World Final it is clear that it is the ideal format for business relations to be cemented and new ones forged,” commented Jamie Cunningham, CEO Professional Sports Group, owners of the Corporate Masters. “This is our eleventh Corporate Masters final and this has been without doubt our biggest and best to date. We aim to cover off every detail to create a special occasion for guests, sponsors and their clients. The Brioni Blue Jackets are a great addition for us and we look forward to continuing on this new tradition.”
“This was one of the most competitive Corporate Masters finals I have seen,” commented host and former Ryder Cup player Jean Van De Velde. “The course set up perfectly and it has been fantastic to welcome so many golfers from all around the world to Abu Dhabi. Our thanks must go to our presenting sponsors Etihad Airways for their continued support and all the sponsors who make the events what they are. Well done to the team from Bangkok. It is fantastic to have winners from the Far East and further demonstrates the truly global reach of the Corporate Masters,” continued the enigmatic Frenchman and long time supporter of the Corporate Masters. Also in attendance were Olympic rowing legend Sir Matthew Pinsent and golf course designer Kyle Phillips who took part in The Tony Fraher Trophy, sponsors event run simultaneously to the Corporate Masters for all the sponsors and their VIP guests.