Past winners were brushed aside as a bevy of new faces claimed the top spots at the 8th Annual AmCham Golf Tournament. As play wrapped up on the 18-hole competition, DeGolyer and MacNaughton’s team – shut out of last year’s top finishers – could call itself the best of the best. Rounding out the top three were the teams from Ernst & Young and Schering-Plough Central East AG in second and third place, respectively. The best gross score was posted by the team from Newbridge Group Ltd.
Held July 29 at the Le Meridien Moscow Country Club, the annual event sponsored by BMW Russland Trading drew 26 four-person teams from Chamber member companies. Unlike past years when top finishers defended their titles or improved their standings, no 2004 winner was able to repeat its previous success. All of last year’s winners – Delta Airlines (1st place), Intelorg Worldwide Movers (2nd place), Commonwealth Resources (3rd place) and Claritin (Best gross score) – finished out of the running.
Individual Competition and Prizes
In addition to team competition, players competed against one another for honors on individual holes, including closest to the pin, longest putt and longest drive.
Throughout the day, players were also able to purchase raffle tickets to win prizes, including a weekend get-away to Athens, Greece, supplied by Sheraton Palace Hotel Moscow and American Express International Services. Other companies donating prizes included: American Clinic, Estee Lauder Russia, Gillette Group LLC, Hertz, Marriott Hotels of Moscow, Mars LLC, New York Casino, Novotel Moscow Centre, One2Remember, Sheraton Palace Hotel, Starlite Diner Moscow, Tchibo Coffee, Uley Catering, Uncle Guilly’s and VinLund.
Mulligan Sales Benefit Orphans
Through the sale of mulligans, the tournament raised $4,100 for Diema’s Dream (www.diemasdream.com), a local NGO working with disabled Russian orphans.
Said Mary Dudley, president of Diema’s Dream, “We have two major goals we are working towards and every kopek will count in terms of achieving them! We want to establish a village for young adults, which would provide an alternative to moving to a home for the adult disabled and elderly, where conditions are very bad. We also want to open an intervention center for mothers, giving them support so that they feel they have a choice of keeping their disabled child rather than giving him or her up to the state.”
The Chamber thanks Golf Committee Chairman Jim Balaschak of Deloitte for his instrumental help in organizing the annual event.
Teams competing included: Accenture, Banque Societe Generale Vostok, Bearing Point, BMW, BrunelCR, Caspian Pipiline Consortium-R, Cargill, Chevron Texaco, Danone, Davidoff Cafe, Deloitte, Deloitte MTS, Delta Air Lines, DHL, Intelorg Worldwide Movers, Lucent Technologies, Office Scape, Sheraton Palace Hotel Moscow, Topcon Positioning Systems, TNK-BP, US Dental Care and Weatherford.
1st Place: DeGolyer and MacNaughton
- Peter O'Brian
- John Wallace
- Martin Wiewiorowski
- Eric Zimmerman
2nd Place: Ernst & Young
- Doug Gardner
- Reece Jenkins
- Paul Murthy
- Cathy Tompkins
3rd Place: Schering-Plough Central East AG
- Steve Conway
- Giovanni Favero
- Greg Oztemel
- Anthony Wong
Best Gross Score: Newbridge Group Ltd.
- Igor Chizikov
- Jeff Combs
- Jim Quinn
- Roger Wills
Individual winners included:
- Rob Richards, closest to pin on hole 3
- Eric Zimmerman, closest to pin on hole 4
- Konstantin Sokol, closest to pin on hole 8
- Steve Conway, closest to pin on hole 11
- Igor Korchak, longest drive on hole 15
- Ricky Ferguson, closest to pin on hole 16
- Jim Quinn, longest putt on hole 18