Lake Karrinyup Country Club
15 May 1998
The Inaugural CIP Golf Cup was held on Friday 15th May
at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
a great course. Not surprising it's rated in the top 10 in Australia. Perfect
weather. Some fine golf played by a few with a lot of us sort of enjoying
the walk ….for 17 holes anyway. If the 18th was in Victoria
it'd be called Mt Buller and we'd be skiing on it.
Late afternoon and a few drinks in the delightful courtyard
were welcome after all that golf / walking. Then into the impressive clubhouse
for dinner. Remco gave a speech - a brief overview of the chemical industry
but SCT's Derek Murtha was distracted. He was writing large numbers like
$1.2M on the back of some one's business card. (see secret auction below).
Before announcing the winners I suggested some fines could
be paid by golfers guilty of indiscretions such as a `Volkswagon' (4 putts
i.e. putt,putt, putt, putt) or a `Hitler' (2 shots in a bunker) or even
a `helicopter' (throwing a club). But when a Vic Morrow was mentioned (hitting
someone with a helicopter) that was considered inappropriate, the whole
idea abandoned, the proposer banished and Remco gave another speech.
Heading the list of good golfers was Tim Lau of Tiwest
(a sponsor). Apparently Tim now has to build a new trophy room at home.
We'll be checking to see if the Kwinana GC handicapper has a three letter
name or trades in white powder.
Tim Lau receiving the
cup from ACSPA's Chairman Richard Cooper
Next was Marcus Ledsham, son and heir of the inimitable
(means he can't be imitted?) Geoffrey. Playing with dad on the 18th
Marcus thought he might inherit Calmarc Chemicals sooner rather than later.
Peter O'Shaughnessy of Millennium
Inorganic was rewarded for making the trip from Bunbury with third
place and a promise to try and spell his name correctly.
Fourth place went to another sponsor, Lindsay Quann of
the splendid Karriview Lodge near Gracetown. Lindsay was in good shape
to win after 9 holes but got worn down by some exceptionally ordinary golf
by his playing partners. Lindsay also whacked the longest drive.
With good support from sponsors we were able to have trophies
on each of the par 3's. Van Leer's Paul Sampson knocked a ball on the tricky
downhill 12th to a mere 170 cms. Paul had already won the 8th
hole so we gave the 12th to Albert Vinciguerra of Maxwell Chemicals (sponsor).
Albert actually wrote 1.2 cms on the nearest the pin card…. an unbelievably
precise measurement for a supplier in the chemical industry but we knew
he meant 1.2m…..close enough. After dinner Albert under almost no pressure
graciously dispensed the Glenfiddich among his friends and persecutors
alike. Other par3 winners were Champion's Steve Davis and Peter Jennings
of Toussaint & Richardson.
most valuable item was donated by Mike Allenby (being presented in the
photo by Mike to Remco) and Steve Wright from the WACA….. a cricket bat signed
by all players from the last one day series in Australia between South
Africa, NZ and Australia. The bat worth potentially a few thousand dollars
was secretly auctioned with the successful bidder being Rob Boyle from
Able Westchem..Rob didn't know he'd been successful for a day or so afterwards.
Now that's a secret auction! ( John Colvin of Champion Chemtech was relieved
we didn't insist on the $1.2M bid put in on his behalf…. we reckoned that
Champion Chemtech as the major sponsor had already done their bit and we'd
like them back next year.)
Notice how surreptitiously the sponsors names have been
slipped in? Well I've runout of pretexts….the rest of them didn't distinguish
themselves one way or the other so just a straight up thank you
to Applied Chemicals (John Power), APS Chemicals (Trevor Osgerby), BASF
(Grant McManus), Shedden Uhde (Stuart Kamper), BP Chemicals (Bernie Rodda)
The lovely Nina from KarriView Lodge presented Applied'sColleen
Rietschel with the weekend for 2…. that made the long walk worthwhile Colleen
didn't it ? Remco gave another speech some of us enjoyed Albert's generosity
and others took their trophies and went home.
Finally what about Mr.CIP, Remco Van
Santen? Can't be too many people who organise and underwrite golf days
who don't play golf but that's Remco….he's the Hamelin Bay of the chemical
industry (without pier) and has probably done more than any other individual
to inform , educate, promote, lobby and just talk about the chemical industry
…. stopping him is another thing but we're working on that !!
Now that we've seen the whopping great CIP cup we'll all
measure up our trophy rooms to see if it'll fit next year. Thanks for the