SWEDEN-FINLAND GOLF CHALLENGE, 16 APRIL 2004
Venue:
Skyway Country Club, Chiba Pref.
Team Result:
SCCJ 83.90 - FCCJ 84.58
RECAP
The Golf Challenge was a very close competition. The Swedish chamber had an average of 83.90 strokes and the Finnish 84.33. So if every other FCCJ player had improved their game with just one stroke, we would have won the Stora Enso Cup. At the last competition in November 2003 the scores where SCCJ 82.44 - FCCJ 84.58, so the margin became much, much smaller this time. Let's hope the tendency continues...

Even though most players felt that the course was difficult and tricky, also proven by the fact that only 13 players out of the 54 manages to score under 100 gross, the winner of the individual competition, Tomo Bystedt, recorded a very good score, gross 70 (2 under par) and a net 66. His longest drive was also impressive, laser measured to 354 yards. The winner of the SCCJ longest drive trophy was Eiji Takagi and the near pin winners were Akihiro Takano and Nobumasa Imai of FCCJ and Roger Neckelius and Hisato Saito of SCCJ. Henrik Johnsson took the SCCJ Spring Cup (FCCJ play for their cup only once a year, in autumn).

This time the event was organized by SCCJ, with some help from FCCJ. We would like to thank the title sponsor Stora Enso Japan, Acushnet Japan (Titleist, Cobra and Footjoy brands) and all the others who brought nice prices to the competition. Our thanks go also to Hisato Saito for organizing the venue at very reasonable costs.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (top 10)
Pos.PlayerCompanyTeamHCPGrossNet
1.Tomo BystedtAcushnet JapanFCCJ47066
2.Henrik JohnssonIIA Group Ltd. SCCJ239168
3.Hiroshi MiuraMetso-SHI Co., Ltd.FCCJ269973
4.George FujiiInter AssociatesSCCJ229775
5.Ryo TokuraTokura InternationalSCCJ 98576
6.Alan HeggieAtlas Copco K.K.SCCJ219776
7.Ted KawanaFujita Corporation SCCJ128977
8.Akihiro TakanoFinnairFCCJ108878
9.Clas HallingSeco Tools JapanSCCJ209878
10.Masaoki FujitaCoil Center Fujita FCCJ 28 10880
Note: if players have same net, the one with lower handicap wins.

IMAGES FROM THE COMPETITION
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If you ever wondered why the course is called Skyway C.C. - play it, and you know why! The course is almost directly under runway 2 at Narita. If you are not used to having planes flying over your head all the time, it may cause some wayward shots.
These guys seems to look for the forest...
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SCCJ golf boss Clas Halling performs the opening shot on hole no. 10. But unfortunately (for the Swedes) the ball seems to go left.
Clas recovered well from this minor setback at the start and finished 9th, contributing to the SCCJ victory.
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Our host, Hisato Saito, with a well directed tee-shot on the par-3 12th hole surrounded by water.
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Tuomo Kuuppo putting for par under the watchful eyes of Clas Halling and the caddie.
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All smiles at the lunch break. From left: Yoshinori Sano, Arrien Westhuis, Göran Wastensson, Timo Varhama, Eiji Takagi, Tommy Kullbeg (hidden), Finnish Ambassador Eero Salovaara and Ryo Tokura.
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A good day not only for SCCJ but also for the golf ball manufactures. The course had a lot of lakes with a good appetite for balls.
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Tomo Bystedt, winner of the individual competition, right the Master of Ceremonies Clas Halling. Left Ryo Tokura of SCCJ (no. 5)
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Coincidence of company policy?
All the three UPM-Kymmene Japan players had same score! From left Timo Varhama, Martti Varesmaa and Toyoaki Uchida selects their prizes.
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He went for the red Cobra. Hiroshi Miura of Metso-SHI with his third place prize, George Fujii (no. 4.) admires.
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Golf on a warm and sunny day makes you thirsty!
Isao Nishimura (front), Kaj Forsell (left), Dayton Hughes (back to camera left), Yoshinori Sano, Goran Wastensson (back to camera right) and many others take in some liquid. Hirokuni Yoshida (center), probably has his drink already...
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The 54 players wait anxiously for the results...
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