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 Stora Enso Cup - SWEDEN-FINLAND GOLF CHALLENGE - Friday, 18 November 2011

Event Report
Venue:
Taiheiyo Club - Narita Course, Chiba Prefecture

Team Result:
SCCJ 81.42 - FCCJ 84.72

The competition was played for the third time at Taiheiyo Club - Narita Course in Chiba Prefecture. The event was played in a bit chilly autumn weather with some rain during the first hour of play, and the course, and especially the greens, were tricky, so the scores were higher than normal. E.g. only three players managed to break 100.

The individual winner (best net) was Hiroaki Sugawara (FCCJ) with a net 73 (gross 98). Second was Tsuyoshi Hirao (SCCJ), net 76 (gross 101), who also won the SCCJ Autumn Golf Cup. Hisako Noto (FCCJ was third, with same net and gross as Hirao-san, but higher age wins.. Best gross was Eiji Takagi (SCCJ) with 88, followed by Veli Solehmainen (FCCJ) with a 93 and Hiroaki Sugawara (FCJJ) with 98.

For full results, see below.

The winners of the longest drive were Miki Nakano (SCCJ), who also ot the SCCJ longest drive trophy and Veli Solehmainen (FCCJ) on No. 13.
The near pin winners were Per Vransø, SCCJ on no. 12 and Yutaka Chiba (guest on FCCJ on no. 16.. Interestingly enough, no near pins were achieved on no. 2 and No. 5 as none of the 30 participants managed to hit the greens on those holes.

We would like to thank the title sponsor Stora Enso Japan as well as all the players (and their companies) who brought nice prizes to the competition. Our thanks go also to the Taiheiyo Club - Narita Course and all the other staff for helping us making this a great event at reasonable costs.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Pos.PlayerCompanyTeamHCPGrossNet
1.Hiroaki SugawaraFinn CorporationFCCJ259873
2.Tsuyoshi HiraoSweden House Co., Ltd. SCCJ2510176
3.Hisako NotoAdvertise Inc. FCCJ2510176
4.Eiji TakagiIndividual memberSCCJ98879
5.Veli SolehmainenVaisala K.K. FCCJ149379
6.Iwao TakagiSilver Stone Co., Ltd. SCCJ2510580
7.Miki NakanoSilver Stone Co., Ltd. SCCJ2911081
8.Takeshi YokoyamaFinnair Cargo FCCJ2210482
9.Michael StandarESAB K.K. SCCJ2911182
10.Masahiro Kuroda MPS FCCJ2310683
11.Tuomo Kuuppo Stora Enso Japan K.K.FCCJ2210685
12.Carl-Gustav Eklund Höganäs Japan K.K. SCCJ1510085
13.Clas G. BystedtFCCJ FCCJ2210886
14.Lars VargöAmbassador of Sweden SCCJ2511287
15.Stefan Gustafsson IFS Japan Inc. SCCJ2811587
16.Kimio HashidaNokia Japan Co., Ltd FCCJ1810789
17.Per VransøSASSCCJ3012191
18.Toyoaki UchidaUPM-Kymmene KKFCCJ1510792
19.Marko SaarelainenHonka Japan, Inc. FCCJ2611892
20.Atsushi Yamazaki Stora Enso Japan K.K.FCCJ2211593
21.Shinji HashimotoUPM-Kymmene KKFCCJ2812496
22.Hiroaki SakuraiVaisala K.K. FCCJ2312097
23.Tsutomu Fujii Vaisala K.K.. FCCJ2112099
Note: if players have same net, the one with lower handicap wins, if still same, the older player wins.

Images from the event

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The players gather for photo-shooting before start of play.
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Eiji Takagi making the first tee-shot of the day.
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Veli Solehmainen's first tee-shot.
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Nice and good looking course.
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Umbrellas needed in the morning.
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Clas Bystedt, Eiji Takagi and Stefan Gustafsson.
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Nicely executed shot by Eiji Takagi.
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Veli Solehmainen's tee-shot at No. 13
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Stefan Gustafsson's tee shot at the par-3 16th.
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Eiji Takagi's tee-shot on No. 18
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Stefan Gustafsson using the yellow tees on No. 18.
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Veli Solehmainen's second shot at No. 18, club house in the background.
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Calcutating scores after the first 9 holes.
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Clas Bystedt tees off on no. 1.
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Veli Solehmainen's tee-shot at No. 3
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'Better not hit right, Stefan!'
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The challenging with a lot of water and elevation changes.
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Eiji Takagi at the par-3 no. 5.
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Clas Bystedt at the par-3 no. 5.
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On the 6th hole.
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The course is very closed to the expressway and Narita Airport.
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The 7th fairway and 5th tee at right.
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Eiji Takagi's second shot on no. 7 followed by Veli Solehmainen and Stefan Gustafsson.
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Veli Solehmainen's tee-shot at No. 8
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Clas Bystedt keeps swinging.
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The 9th green and club house from the 8th fairway.
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Veli Solehmainen's winning long drive at no. 9.
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Clas Bystedt hits a bit too close to the trees and wathces anziously...
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Stefan Gustafsson's approach to no. 9.
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Eiji Takagi's approach to no. 9.
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Veli Solehmainen's approach to no. 9.
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Putting on the last green of the day.
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Happy faces after the completed round; Veli Solehmainen, Stefan Gustafsson, Eiji Takagi and Clas Bystedt.
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The prize table.
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Participants enjoying food and drinks before start of the ceremonies.
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From left, Atsushi Yamazaki, Carl-Gustav Eklund, Marko Saarelainen, Veli Solehmainen and Tuomo Kuuppo.
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From left Shinji Hashimoto, Iwao Takagi, Tsutomu Fujii, Masahiro Kuroda and Hiroaki Sakurai.
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Takeshi Yokoyama checking his mails. Others from left Michael Standar, Stefan Gustafsson, Lars Vargö, Toyoaki Uchida and Kimio Hashida.
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Dressed for the occasion. Best net (73), Hiroaki Sugawara (FCCJ) receives the individual winner's trophy from Stora Enso's Tuomo Kuuppo.
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Sugawara with his prize selection. Sugawara was also third best gross (98).
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No. 2 overall (76) and the best SCCJ golfer Tsuyoshi Hirao receives the SCCJ Golf Cup from SCCJ board member Stefan Gustafsson..
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The third best net, Hisako Noto (FCCJ)
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Best gross (88), Eiji Takagi (SCCJ). Takagi was 4th best net (79).
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Second best gross (93), Veli Solehmainen (FCCJ). He also won one of the longest drives and was 5th best net (79).
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Winner of the SCCJ Longest Drive trophy, Miki Nakano with organizer Eiji Takagi. Nakano was also Lucky Seven.
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Per Vransø, winner of near pin on no. 12 hold tight to his prize bottle.
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Yutaka Chiba (guest of Finnair Cargo) won the near pin on no. 16.
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No. 6,(80) Iwao Takagi (SCCJ) with with his red wine prize.
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Surprised over the vintage of the wine, or his position? No. 8. (82) Takeshi Yokoyama (FCCJ)..
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No. 9. (82), Michael Standar (SCCJ) selects a Honka 'fukubukur9' as his prize..
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No. 10. (83) Masahiro Kuroda (FCCJ).
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No. 14. (84) Tuomo Kuuppo (FCCJ) prefers sake..
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Sake is also the choice of no 12. (85) Carl-Gustav Eklund (SCCJ)
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No. 14. (87) Lars Vargö selects art from a frequent participant in Stora Enso Cup, Showa Okamura.
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No. 15. (87) and the winner of the 'beautiful' SCCJ Boobie prize, Stefan Gustafsson.
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No. 16, Kimio Hashida (FCCJ)
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Why the grin on the face on no. 18., Toyoaki Uchida of UPM (FCCJ)? He selected a prize from their dear competitor, Stora Enso.Perhaps shouldn't tell the boss?
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The defending champion perhaps did it the Japanese way... FCCJ President Marko Saarelainen now no. 19.
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No. 20, Atsushi Yamazaki (FCCJ) is happy to receive a wine bottle.
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Another UPM guy selecting a Stora Enso prize. No. 21. Shinji Hashimoto (FCCJ). But the bag did not contain and market intelligence...;-)
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No. 22, Hiroaki Sakurai (FCCJ)
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No. 23, Tsutomu Fujii (FCCJ)
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The happy representatives of the winning team, from left: Stefan Gustafsson (SCCJ board member), Lars Vargö (Ambassador of Sweden), Carl-Gustav Eklund (former SCCJ Chairman)
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Tuomo Kuuppo of Stora Enso Japan presents the trophty to the winning SCCJ team represented from left by Stefan Gustafsson, Lars Vargö, Carl-Gustav Eklund, Iwao Takagi, Miki Nakano, Tsuyoshi Hirao, EIji Takagi and Per Vransø.
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