AmCham celebrates US Thanksgiving Day, with annual golf tournament and networking evening
By Karmila Bain
Monday, November 26, 2018
AmCham Indonesia started its Thanksgiving celebrations this year with a special networking evening on November 15, followed a week later by the annual Thanksgiving Golf Tournament on November 22, the two most eagerly-anticipated events on AmCham’s social calendar.
The golf tournament changed venue this year with a move to the Emeralda Golf Club. We were not disappointed by the beautiful facilities. A full house of 147 enthusiastic players gathered early in the morning to navigate the fairways and greens with varying degrees of success, but with the great cheer that always marks the event. This year, Andrew Shaw from the US Embassy in Jakarta, together with AmCham Governors Joe Bartlett and Robert Logie officially blasted the smoke ball into the air to open the tournament.
Before tucking into the traditional turkey lunch provided by our sponsor, the JS Luwansa Hotel, the players roamed under thankfully clear skies, and were entertained at hospitality tents with food and beverages, including a special “gorengan” stall.
They were primed for the event a week earlier at the networking evening with a feast of turkey, pumpkin pie and more at Oakroom Restaurant and Bar at Oakwood Cozmo Premier in Jakarta. Nearly 100 members and friends of AmCham gathered on the evening to network, catch up with old-friends and meet the candidates for the 2019 AmCham Board of Governors in an informal setting.
That evening is also traditionally an opportunity for golfers to get acquainted and talk strategy with their fellow players prior to the tournament. The evening at Oakwood was also sponsored generously by Santa Fe Relocation, CFLD and SSEK law firm with fabulous door prizes.
At the golf tournament on the day itself, the sunshine lasted just long enough for the players to all finish their rounds and head for the club house as the clouds appeared and the course was scattered with rain.
That did not nothing to dampen the mood around the tables as there was, of course, plenty to eat. AmCham Managing Director A. Lin Neumann was master of ceremonies and conducted the lucky draw and announced the winning teams.
Big congratulations go to the winning foursome of the day: Roni Setyawan, John Noreike, Simon Lawton and Irwansyah. The biggest of the many door prizes went to Jetse Van Hee of Atradius, who walked away with a 55-inch Samsung Curved Full HDTV presented by the Korean Chamber of Commerce.
We also express our sincere gratitude to all the tournament sponsors. The two events were a huge success, and would not have been possible without the generous support of more than 40 company sponsors. We especially appreciate the hard work of the AmCham staff and Golf Events Indonesia, the tournament organizer.
For pictures of the Thanksgiving networking evening, click here.