Written by @Lan
Photos by curiostraveller.com
“Caring For People Through The Game Of Golf”
The annual non-profit golf event; The 2018 Hyatt Regency Kinabalu Classic was successfully held on Saturday, 17 March 2018 at Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club followed by Awards Dinner and Auction Night at Kimanis Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu. The event theme; Caring For People Through The Game of Golf aimed to assist Operation SMILE Sabah (Rotary Club Likas Bay), Bird Guide Training Program (Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu) as well as children of various Hyatt Thrive Programs.
According to Mr. Thor Gervasi (General Manager of Hyatt Regency Kinabalu), there were 122 golfers joined the 2018 edition and from that alone, a total of RM4,020 was collected. During the Awards Dinner, significant amount was collected during the Auction and through the generosity of the sponsors as well as participating golfers, the event raised more than RM58,000, in total; an increase of RM6.000 from the total amount collected in 2016 event.
The Operation SMILE Sabah; an effort adopted by Rotary Club Likas Bay (a non-profit organization), aims to assist children born with cleft palate deformity by providing corrective surgery for cleft lips and palates. Part of the fund collected in The 2018 Hyatt Kinabalu Classic will be channeled to Operation SMILE Sabah.
A new recipient for this year is Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu. The organization initiated the Bird Guide Training Program that aims to assist the Local Guides of Mount Kinabalu by offering them an opportunity to attend special bird training, as a way to earn additional income. This noble effort started after the June 2015 earthquake that significantly affected Mount Kinabalu.
There were originally 24 items being auctioned during the Awards Dinner but 3 prizes won during the lucky draw session were ‘donated’ to the Auction List thus making it to 27 items. Mr. Thor Gervasi added the 28th item which was the most popular among bidders; Exclusive Usage of the Brand New Hyatt Mobile Kitchen for Private Event by Hyatt Regency Kinabalu. The same item was sold earlier but Mr. Thor Gervasi decided to offer another golden opportunity for bidders. The market value for this item was RM4000. Other popular items were:
–3 Nights Stay in a Garden View Rooms with Breakfast for 2 at Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort + 3 Nights Stay in Ocean View Room with Breakfast at Hyatt Place Phuket Patong
-One Economy Class Return Flight Ticket from Kota Kinabalu to Melbourne on Royal Brunei Airlines + 2 Nights Stay in Park King Room with Breakfast for 2 at Park Hyatt Melbourne
-One Business Class Return Flight Ticket on Silk Air, from Kota Kinabalu to Singapore + 2 Nights Stay in a King Room with Breakfast for 2 at Andaz Singapore.
Guests during the awards night were served sumptuous buffet dinner with amazing and delicious international cuisines. Guests were even offered free flow of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Winner of Division A: Sheo Wei Meng receiving prize from Mr. Thor Gervasi (General Manager of Hyatt Regency Kinabalu).
The main highlight of the evening was the prize presentation for winners in the golf event. There were 4 categories, namely Division A, Division B, Division C and Ladies. Unfortunately, there are no winners for Hole-In-One (Attractive prizes such as brand new Toyota Vios and a Triumph Motorcycle Bonneville 1200cc 2017 were offered). However, there were winners for Nearest To The Pin, Longest Drive and Nearest to Zig Zag Line.
Winner of Division B: Desmond Jong receiving prize from Mr. Thor Gervasi (General Manager of Hyatt Regency Kinabalu).
Winner of Division C: Datuk Salsidu IBrahim receiving prize from Mr. Thor Gervasi (General Manager of Hyatt Regency Kinabalu).
Winner of Ladies Division: Peng Chi Hwa receiving prize from Mr. Thor Gervasi (General Manager of Hyatt Regency Kinabalu).
About Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, a 288-room hotel, is located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu’s business, shopping and entertainment hub, overlooking the beautiful coral islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and the South China Sea. Hyatt Regency Kinabalu offers newly renovated guestrooms, exceptional service, modern comforts, and a dazzling choice of local and international cuisine. Reservations for Hyatt Regency Kinabalu can be made by calling +60 88 22 1234 or visit
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