Gallery from the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup 2017

Photos: Jody Pang, Jim Zang, Tohru Okamura and Clas Bystedt.

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The players gather for photo shooting before start of play.
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Club house entrance.
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Sponsor poster at the entrance.
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Title sponsors displays
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The setup in the club house lobby, NA regustration desk left, EU right.
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The European team registration desk.
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Busy at the North American reception desk.
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Putting practice before start of play.
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Preparing carts. Need 40 carts to accommodate 157 players.
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Briefing before start of play. Bob Melson gives instructions flanked by other task force members - Aron Kremer and Erik Ullner.
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Instructions and advice given.
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North American Team Captain Naoki Ohyama of United Airlines.
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European Team Captain Carl-Gustav Eklund, EBC Vice Chair.
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The carts start moving out to the holes.
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A long row of carts.
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Groups 1A, 1B and 1C on the first tee, hole sponsored by Chanel. From left: Bob Melson, Glen Sugimoto, Mark Sheldon-Allen, Hiroaki Nagahara, Henry Yamaguchi, Soichiro Sasabuchi, Greg Dinges (Cole Haan), Kintaro Ueno (Mercedes-Benz), Yasutaka Nakagawa (Chanel), Finnish Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari, John Kawase and Hiroshi Ariizumi.
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A lot of action on hole. no. 10.
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LPGA Japan Tour Pro Chiaki Ishiyama chating with EU Team Captain Carl Eklund.
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Ishiyama-pro's first shot.
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Team Captains' (Carl Eklund, EU left, Naoki Ohyama, NA right) 'tandem shot' on their first hole? Not quite, photoshopped...
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Ishiyama-pro's second shot (her thrid ended about 1 m from the pin).
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Does the caddie disapprove of Karl Hahne's 'warm-up' routine?
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Group 8B hitting tee-shots on No. 12.
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Donald Bunkenburg/Lufthansa (second from right) is the proud sponsor of hole no. 12. With from left: their caddie, Karl Hahne, Thomas Zaleski and David Clement.
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Aron Kremer putting on No. 14, Kjell Yadon watching.
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Group 6A Leaving the 10th green.
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Jack Snell, Etsuko Shinkawa, Eriko Nakagawa and Barry Roth are all United.
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Etsuko Shinkawa's and Eriko Nakagawa's tee-shots no. 9.
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At their first rest house (one of four on the course); Erik Ullner goes for the hot-dog, Aron Kremer for the burger.
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Enjoying the food (and beer) and having a good time.
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Some preferred the Takara MIO sparkling sake that all players got in the goodie bag.
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Masaoki Fujita thinks a banana is best choice, Tomoji Nogami agrees. Brian Endo and Chad Clark a bit bemused...
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Erik Ullner, Aron Kremer and Kjell Yadon with their caddie at No. 15 with a Cole Haan near pin prize and Air Canada Hole-in-One prize (unfortunately no one got it...).
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Expansive fairways and prefect course condition.
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The top group 1A at the par-3 3rd hole. Kintaro Ueno, Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari, John Kawase and Shoichiro Sasabuchi. These guys are in good shape...
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Erik Ullner's tee-shot on no. 17.
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Taking aim at no.4 sponsored by New Era
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Group 1B, Bob Melson, Glen Sugimoto, Mark Sheldon-Allen and Greg Dinges on hole no. 1.
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Group 10C, Erik Ullner, the caddie, Aron Kremer and Kjell Yadon having a short berak at the well hidden rest house at no. 1.
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The beautiful but long and difficult hole no. 1.
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Erik Ullner's shot at the tough par-3 no. 3.
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Warsteiner's Carl de Coster and Shogo Mukai at their hole where you could win a prize of you hit fairway over 180 yards.
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Group 10C relaxing at the Warsteiner hole.
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Kintaro Ueno putting on no. 3, carefully watched over by team mate Ambasador Jukka Siukosaari.
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Greg Dinges putting on no. 3.
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Henry Yamaguchi would like to change shoes...shape seems to match.
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Group 18B (Eric Greenberg, Peter Aldrian, Keith Allen, Stephen Irish) on hole 7, sponsored by Air Canada.
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Admiring the view from the 5th tee.
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Group 15B on the 5th tee.
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That putt definately went in!"
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A nice shot and perfect pose. No woonder Yumiko Akasaka had the best ladies score, a great 79. If we had used her declared HCP (18) she would have scored a net 61!
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Brian Endo putting followed by Tomoji Nogami, Chad Clark and Masaoki Fujita.
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Group 5B on the Finnair sponsored hole 18. Perhaps one would select, if he won the Finnair prize, to fly to Milan...
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Group 16B (Kazuhide Tanaka, Gereon Niemeier, Sean Doherty, Robert Moss) on the 10th green.
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Toshimichi Kida left it short...
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Group 16A (Eizo Nishino, Kuniko Narita, Yuko Takaesu and Toshimichi Kida) on 11th green.
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Group 17B (Hideo Iwasaki, Kenji Ohmuro, Keizo Mori and Jun Tanaka) on 11th green.
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Group IC (Henry Yamaguchi, Hiroaki Nagahara, Yasutaka Nakagawa and Hiroshi Ariizumi) on the Laureus Driving Contest hole no. 2.
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The TaylorMade Driving Contest was on hole no. 13.
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Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari taking aim for his shot on no. 10, which was a Near Pin and Charity Shot hole.
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Group 10C (Kjell Yadon, Aron Kremer, Erik Ullner + cameraman) finishing their round on hole no. 9, sponsored by United Airlines.
Party & Prizes (photos Jody Pang and Clas Bystedt)
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The prize table
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The prize table with the trophies.
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Congestion around the buffet table.
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Don't worry Paul, this picture will not be published...;-)
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Difficult to choose from the generous buffet table.
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Kervin Go, Richard Straughan and Sid Lloyd toast for a good day!
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Erik Ullner, EU task force member and EBC Treasurer, making opening remarks.
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Long time task force member Aron Kremer was the MC.
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Mercedes-Benz Japan President Kintaro Ueno and Cole Haan Japan President Greg Dinges make greetings on behalf of the Title Sponsors.
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The Team Captains, Carl Eklund (EU) speaking and Naoki Ohyamae (NA) waiting for his turn.
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The Mercedes-Benz Near Pin Contest winners on hole no. 3 Philip Deane (EU), prize presented by Ishiyama-pro.
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The Mercedes-Benz Near Pin Contest winners on hole no. 10 James Feliciano (NA), prize presented by Ishiyama-pro.
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The Cole Haan Near Pin Contest winner on hole no. 6 Stefan Gistafsson (EU), prize presented by Greg Dinges.
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The Cole Haan Near Pin Contest winner on hole no. 15 Yoko Kudo (NA), prize presented by Greg Dinges.
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Left Matias Leroy (NA), the winner of the TaylorMade Driving Contest prize, presented by Mark Sheldon-Allen, Vice President of TaylorMade Golf.
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Paul Braganza (NA), the winner of the Laureus Driving Contest prize, presented by Mercedes Benz Japan CFO Stefan Albrecht
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The Best Net female golfer, Minako Tanaka (EU) receives the trophy from task force member Bob Melson.
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Kintaro Ueno of MBJ presents the Individual Winner's Trophy to Philip Deane (EU).
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Second best net, Tsutomu Taguchi (NA)
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Third best net, Timothy Campbell (EU). He was also Third Best Gross.
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Best Gross, Keith Allen (EU).
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Ladies Best Gross, Yumiko Akasaka(NA) - 79!.
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Second Best Gross, Dean Rogers (NA).
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Kieron Cashell, No. 6, finally won what he always wanted!
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Yasunori Takeuchi, no. 8, choose a Neato Robotics prize.
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Itaru Kagoshima, no. 11, went for Stihl prize.
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Nick Berry, No. 13, went for Philips prize.
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Sid Lloyd, no. 18, also picks a Philips prize.
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A big Stihl prize for a small lady, Yumiko Akasaka was net 26 even though she scored fourth best gross. That's sometimes the curse of shin-peria.
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Happy winners all over the place!
Drawings Prizes
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Winner of the first Genki Art Media prize, presented by Aron Kremer.
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Winner of the second Genki Art Media prize, presented by Aron Kremer.
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Winner of the DoubleTree by Hilton Naha prize, presented by Henry Yamaguchi (left).
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Winner of the Hilton Osaka prize, presented by Henry Yamaguchi (left).
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Winner of the Conrad Tokyo prize, presented by Henry Yamaguchi (right).
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Winner of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo prize, presented by Thomas Zaleski (right).
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Winner of the first Haefele prize, presented by Karl Hahne (right).
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Winner of the second Haefele prize (Helio Tent), presented by Karl Hahne (right).
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Winner of the third Haefele prize (Helio Tent), presented by Karl Hahne (right).
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Winner of the Swiss International Airlines prize presented by Donald Bunkenburg (right).
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Winner of the Air Canada prize, presented by Soichiro Sasabuchi (left).
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Winner of the Finnair prize, presented by Hiroaki Nagahara (right).
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Winner of the United Airlines prize, presented by Naoki Ohyama.
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The winner of the top prize from Chanel, a limited edition J12 watch, presented by Yasutaka Nakagawa (left). The winner seems to be a bit shell-shocked, he played in same groups with Nakagawa-san...
The Trophy
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The winner is announced. European Team Captain Carl Eklund raises his arms in the background.
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European Team Captain Carl Eklund receives the trophy from Kintaro Ueno and Greg Dinges.
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Celebrations start almost in the fashion of the Ryder Cup, after which our event is loosely modelled.
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The winning European Team
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