Gallery from the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup 2018

Photos: Clas Bystedt, Tohru Okamura, Shotaro Imazu and Jim Zang.

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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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Our bus arriwing, but too high to fit under the rentrance roof...
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EU Team Captain Carl Eklund checking in.
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Reception desks and title sponsors displays in the club house lobby
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At the North American reception desk, David Anderson and Bob Melson.
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Briefing in front of club hoouse before the start of play.
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A Mercedes-Benz G Class in a suitable environment and the Cole Haan shoes would do good as well!
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The Team Captains, left Carl Eklund (EU) and right Shachin Shah (NA), prepared to take their teams out. Center Robert Blank. Kintaro Ueno far right still preparing his bag.
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Preparing carts. Need 40 carts to accommodate 155 players.
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Group 10A on the way to their first hole, Erik Ullner gives thumbs up.
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Paul Jones made a return to the tournament after 14 years, looking forward to the day.
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Groups 1A, 1B and 1C on the first tee, hole sponsored by Chanel. From left: Karl Hahne, Takehisa Seki, Donald Bunkenburg, Hiroaki Nagahara, Ikuma Suzuki, Paul Kezin, Carl Eklund, Sachin N. Shah, Robert Blank, Kintaro Ueno and Kiyo Weiss.
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Groups 10A, 10B and 10C on the 10th tee, from left: Kjell Yadon, Veli Solehmainen. Clas Bystedt, Glen Sugimoto, Erik Ullner, Stefan Albrecht, Aron Kremer, Hiroyuki Tonami, Eriko Kawabe, Hiroshi Ariizumi and Kenichi Negita.
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A lot of activities on No. 10.
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YMCA charity shot and Near Pin competitions, both sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.
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Kenichi Negita makes his contribution.
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Hiroyuki Tonami makes his first shot of the day, at no. 10.
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The 'Star Alliance' hole, United Airlines players Hiroyuki Tonami and Eriko Kawabe on the 12th hole sponsored by Lufthansa. At right Kenichi Negita and Hiroshi Ariizumi.
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Group 9A on and around the 12th green. From left: David Anderson, Takayuki Ishikawa and William Ramsay.
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Group 10B on the 13th tee.
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Group 6B on the 13th Driving Contest hole Sponsored by TaylorMade, from left: Richard Straughan, Jeremy Sampson, Michael Atkins and Jeff Roy.
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Kjell Yadon's drive on no. 13.
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Group 10C using the full width of the 13th fairway... Kjell Yadon far left, Veli Solehmainen far right, but Aron Kremer (and cameraman) dead-center...
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Nice wide view from the course, left 14th green, right 15th fairway.
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Group 7A, from left: Markus Kokko, Anna-Maria Wiljanen, Michael Wright and Joey Wu.
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Group 2B on the 3rd tee, from left: Joseph Peters, John Harrington, Christopher Mack and Matti Ranta.
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The Team Captains on the 2nd green, Sachin Shah putting while Carl Eklund watching.
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Group 2B on the 5th tee, from left: Pierre Gaulis, Gereon Niemeier, Ryan Hart and Andrew Yeung.
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Nice wide view from the course, and a bit of sun!
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Group 7A on the 11th tee, Joey Wu hitting her drive, followed by Anna-Maria Wiljanen, Markus Kokko and Michael Wright.
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Veli Solehmainen putting with claw-grip on tho. 14, followed by Kjell Yadon.
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Eriko Kawabe, Hiroyuki Tonami and Hiroshi Ariizumi enjoying the Warsteiner beer at the rest house on no. 15.
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An early burger, hot dog and chicken nugget lunch for Kjell Yadon. Golf makes you hungry...
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Group 12C on the 15th with a Near Pin contest by Cole Haan and Hole-in-one prize by Air Canada.
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Group 12C with their caddie on the 18th hole sponsored by Finnair.
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Group 8A, Hiroaki Sugawara, Wataru Suzuki, Akira Hoshino and Masaoki Fujita on hole no. 16 sponsored by New Era.
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One of the Charity Shot holes, no. 6 sponsored by Cole Haan.
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Nice bunker shot!
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Veli Solehmainen's tee-shot on no. 18.
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The top group starts it's second half on the Charity hole no. 10. Mercedes-Benz Kintaro Ueno shows good example with a donation on the hole they sponsored...
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Group 10B starting the second half on hole no. 1, 'on the tee, representing Europe, Kenichi Negita'.
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Mercedes-Benz Near Pin prize on no. 3.
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Veli Solehmainen tries to hit the 3rd green. This was a very difficult uphill par-3 with 9 bunkers. Caused a pile up of 2-3 groups.
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Group 3B, Keith Allen, Peter Aldrian, Steven Lo and Samuel Wong on hole no. 4 sponsored by Warsteiner.
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Kjell Yadon on promotional duty for Warsteiner, sponsor of the 4th hole.
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Not approved by R&A nor USGA, but what wouldn't we do for our sponsors...
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Group 18B, Stephen Irish, Manabu Fukuda, Nobuaki Tanaka and Kervin Go, on the 9th hole sponsored by United Airlines.
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Group 4B, Hiroshi Ishiwata, Shinobu Sakanoshita, Tetsuo Hoshiya and Takeshi Kase on the 7th tee, sponsored by Air Canada.
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Group 1B, Near Pin contest and YMCA Charity shot at no. 5, both sponsored by Cole Haan.
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The par-3 5th, at this point the drizzle started.
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The rain gets a bit heavier on the 8th hole.
Party & Prizes
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Enjoying drinks and food before start of the prize ceremony.
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The prize table
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Erik Ullner, EU task force member and EBC EOB member, and one of the founders of the event, making opening remarks.
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Clas Bystedt, for whom this was the last tournament, thanks the players, sponsors, task-force and supporters for a great cooperation during the 16 years.
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Task force member Bob Melson was the MC of the proceedings.
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Greetings from the Title Sponsors, Kintaro Ueno, President, Mercedes-Benz Japan and Ryan Hart, Vice President & General Manager, Asia Pacific, Cole Haan.
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Ryan Hart speaks.
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The Team Captains speeches; Carl Eklund, EBC Vice Chairman and Sachin N. Shah, ACCJ President share a good laugh.
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Sachin N. Shah, ACCJ President speaks.
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The Mercedes-Benz Near Pin Contest winners on hole no. 3 Itaru Kagoshima (NA), presented by Mercedes-Benz Japan CFO Stefan Albrecht.
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The Mercedes-Benz Near Pin Contest winners on hole no. 10 Minako Tanaka (EU), presented by Mercedes-Benz Japan CFO Stefan Albrecht.
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The Cole Haan Near Pin Contest winner on hole no. 6 Robert Blanck (NA), prize presented by Ryan Hart.
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The Cole Haan Near Pin Contest winner on hole no. 15 Ikuma Suzuki (EU), prize presented by Ryan Hart.
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Matias Leroy (NA), the winner of the TaylorMade Driving Contest prize, presented by task-force member David Anderson.
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Dean Rogers (NA), the winner of the Laureus Driving Contest prize, presented by Mercedes-Benz Japan CFO Stefan Albrecht.
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Kintaro Ueno of Mercedes-Benz Japan won the Individual Winner's Trophy by MBJ. As he had to leave early, Aya Kono received it from Stefan Albrecht.
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The Best Net female golfer, Minako Tanaka (EU) receives the Cole Haan trophy from Ryan Hart.
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Second best net, Hisanori Murata (EU)
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Third best net, Keith Allen(EU).
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Best Gross, Dean Rogers (NA) - 75.
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Ladies Best Gross, Yumiko Akasaka (NA) - 85.
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Second and third Best Gross had same score, but Steven Thomas (EU), right, won the 'jankenpon' tiebreaker so Paul Jones (NA) had to settle for the Third Place Trophy.
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William Ramsay (EU), no. 4, choose a Philips prize. Almost more than he could handle...
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Veli Solehmainen (EU), no. 8, still got a great prize.
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Tim Paech (right) was 12th and Toshimichi Kida 13th, both selected Philips prizes, presented by task-force member David Andersson.
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Motoki Yoshihama was 14th, selected a Stihl prize, presented by task-force member David Andersson.
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Takashi Hirai (18th) also selected a Philips prize.
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Nobuhiko Mijaji (26) still got a Stihl prize, presented by task-force member Kjell Yadon.
Drawings Prizes
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Winner of the first Genki Art Media prize presented by Aron Kremer (left).
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Winner of the second Genki Art Media prize presented by Aron Kremer (right).
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Winner of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Naha Shuri Castle prize, presented by task-force member Erik Ullner (left).
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Winner of the Hilton Osaka prize, presented by task-force member Erik Ullner (right).
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Winner of the Hilton Tokyo Bay prize, presented by task-force member Erik Ullner (right).
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Winner of the Conrad prize, presented by task-force member Erik Ullner (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 Swiss International Airlines prize presented by Donald Bunkenburg.
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Winner of the Air Canada prize, presented by Kiyo Weiss.
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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 Hiroyuki Tonami (left).
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The winner of the top prize from Chanel, a Camélia Collection Bracelet, presented by Ikuma Suzuki.
The Trophy
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Waiting for announcement of winning team: Stefan Albrecht, Mercedes-Benz Japan and Ryan Hart, Cole Haan with the trophy and European Team Captain Carl Eklund and stand-in NA Team Captain James Feliciano.
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European Team Captain Carl Eklund celebrates.
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European Team Captain Carl Eklund receives the trophy from Stefan Albrecht, Mercedes-Benz Japan and Ryan Hart, Cole Haan.
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The winning European Team
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