IMG_20160502_141517With only four weeks left to the Sixth Annual Golf Tournament I am meeting part of the winning team of 2015 tournament over for a typical Swedish fika discussing strategies about how to defend their title.

Despite that the clock has almost turned 5 PM, people are typing on their computers with high intensity. The pace at Townsend is high and you feel the startup-atmosphere in the walls. In the office at the Swedish- American Chamber of Commerce I’m meeting part of the winning team of 2015 Annual Golf Tournament for a typical Swedish fika.

Digging in on the classic cinnamon buns they explain their relationship to SACC-SF/SV. They are both heavily involved in the chamber, Anders has recently stepped down from the board after twenty years engagement and Patrick is the chamber’s most generous wine sponsor.

There was no question about not participating in the tournament for Anders and Patrick. Both of them are experienced golf players and have attended the tournament many times before. But last year was the first time they stepped up on the podium as winners. You can’t avoid noticing their competitive spirit. Once I ask about the secret formula to winning they both passionately start talking about strategies. Patrick points out the importance of the concept. “Since it is a scramble you need to re-think your strategy. Everything is determined by the team’s “best ball” and it is therefore crucial to have one solid team member so that the three other can play more aggressively. Otherwise you are not able to score a birdie” he explains. With eager in his voice Anders also mentions the importance of the putting. “If you make more than 2 puts on a green you are out!”

The enthusiastic tone shines through and when I ask them about why somebody should attend the golf tournament they quickly respond that it is a perfect opportunity to start the weekend one day earlier, and also get introduced to new friends and fellows from all around the world. The international atmosphere brings the contestants closer and creates a strong spirit between the chambers from Sweden, Great Britain and Australia. As winners of the tournament last year, they have a title to defend. A title they are very eager to defend. When they evaluate their chances to win, they become modest. One of the team members, Dave, recently injured his back and will not be able to participate this year, something they consider really has decreased their chances on the trophy. However they clearly express that they are now in the recruitment process of finding a new excellent team member.

The question remains, will they be able to defend their title? Both of them start to laugh, – Now when we have revealed our strategies and are one team member short it will definitely be tougher for us, but we will try to give everybody some tough competition. Either way they will definitely participate and help the Swedish- American Chamber of Commerce to defend the title!

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