The annual Nordic Open Golf Day 2023 took place 3 March at Moore Park Golf in Sydney. What a day we had with 19 teams, 76 players and an extra 20 participants celebrating with us in Nordic spirit at the post-golf lunch and networking event.

The Nordic Open Golf Day has become a popular and sold out event within the Nordic and Estonian business communities. A great “day in the office” with fantastic networking opportunities in a relaxed setting, but the competition for the trophy is still on!

Female and male players, at all levels, take part in a mix of corporate and individual teams. The game is Ambrose, meaning each player hits from the tee-off and then chooses the best ball and continues from there with every player again hitting from this spot. The combined strokes are then counted for each team minus the team handicap to calculate the overall Ambrose score. Via the Moore Park Golf app players could follow the interactive scorecards and live leader board, which added to the comp.

The Nordic Open Golf Day Trophy winner for 2023 was Sweden with corporate team EQT Partners, with Matt Woodman, Harry Byrnes Howes, James Webb and Ryan Ter. The runner-up prize was also awarded to a Swedish team with Mikael Dahlgren, James Jennings, Carl Wallberg and Daniel Hallgren. Finland came in on third place with team Freely, Miksu Vaittinen, Mikko Mannerkorpi, Anssi Paatero and Will Crisp. Last year’s winning team SignUp Software, Sweden kept their spot in the trophy lineup in 4th place, with Magnus Perri, Michael Dawkings, Lachlan Jones and Svante Meijer.

Congratulations to the overall comp winners!

The Individual prizes female and male for Nearest to Pin and Longest Drive were won by Emma Karkvik, Volvo Car Australia and Jerry Yin, EQT Partners. Congrats, fantastic effort!

All players had a chance to win a brand new Volvo C40 Recharge Pure Electric with a hole-in-one on hole 10. No players were lucky or skilled to hit the hole in one but there was a close very attempt this year!

The on-time award sponsored by Galvin Watch Company went to Eero Toivanen, Business Finland. A Harahorn G&T was handed out to everyone who hit the green on hole 15 and there were some great lucky door prizes to be won by all players and lunch guests.

During the day we also ran the Nordic Putting Competition, which took place in front of the clubhouse throughout the day for golfers and lunch only participants. The winner of the 2023 Putting comp with a HiO was Lachlan Jones from team SignUp Software, runner up was Julian Gaillard from Veolia and second runner up was Ryan Ter from EQT Partners.

Well done to all who took part in the Nordic Putting comp!

Guest of honour at this year’s Nordic Open Golf Day was the Ambassador of Finland to Australia, HE Satu Mattila-Budich, who in her speech highlighted the importance of the Nordic collaboration and what a great joint effort this event resulted in.

The Nordic and Estonian Chambers were delighted and especially thank Ambassador Mattila-Budich and Mr Martin Henrik Budich for taking part in the Nordic Open Golf Day 2023 networking lunch.

Danish Connect was represented by their President David McLellan, Anssi Paatero represented FACC, EACCI by President Marianna Jolla, NACC by President Sophia Demetriades Toftdahl and SACC by President Jan Gardberg and Camilla Jennings General Manager, SACC.

Thank you to all chamber representatives and volunteers for your support and contribution to making this event happen!

We would like to express a special thank you to all Event Sponsors; Volvo Car Australia, Fiskars, Freely, Elekta, EQT Partners Australia and SignUp Software.

A big thank you also goes to all Prize Sponsors; Galvin Watch Company, BourkeHood, Harahorn Gin, Beeautify, Caddie Snacks, Fika, Nordic Fusion, Marimekko, Milla’s Vineyard Wines and Moore Park Golf.  A final thank you to all participants and to the Nordic and Estonian Chambers for kicking off this event for the 7th year and to Moore Park Golf Club for hosting this annual event.

We look forward to next year’s Nordic Open Golf Day, which is planned to be held Friday 1 March 2024.  We welcome new event ideas, feedback and if you would like to get involved please contact us: sacc@swedishchamber.com.au

See the event summary with images here