A team representing Johnnie Walker capitalised on a couple of high-flying recruits to win the fifth leg of the Ericsson Corporate Golf League played at the Hong Kong Golf Club. The team, comprising Cathay pilots Carl Boddy and Greg Conley, his son Ben Conley and Claes Rydberg, scored 87 points under a Stableford better ball pairs format to beat Standard Chartered on a countback on Fanling's New Course. Playing under conditions where temperatures hovered above 31?C, Boddy recorded net birdies on the last four holes of the 6,531-yard course to give his team the win. The hot weather took its toll on the 64-man field with two players failing to finish after succumbing to heat stroke. Johnnie Walker collected 30 points, moving the team from 10th to 7th in the overall league standings. American International Underwriters (AIU) finished third and lead the league standings by 13 points from Ernst & Young/MeesPierson. Rydberg, director and general manager of Riche Monde Hong Kong, distributors of Johnnie Walker, said the foursome was unusual in that it comprised consumers rather than customers. 'It was a totally unexpected win. We didn't quite know their standards but it just all came together,' he said. 'We paired the high handicappers with the low handicappers and it worked out well because when one person played a bad shot the other player came through.' Ben Conley, a student of modern history at St Andrews University, near the famed golf course in Scotland, said he had arrived in the territory that morning after a 12-hour flight from Paris in an aircraft piloted by his father. The 19 handicapper said fatigue was not a factor. 'I've played at St Andrews and this was quite different. There's no 40-knot winds but the humidity makes up for it,' he said. 'There were no star performers only consistent performances. We gelled as a team and came together at the right times.' In the individual prizes, Priscilla Lam, a chartered accountant playing for Alfred Dunhill, was the big winner, collecting the STAR TV longest drive (open to women only this time) and an Ericsson GF788 mobile phone in a lucky draw. Lam hit her five-wood about 180 yards on the 437- yard par-5 14th to win a Calloway Big Bertha driver. 'This was my first day playing woods . . . before I was only playing irons so I felt very lucky. I just went for it and connected nicely,' she said. Ralph Ng, managing director of Borsalino, won the Alfred Dunhill best dressed award, and Kevin Hepworth, the South China Morning Post 's chief sports sub-editor, won a golf bag in the nearest-the-pin competition. He hit his ball to within nine inches of the flag stick on the 128-yard 13th. 'It was a nine iron struck sweetly,' said Hepworth. 'It never looked like it was going to be far away. 'The boys were cheering as soon as it left the club face but, being a bit of a pessimist, I waited until it landed. It was a reward for lots of hard work and practice.' With a tournament on July 15 at Fanling scheduled to complete the Ericsson Corporate Golf League, the combined team of Ernst & Young/MeesPierson will probably have to win the final leg if it hopes to overtake American International Underwriters (AIU) for top spot in the overall standings. AIU would have to finish with 16 points or less, an unlikely scenario. The top five teams in the league standings receive automatic berths to play in the regional finals of the JBA Corporate Golf League at Bintan, Indonesia, from October 17-19. The regional winners receive an all-expenses paid trip to play golf and attend the MasterCard Grand Slam of Golf in Hawaii on November 12 and 13. Rob Chipman, AIU's top player, said his team needed to sharpen up if it was to finish first. 'The pressure is there. There's a couple of other teams within striking distance and we need to play well and mix the team properly. The last event is Stableford individual so everybody needs to play well. 'In team events, one person can have an off day and it is not so bad so we'll be practising,' Chipman said.