195 golfers take part in In­dia House golf tour­na­ment

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The In­dian em­bassy in Bhutan or­ga­nized the five- day In­dia House Golf Tour­na­ment 2016 at the In­dia House Golf Course in Thim­phu from 1 to 5 Novem­ber 2016.

Sixty- eight par­tic­i­pants made the cut to the fi­nals played on 4 and 5 Novem­ber.

Karma Pila Rang­drol won the tour­na­ment and re­ceived a KUV car spon­sored jointly by Singye Agen­cies Lim­ited and Mahin­dra and Mahin­dra Lim­ited.

Ganesh Sarki made the max­i­mum birdies in the com­pe­ti­tion while Ugyen Dorji Yougs made hole in once dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Veteran Cham­pion ti­tle went to Ma­jor He­mant Gu­rung while Jamyang Cho­den was the win­ner in the girls’ ju­nior cat­e­gory, fol­lowed by Dechen Wangdi in the boys’ cat­e­gory.

Max­i­mum birdies were won by Dechen Dema. There were a to­tal of 195 golfers of which 28 young­sters – 19 boys and nine girls – par­tic­i­pated in the ju­nior event en­thu­si­as­ti­cally.

The 22 at­trac­tive prizes were re­ceived by 13 from the se­nior cat­e­gory and nine from the ju­nior cat­e­gory in terms of cash and kind, in­clud­ing Tsh­er­ing Yangchen who was awarded youngest par­tic­i­pant prize.

How­ever, the In­dia Golf Course was not with­out chal­lenges since it was one of the most chal­leng­ing tour­na­ments in Bhutan, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­nizer.

A sep­a­rate cat­e­gory of the tour­na­ment for ju­niors was held on 22 Oc­to­ber to com­mem­o­rate the aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion of the Coro­na­tion Day of His Majesty the King of Bhutan.

In his wel­come state­ment, Sec­re­tary of In­dia House Golf Club and Coun­sel­lor Raghav Bhatnagar said he ap­pre­ci­ated the en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse from the golf­ing com­mu­nity and com­mended the golfers on their sport­ing spirit.

The week-long tour­na­ment was or­ga­nized to strengthen and share close bond of friend­ship be­tween the peo­ples and in­sti­tu­tions of Bhutan and In­dia. He said that a tour­na­ment is a unique and tan­gi­ble di­men­sion.

His Royal High­ness Dasho Ji­gyel Ugyen Wangchuck and for- eign min­is­ter Ly­onpo Dam­cho Dorji graced the prize dis­tri­bu­tion cer­e­mony which was con­ducted on 6 Novem­ber at In­dia House Golf Course.

Other dig­ni­taries who at­tended the func­tion in­cluded the Chief Jus­tice of the Supreme Court, se­nior civil­ian and mil­i­tary of­fi­cials, Am­bas­sador of Bangladesh to Bhutan, and se­nior con­sti­tu­tional and gov­ern­ment func­tionar­ies, among oth­ers.

The spon­sors of the tour­na­ment in­cluded Singye Agen­cies and Mahin­dra Ltd., Druk Pun­jab Na­tional Bank, Mangdechu Hy­dropower Project Au­thor­ity, Pu­natshangchu Hy­dropower Project Au­thor­ity and Kho­longchu Hy­dro En­ergy Ltd.

The tour­na­ment ex- pects to en­cour­age more young play­ers and to be even more suc­cess­ful in the years to come. A mu­si­cal per­for­mance fol­lowed the prize dis­tri­bu­tion cer­e­mony.

A nine-hole golf course is lo­cated within the premises of In­dia House Es­tate, Em­bassy of In­dia, Thim­phu, which has been play­ing host to the pres­ti­gious In­dia House Golf Tour­na­ment since 1995.

The tour­na­ment, highly pop­u­lar among the golf­ing com­mu­nity of Bhutan, has since be­come an im­por­tant event in the sports calendar of the country.

The an­nual tour­na­ment com­mem­o­rates the oc­ca­sion of the Birth An­niver­sary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

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