195 golfers take part in India House golf tournament
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.