Cloud cover blow for Everest golf tournament
A high-altitude golf tournament in the shadow of Nepal’s Mount Everest had to be called off over the weekend as most of the players could not fly in due to heavy cloud cover. A group of 40 golfers were meant to play at the base of Mount Kongde in Nepal’s Solukhumbu region, at a height of 4,250 metres, which organisers said made it the world’s highest altitude golf tournament. But bad weather with thick black clouds made it impossible for most helicopters to fly in for the tournament, organised to promote tourism in Nepal. Only four golfers made it in a small chopper to the one-hole course that had been prepared just below the snow-line. Only one of them managed to par the hole, while another bogeyed it.