The Golf Foundation 8th Invitational Fund Raiser Tournament was played at the Delhi Golf Club on the 26th of February 2021. A full house participation of over 100 golfers, which included the Camp of Excellence Juniors from Delhi Golf Club, showed up in strength at the bi-annual Fundraiser to lend support to a cause which is helping produce Golf Champions from India on a consistent basis, especially players from underprivileged and marginalised backgrounds.
The Tournament was inaugurated by a customary 4 player “inaugural tee shots” by Chairman Tournament Committee DGC – Lt Gen Balbir Singh Sandhu (Retd), Founder President Golf Foundation – Amit Luthra, CEO Golf Foundation – Angad Luthra and Golf Foundation protégé Khushi Hooda.
Played with a two person Team Scramble Format, handicap calculated as 50% of the average of the two player’s individual handicaps, the pair of Sanjay Date and Dhiraj Jha combined tremendously to emerge Winners with a score of Nett 57 (15 Under par) while JC Pegu and RS Rawal finished Runners up with a score of nett 59 (13 under par). The father and son duo Tanishq Kalra and Nitin Kalra finished 2nd Runners up with a score of Nett 61 (11 under). The scores were low as all participants very generously bought mulligans, to support the cause and were also helped by razor sharp shots by the Golf Foundation athletes on course.
The Tournament saw several very interesting innovations woven into the experience for all participants. Besides the skills contests and innovative activities on course, four of the talented Golf Foundation wards were on the course displaying their talent. Khushi Hooda helped the participants on the 2nd hole with her drives, Savdeep Kadian helped with approach shots on the 15th hole while Rakshit Dhaiya and Yash Chaudhary helped the participants with putts on the 11th and 16th holes respectively. The assistance was in the form of the Golf Foundation kids playing shots from the same locations as the participants, who then had the choice of using their own shots or those played by the talented kids.
It is a testimony to the fact that the efforts of the Golf Foundation are being acknowledged by the golfing world when the event witnessed a huge turnout and tremendous sponsorship support inspite of the COVID situation. And they were rewarded with great weather, a golf course in pristine condition and innovations and prizes galore. The overall experience was good enough to bear with the COVID protocols and the consensual feedback was that the participants had an unforgettable experience.
Conferred the prestigious, “Rashtriya Khel Protshan Puruskar”(highest Award for Sports Promotion in India) by the Honorable President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind in 2017, the Golf Foundation’s efforts in this event were supported ably by sponsors and organisations
PGTI, IGU, Delhi Golf Club, Lotus Herbals, SRF welfare, Nucleus, STL Fasteners, Ester Industries, Manish R Jaitha, T&T Motors, Holtec, EXL, Havells, ONGC, Matrix Clothing, Group L, Imperial Hotel, Truefitt & Hill, DLF, Col Kebab’s, Suryaa Hotel, Scottish High, 360, Pro Impact Sports, Spark Advertising, Sonata Information & Technology and Golf Plus. The event was managed by Digraj Golf Inc. Thanks to all the sponsor’s the Golf Foundation raised Rs 42 lacs for the cause, through the event.
Results at a Glance:.
ON COURSE OVERALL SKILLS PRIZES
- The Golf Foundation Closest to the Bunker: Winner: RS Rawal
- Imperial “Closest to the Pin”: Winner: Ajay Kumar, Runner Up – Pawan Saluja
- The Golf Foundation Furthest from the Centre line Winner: Gagan Verma
- Suryaa “Longest Drive” Winner: Anshul Kabthiyal
MAIN TOURNAMENT PRIZES
2ND RUNNER UP TEAM – Tanishq K Kalra & Nitin Kalra
RUNNER UP TEAM – JC Pegu & RS Rawal
WINNING TEAM – Dhiraj Jha & Sanjay Date