On a bright Saturday morning, golfers teed off at the Tollygunge golf club to participate in the Kolkata leg of the LLOYD Business Today Pro-Am.
The 18-hole, 70 par 100 acre all-season golf course, challenging for golfers of all skill levels yet rich in natural appeal, is an oasis of green nesting in the heart of urban Kolkata. A floodlit driving range and illuminated putting and chipping green give you an opportunity to hone your skills even after the sun has gone down.
Played on the Stableford format with Double Peoria handicap, the event witnessed golfers sweating it out to compete for individual as well as team prizes.
The winning team comprising Sharad Jhawar (Usha Carriers), Dasho Sonam Tshering (Royal Government of Bhutan), Lav Jhingan (Contemporary Brokers) and Satbinder Singh (Sen & Singh Engineers) prevailed with a combined score of 100 points.
The team comprising Dipankar Talukdar (ABC Tea Workers Welfare Services), Harsh Jhunjhunwala (BPJ Finance Company), Prasan Lohia (Merino Industries) and Prem Ratan Bagree (Asbesco) finished runners up with 98 points.
In the Individual category, A.K. Sareen (Ceratizit India) with 34 points was the winner amongst the 11- 18 handicap category and Praveen Agarwal (T P Shaw) scored 36 points to win in the 19-24 handicap slot.
Nobody made a hole-in-one on the 18th hole to claim the S-Cross, up for grabs for a Hole-in-One prize.
The '4moles Closest to Pin' contest on the sixth hole was won by Mayukh Roy (DBS Bank), while Rajan Vaswani (Wesman Group) was adjudged as 'Nautica Most Stylish Golfer'.
Some of the other eminent golfers who participated amongst the corporate bigwigs of Kolkata included Siddharth Punshi, Managing Director, J P Morgan; Amit Basu, Chief Internal Auditor, Tata Steel; Binod Bansal, Director, New Tea Company; Chirinjiv Singh Bedi, Managing Director, Rossell Tea; Deep Banerjee, Senior Associate Director, Standard Chartered Bank; Dinesh Agarwal, Partner, Ernst & Young; Indranil Chakravarty, Associate Vice President, Cognizant Technology; Joydeep Mukherjee, Head Coach, Cricket Association of Bengal; Karma Tshering Namgay, Consul General, Royal Bhutan Consulate and S.K. Menon, Independent Director, Tata Bluescope.
The day's action culminated with the prize distribution ceremony and lunch. The winning team also earned themselves a place in the Pro-Am Finals to be held in Delhi this month.
LLOYD Electric & Engineering is the co-title sponsor; S-Cross, the 'Driven By' sponsor; Nautica, the style partner; Ballantine's is beverage partner; 4moles, the digital partner and Creatigies, the marketing partner of the event.