On a warm Sunday afternoon, 87 golfers got together at the Madras Gymkhana Golf Course to participate in the Chennai leg of the LLOYD Business Today Pro-Am.
The par-70 golf course, playing about 6,258 yards off the regular tees, is known for its tricky roughs, with tall and prickly grass bordering most fairways. The course is unique, being situated within the 2,400-m oval of the Guindy race course. With over 50 bunkers, most of them guarding the relatively small-sized inverted saucer greens, the course poses a tough challenge to golfers due to the ever-changing winds.
Played on Stableford format with Double Peoria handicap, the afternoon witnessed some keen golf with players vying for individual as well as team prizes.
The winning team comprising Suman Ranjeet M. (Vasan Book House), Ravi Kuppusamy (BAssure Solutions), Udaynarayana G. M. and Suresh Bethavandu prevailed with a combined score of 101 points.
The team comprising Karun Jacob (Agility Logistics), Abhay Doshi (Conpro Enterprises), Krishnakumar B. (Automobile Consultant) and Sandeep Dhingra (Standard Chartered Scope International) finished Runners Up with 99 points.
Among the Individual prize winners, Ranjeet M. was the winner with 36 points in the 0-10 handicap category; Sundar K. (KS Consultant) with 35 points was the winner in the 11- 18 handicap category and Venkatachalam K. V. scored 36 stableford points to win in the 19-24 handicap slot.
The S-Cross, up for grabs for a Hole-in-One on the sixth hole, was nearly claimed by Abhay Doshi, who missed out narrowly. The 4moles Closest to Pin contest on the fourth hole was won by Darshan V. (Amaya Properties), while Yogesh Luthra (Sriram Paper) was adjudged as the 'Nautica Most Stylish Golfer'.
Some of the other eminent golfers who participated amongst the corporate bigwigs of Bangalore included Ravi Viswanathan, Senior Vice President, Tata Consultancy Services; Srikanth K., Capgemini; Hemantkumar Sinha, CMD, Tamil Nadu Small Industries Corporation; Chandrasekar R., Executive Vice Chairman, Cognizant Technology Solutions; Parthasarathy SV, EVP & Head, Consumer Finance, Induslnd Bank; Ramaswamy P., Vice President, Bank of New York Mellon; Capt. Chandrasekar, Indigo Airlines; Krishnan, President, Star Line Travels; Thiyagarajan S, Vice President, Mantra; Mohan Rajan, CEO, Rajan Eye Care Hospital, and Sherif Dyan, Chairman, M. Sherif & Sons.
The day's action culminated with the prize distribution ceremony, followed by dinner. The winning team also earned themselves a place in the Pro-Am Finals to be held in Delhi in March 2016.
LLOYD Electric & Engineering is the Co-title sponsor; S-Cross, the 'Driven By' sponsor; Nautica, the style partner; 4moles, the digital partner and Creatigies, the marketing partner of the event.