A week after Mumbai's Willingdon Sports Club played host to 80-plus executives at the Business Today Lloyd Pro-Am of Champions 2015, nearly 90 corporate honchos converged at the Eagleton Golf Resort off the Bangalore-Mysore highway for the event's second leg on February 28. The enthusiastic golfers teed-off at 8 am on a sunny Saturday.
For Kalyan Ganguly, President and Managing Director of United Breweries, the event was an opportunity to meet new and interesting people. And for Carl Dujardin of XSYSYS Technologies, "it was a well-organised tournament".
N. Nanda Kishore, Vice President, Business Outcome Services, Wipro, won the 0 to 10 Handicap category, with a massive total of 41 points. Interestingly, he has been playing golf regularly for almost a decade now. "I came with a lot of positive energy and it was a very good fourball that I played with," said Kishore, who received a standing ovation when he won.
Other individual winners were Praveen Singhvi, MD of Mulder (India), in the 11 to 18 group, and A. Keshava Murthy, MD of Sumukha Enterprises, who topped the 19 to 24 category. For Singhvi, golf is a great stressbuster. "We enjoy more when we play with better players," he said.
Murthy started playing golf only a year ago. And of the six tournaments that he has participated in so far, he has won an impressive four, including this one. He was also part of the runners-up team comprising G.S. Ravi, CEO of Chemizol Additives, Chetan Meda, Chairman of Eagleton Golf Resort, and Anand Kumar Ashiya, Partner of Moksh Agarbatti.
The winning team featured Rajat Chanchani, Director of Ceebros Automation, Ajay Gopal, Chairman of Ajaxdotcom, Srikanth Gonuguntla, Consulting Director in Oracle Financial Services, and Jawahar Doreswamy, CEO of PES Institutions. Srikanth Babu Alladi, General Manager and Business Head, South, Lloyd Electric Engineering, gave away the prizes.Among the prominent corporate bigwigs who participated in the event were Anees Ahmed, CEO of Mistral Solutions, C.P. Murali, President of Aricent Technologies, Dinesh Malkani, President, India and SAARC, Cisco Systems, Mohan Sekhar, Senior MD of Accenture, Pradeep Kar, Chairman and MD of Microland, Tarandeep Singh, Partner and Engagement Practice Leader at Aon Hewitt, and Varun Berry, MD of Britannia Industries.
Lloyd Electric & Engineering, India's eminent consumer durables company, was the principal sponsor of the event, which was powered by Raymond. Ballantine's was the beverage partner, 4moles.com the digital partner, NEO Sports the TV partner, Creatigies took care of marketing, and the media partners included Golf Digest and Mail Today.