1213 participants, 1627 rounds, played across 5 premier cities
New Delhi, May 4th, 2012: The prestigious Thomas Cook Indian Golf League tournament presented by Incredible India concluded on Friday, 27th of April 2012 with a Grand Finale that took place at the beautiful Classic Golf Resort, New Delhi. In its third edition, the league held across 5 cities, offered the largest open field golf event giving both professionals and amateurs the opportunity to participate. The winners included 5 times National Champion Vikram Rana for the Best Gross Stableford Score category, Mukta Malhotra for the Best Ladies Stableford Score, Lady Golfer Madhu Kaya for the Best Stableford score award (scored on 3/4th of original handicap) and National Champion Simarjeet Singh as the Overall Points Race Winner amongst others.
The Thomas Cook Indian Golf League provided unrestricted access to all golf enthusiasts to play and compete on a single platform, thereby creating one of the most unique playing fields seen in Indian Golf. This opportunity was created by Digraj Golf Inc. by leveraging unutilized playing capacities at golf courses in India. The Thomas Cook Indian Golf League also supported talent development by providing an opportunity for the top 2 playing caddies and juniors to participate and compete with seniors at challenging and beautiful golf courses. With 1200 participants playing over 1600 rounds of golf across 10 golf courses in 5 cities (Bangalore, Chandigarh, Srinagar, Mumbai and Delhi) this was one of the most enjoyable yet intense golf competitions held in India.
Top names from the Golfing World such as 5 times National Champions Vikramjit Singh and Ashok Malik, Asian gold medalist Amit Luthra, 3 times Sri Lankan National Champion Simarjeet Singh, National Players Vikram Rana and H S Kang, India’s leading amateur lady golfer Gauri Monga were all participants of this league. India’s top Lady Professional golfer Simi Mehra was also present at the inaugural function of Thomas Cook Indian Golf League. Corporate big-wigs and celebrities such as, Cricketer , Sangram Gaekwad, Sanjay Sharma (Ex Head - Swarovski India), Barun Das (CEO Zee Business), Vikram Mehta (Head – Shell India) and Vikram Bakshi (India Head - McDonalds) were all seen playing the league across different cities.
Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. was the title sponsor of the league while the Ministry of Tourism supported the league as its presenting sponsor. Elite Sponsors which included Oakley, Marriott Hotels, Indigo, Titleist, British Airways, Car Club, Embassy Group, Chi Kitchen and Bar and Tourism Malaysia got a unique platform to showcase their products to the crème de la crème of the Indian society. Zee Business was the official business television channel while 4Moles.com was the official online media partner.
Mr. Madhavan Menon, Managing Director, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd said, “Our brand resonates with a delightful blend of fun and business and The Thomas Cook Indian Golf League showcases this by giving our corporate and HNI consumers an ideal platform to network and play- on India’s finest golf courses. India offers a range of premium competitive courses for the sport and we are proud of our partnership with Incredible India & Digraj Golf to promote golf tourism to both our domestic and inbound customers.”
Commenting on the finale of the league, Mr. Digraj Singh from Digraj Golf said, “Besides promotion of the sport and domestic golf tourism opportunities, one of the fundamental objectives of the Thomas Cook Indian Golf League was to promote talent by providing them the opportunity to integrate and compete with all levels of golfers on top Indian courses and we are delighted to successfully accomplish the same.”
Following winners were announced at the Grand Finale:
Category : Winner
Best Gross Stableford Score : Vikram Rana (38 Points)
Best Stableford Score (on 3/4th of Original Handicap): Madhu Kaya (44 Points)
Best Stableford Score (on Double Peoria Handicap): Cdr Rohit Garg (43 Points)
Best Ladies Stableford Score (on 3/4th of Original Handicap): Mukta Malhotra (40 Points)
Best Junior’s Stableford Score (on 3/4th of Original Handicap): Saurabh Rathee (42 points)
Overall Points Race Winner : Simarjeet Singh (185 Points)
Invited Dignitaries Best Stableford Score (on 3/4th of Original Handicap): Saran Prasad (39 Points)
Prizes offered at the final event included golfing and stay packages by Malaysian Tourism, International and Domestic Tickets by IndiGo, International stays by Marriott, Oakley sunglasses, golf bags and products from Titleist and special Lladro golfer trophy by Embassy.
About the Thomas Cook Golf League
The 3rd edition of the Thomas Cook Golf Indian League took place across 5 cities (Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Srinagar), 10 golf courses and offered 20 Qualifying tournaments + 1 Grand Finale. The total number of participants exceeded 1200 with over 1600 rounds of golf played.
The league offered distinctive scoring formats which were scored concurrently, providing an opportunity for all levels of golfers. The serious golfers were scored in the Gross Stableford format while the regular golfers were scored on the Nett Stableford format and played off 75% of their original handicaps. New golfers without a handicap were scored off a handicap system called the “Double Peoria” system. In this system, the players got a handicap for the day, based on a certain formula. In this manner, all levels of golfers got to compete together. As a special incentive, there were prizes on offer for lady golfers and also senior golfers above 75 years in age.
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