indian ambassador’s cup golf : Embassy all set for envoy cup

Kathmandu, May 3 :

The annual Indian Ambassador’s Cup Golf Tournament is teeing off on the greens of the Royal Nepal Golf Club in Kathmandu on Friday.

Since its inception in 1984, the tournament has gained new height, popularity and enthusiasm coming to this day. The growing numbers of the participants provide the evidence of the success of the tournament.

According to Major Rakesh Bhardwaj, Assistant Military Attache at the Embassy of India and the event coordinator, a total of 80 amateur golfers including six ladies will take part in the two-day tournament.

“As it is not possible for all the 80 golfers to play on the same day, we have made it a two-day event from this year,” Bhardwaj said. Twenty golfers will try their hand on the opening day and others will play on May 6.

The event will be played under stable ford format with full handicap — upto 18. The invitational tournament for the amateur golfers will witness foreign diplomats and high-ranking Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) officials swing their clubs along with the members of the RNGC.

According to Bhardwaj, ambassador of the Indian Embassy Shiv Shanker Mukerjee will also participate along with envoys from the United States and Malaysia and the Chief of the Army Staff Pyar Jung Thapa.

To motivate and encourage golf, the organisers, Indian Embassy, is awarding players in 18 differents categories. Apart from awarding winner and runner up in both the men and women’s sections, the embassy will also award the top two golfers in the veterans (above 45), and below 45 categories.

Also there are prizes for the top two golfers in the 1-9 handicap and 10-18 sections. Other prize categories include longest drive, nearest to the pin, ladies putting competition and booby award. The best among the participating ambassadors will also be awarded.

Ladies putting competition will be organised for the non-golfers while booby prize is included to encourage a poor finisher in the tournament.

“The objective of organising the tournament is, basically, to encourage golf. It is also a goodwill gesture,” Bhardwaj said. “The event also provide a good opportunity for the diplomats to interact with the common people,” he added.

Gopal Baglay, Counsellor, Press, Information and Culture at the Embassy of India, said that the tournament was taken as entertaining event rather than a competition.