KC clinches golf crown

Kathmandu, October 14

Brig Gen (retd) Kumar KC won the title of the amateur tournament played under the Ghana Shyam’s Professional Golden Jubilee Golf Championship here at the Royal Nepal Golf Club today.

KC accumulated 40 points to win the overall trophy of the tournament sponsored by Nepal’s first pro and two-time World Cup participant Ghana Shyam Thapa to mark his 50 years in professional golf. Lt Col Bishnu Karki came second with 39 points.

Phuntshok N Lama won the gross section title with 35 points. Rekha Ghimire lifted the women’s category trophy with 34 points, while Arshiya Banu came second on count back after she was tied on 31 points with top woman amateur golfer Pratima Sherpa.

Likewise, Brig Gen (retd) BB Thapa won the senior section trophy with 37 points, while Maj Gen (retd) Ram Bahadur Gurung was second with 33 points. Maj (retd) Narendra Kumar Rai claimed the super senior category award with 33 points, whereas Dr Bhek Bahadur Thapa was the octogenarian winner.

Shaswat Pradhan lifted the junior section title with 21 points, while Nirvaan Sharma was second with 14 points. Mithun Rai won the 0-9 handicap category title with 35 points, while Rabindra Tiwari bagged the 10-18 handicap section trophy with 36 points and Prince Bhandari came first in 19-24 handicap category with 38 points.

Other winners of the tournament included Tashi Ghale (most birdies), Phuntshok N Lama (longest drive), Mahendra Kanta Mainali (closest-to-the-pin) and Nirakar Sherpa (booby prize). A total of 78 players took part in the tournament which was played under stableford full handicap format.

Chief of the Army Staff General Rajendra Chhetri, Chairman and founder of Himalayan Bank Himalaya SJB Rana, RNGC President Rabindra Man Shrestha, Captain NK Rai and Nepal Golf Association President Tashi Ghale among others handed over the prizes to the winners.

The event was part of Ghana Shyam’s Professional Golden Jubilee Golf Championship. Nepal No 1 pro Shivaram Shrestha won main event on Thursday with 72-hole total score of 12-under 260, while his elder brother Jayaram came second at 267 and Bhuvan Nagarkoti was at 268.