RNGC raise Rs 101,111 from charity tournament

KATHMANDU: The Royal Nepal Golf Club (RNGC) contributed Rs 101,111 to the Prime Minister Relief Fund for the medical aid of the victims of Rukum and Jajarkot districts from the Charity Golf Tournament here today.

Madhukar Yakthumba, President of the RNGC, handed over the cheque to Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Sharat Singh Bhandari. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Bhandari thanked the club for their generous support. “I would like to thank the RNGC and the golfers for their contribution to the people who are in dire need of support,” said Bhandari.

Yakthumba also thanked the golfers and contributors for their support. “This is just a small drop in the ocean but we are contribution for the noble case,” he said. “This is not the first time we have made such efforts,” he added. The RNGC had also organised the charity tournament for the Koshi victims last year.

Played under the stableford 3/4 handicap format, Raj Pradhan won the evetn with the scores of 38 points, while Pradeep Bikram Rana finished second at 36 points. Pradhan also won the longest drive award at the Hole No 11.

Sandhya Rai scored 31 points to win the ladies title, ahead of Sumitra Dayananda (27). Maj Mani Prasad Rai won the senior section with 31 points, while Roop Lama came second in count back with 29 points.

Srihar SJB Rana carded two birdies to claim the most birdies award, whereas Madan Rana bagged the closest to the pin award. A total of 54 golfers including six ladies took part in the tournament. Minister Bhandari gave away prizes.

RNGC get minister’s assurance

KATHMANDU: Minsiter for Tourism and Civil Aviation Sharat Singh Bhandari on Saturday assured the Royal Nepal Golf Club of extending the lease for the next term. “You will get the land until there is any extention of the Tribhuvan International Airport. There is no point of taking back this land,” said the Minister while addressing the presentation ceremony of the Charity Golf Tournament.

The RNGC lease term expires by the end of the yera and the oldest golf club of the country has already applied for extension. “The 20-year lease term is expiring this December and we have already asked the Tourism and Civil Aviation Ministry for the extention,” said Yakthumba. “The lease term is automatically extended for the next 20 years unless the ministry requires land for the airport,” he informed.