Business Today Golf is back with record participations; corporate barons applaud event

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Anju Razdan, Siddharth Sangwan and Saurabh Sood won the ladies, 0 to 14 handicap, and 15 to 24 handicap categories of the inaugural Royal Ranthambore presents Business Today Golf 2022-23 edition at the Classic Golf and Country Club on Sunday.

With corporate Delhi turning out in force for the long-awaited return of India’s most exclusive, by-invitation golf tournament, presented by Royal Ranthambore, the Jack Nicklaus course was abuzz with activity throughout a cool, and crisp winter morning. Noted sports and lifestyle apparel brand Nautica, Indian Oil Corporation Rajasthan Tourism, and Titan Corporate Business Group were the other sponsors for the event.

India’s path-breaking woman golfer Simi Mehra and former India all-rounder Suresh Raina were the guests of honour at the well-attended and boisterous prize presentation ceremony held on the Classic course’s clubhouse lawns.

Raina, who has picked up golf in the past couple of years, took time out to play a few holes. “Just started playing,” he said with a smile. “It was fun out here today. This is a great game and I hope more and more people take to it. Thanks to BT Golf for putting together this fabulous event.”

“Business Today has always been a great supporter of women’s golf, and I believe even after the Covid, BT will continue to support women’s golf with a similar passion” said Simi Mehra.

A field of over a hundred golfers, including a good number women who joined the newly-introduced ladies section of the tournament teed off in chilly conditions but quickly warmed to the task of getting good scores on the card.

Response to the opening leg of the prestigious five-city BT Golf swing was enthusiastic. “This is an event I have been looking forward to ever since it was announced,” said MG Motors India Managing Director Rajeev Chaba. “It was a well-organised and well-run event as I expected it to be.”

For event winner Anju Razdan of the Zabarwan Foundation, it was a round that belied her handicap. “Normally I get to score somewhere near my handicap but today was a much better round than I normally play.”

An array of top names from the world of commerce and governance, sports stars and celebrities seemed to revel in conditions perfect for golf.

Commencing in 1996 as a standalone single-city Pro-Am, BT Golf evolved into one of India’s most-desired golf events for the next 22 years and its revival after a three-year break had sparked a flurry of interest. Besides Ms Razdan, 10-handicapper Pooja Ahluwalia was happy to make the most of the perfect day out.

“Other than leaving it short on my approach shots I had a good round,” Ms Ahluwalia said, “I was especially with my driving, got almost all my drives where they were supposed to go. With such good weather, it was a fun outing overall, and a well-organised tournament.”

The Classic Golf and Country Club, a championship course that has hosted several international tournaments in the past including its very own event on the top-tier Asian Tour for professional golfers, also presented a picture-perfect sight with beautifully-presented fairways and true greens.

The sporting world was represented by 1983 World Cup winner Madan Lal, former India left-arm spinner and noted commentator M. Kartik, 1982 Asian Games golf gold medallist and Arjuna awardee Amit Luthra, besides former India Davis Cupper Vishal Uppal.

While Kartik was appreciative of the occasion, he was a little disappointed with his own performance. “I’m a two-handicap and played five-over today so that was not great. Other than that I had a good time.”

Results of  Business Today Golf:

0-14 Handicap: Siddharth Sangwan (Winner), Avneet Vohra (Runner Up)

15-24 Handicap: Saurabh Sood (Winner), Pradyumn Tripathi (Runner Up)

Ladies: Anju Razdan (Winner), Nitu Agarwal (Runner Up)

Closest to pin: D.P. Singh

Straight drive: Pudu Hari Prasad.

Longest drive: Vivek Vasistha.




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