Indo Nippon Golf Cup lights up Golden Greens Golf Club
The tournament, founded by Mr Rahul Sharma and supported by Embassy of Japan; Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in India (JCCII ) and Ministry of External Affairs, witnessed more than 100 golfers including captains of the industry from both India and Japan; senior Bureaucrats, Government officials, acclaimed businessmen, CEO’s and key decision makers tee-off enthusiastically at the only links-style golf course in India.
At 7,100 yards, Golden Greens is one of the longest courses in the country and also one of the toughest.
Hiroto Nakagawa bagged the honours in the best Individual Stabelford (Nett) category for Japanese golfers, while Angad Luthra clinched the Indian category for the best gross score. Premjit Singh managed the best nett score for Indian golfers.
Neetu Aggarwal emerged the Best Ladies Individual Stableford (Nett) winner while Sonia Singh bagged the award for the best individual Stableford (Nett) score.
The prizes were jointly distributed by Mr Kenko Sone, Minister, Economic & Development, Embassy of Japan, India; Mr. Hiromichi Yagi, VP, JCCII, Mr. Kazuharo Kono, Secretary-General, JCCII, and Mr Rahul Sharma, Founder Indo Nippon Golf Cup.
The tournament was preceded by a gala networking dinner on Friday, February 2, 2018 at ASSOCHAM House, Delhi hosted by Mr. Rahul Sharma with more than 150 distinguished invitees from the Embassy of Japan, Japanese industry, and the concerned Indian fraternity.
“From the time Indo Nippon Golf Cup was conceived, my desire has been to promote social and economic relations of Japan and India using the sport of golf. I would like to thank Mr Kenko Sone, Minister, Economic & Development, Embassy of Japan, India; Mr. Hiromichi Yagi, VP, JCCII, Mr. Kazuharo Kono, Secretary General, JCCII, and Mr Vinod Jacob, Joint Secretary, Economic Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, for their unstinted support,” said Mr. Rahul Sharma.
“Hon’ble Prime Minister of Japan, Mr Shinzo Abe inaugurated India’s first bullet train project. The $19 billion project, using Japanese technology, will link Ahmedabad to India’s financial capital Mumbai and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2023. The 500-kilometre journey will be cut from eight hours now to just over two hours when services start. It marks the beginning of a new chapter in ties between India and Japan and we would like to explore more such opportunities and meet like-minded Indian business fraternity through Indo Nippon Golf Cup,” said Kenko Sone, Minister – Economic & Development, Embassy of Japan, India.
“I’ve attended all the editions, and each year the tournament sets a new benchmark,” said Neelam Pratam Rudy, Philanthropist, golfer, and Patron of Indo Nippon Golf Cup.
A number of interesting contests were conducted during the tournament. Amit Mehrotra fired a 310 yards drive off the tee box to win the ‘Longest drive’ on the sixth hole, while Masazumi Konishi placed his approach shot seven feet from the pin to win the ‘Closest to Pin’ award on the 8th hole. PD Sharma won the ‘Straightest Drive’ award on the 13th hole.
The Indo Nippon Golf Cup 2017-18 witnessed Lexus as presenting sponsor.
Formula Group, Sri City, and Monnet Group donned the mantle as Gold sponsors, while Indus Law, SMC, and Centrum Legal came on board as Silver sponsors. Dr Lal PathLabs came on board as the premium hole sponsor on Hole No. 1.
In addition, the Indo Nippon Golf Cup 2017-18 also witnessed a host of partners including PDS Logistics, Eight AM, Fortis HealthWorld, AJU Japanese Hotel, Ballantine’s Golf Retreat and Corporate Catalyst India.