Sanctum Club hosts the 19th hole of an invitational golf tournament
Back for its second edition, the Sanctum Prestige Golf Tournament is set to become an annual tradition in the city. Presented by British Airways and Volvo, this year’s tournament offers the winner the chance to be coached by former US Open champion and Ryder Cup hero, Justin Rose.
While the success of last year’s event made a second edition almost inevitable, Sanctum managing director Baba Chandok is keen to point out that the 2015 edition goes well beyond its predecessor. “British Airways got to know of the tournament, and gave us a substantial prize – a business class ticket to UK, hotel accommodation, and best of all, access to an exclusive golf clinic with Justin Rose, who is ranked fifth in the world,” he shares. Seventy five participants have already signed up, and Chandok is confident of closing numbers at around 110 golfers. “Competitors are drawn largely from our members, their associates as well as delegations and high profile clients from our sponsors such as Ernst and Young and other corporates, making it a good networking opportunity,” he elaborates.
On the cards
A breakfast at the Prestige Golf Shire course will commence proceedings, before participants tee off. The tournament will conclude after a short interval for lunch, while the grand finale will be an evening reception and award ceremony at Sanctum Club, with prizes being distributed by well-known city personalities, hopefully including Nicole Faria. To make things more interesting, a number of professional golfers will play alongside the competitors. These include Khalin Joshi and Sharmila Nicollete, the youngest golfer from India to qualify for the Ladies European Tour. A qualified instructor from Professional Golfers’ Association (Switzerland) himself, Chandok describes the tournament as the ‘biggest event’ in Sanctum’s packed calendar. “I don’t know of any club in India that’s able to put on a golf tournament of this scale so it’s something that we are very proud of. Many months of organisation have gone into this, and the prize really is worth trying for,” he signs off.
February 13. Details: sanctum.co.in
— Maegan Dobson Sippy