Professional and amateur players from across the country get together for a fund-raising game of golf
Ita��s not everyday that one gets to play alongside professional golfers like Anirban Lahiri, Shiv Kapur and Mithun Perera. And when an opportunity like that comes attached with a cause, therea��s no way you can let it pass. Thanks to Puneet Gupta and his fellow members of the Madras Round Table 1 (MRT1), amateur golfers will get to rub shoulders with professionals who have represented India across the world, in a Scramble Pro AM tournament on January 9. Taking place at the Madras Gymkhana Golf Annexe in Guindy, the game is being organised to raise funds for flood relief efforts. a�?Specifically towards rehabilitation of building,a�? says Gupta. a�?Among other efforts, we will rebuild the classrooms and toilets that were affected in schools that the MRT1 supports,a�? he gives us an example.
a�?The format is a Texas Scramble where we put three amateurs together with one professional in each team,a�? says Sandeep Syal, a professional golfer on the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and a member of MRT1. A total of 23 teams will compete for several on-course prizes (longest drive, straightest drive, maximum number of eagles, etc) besides the title and runner-up position that will be announced at a cocktail dinner at Park Hyatt, on the same day. Gupta tells us to also look forward to a a�?golf clinica�? by ace coach Vijay Divecha from Bengaluru before the game. a�?Therea��s also an auction of memorabilia, like a poster with the signatures of all the players at the Presidents Cup (USA),a�? Gupta shares. And though the registration fee of Rs 20,000 (minimum) per person may seem steep, given the cause andA� value additions, players are still happy to sign up, wea��re told.
a�� Ryan Peppin