Professional and amateur players from across the country get together for a fund-raising game of golf
It’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, there’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. “Specifically towards rehabilitation of building,” says Gupta. “Among other efforts, we will rebuild the classrooms and toilets that were affected in schools that the MRT1 supports,” he gives us an example.
“The format is a Texas Scramble where we put three amateurs together with one professional in each team,” 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 “golf clinic” by ace coach Vijay Divecha from Bengaluru before the game. “There’s also an auction of memorabilia, like a poster with the signatures of all the players at the Presidents Cup (USA),” Gupta shares. And though the registration fee of Rs 20,000 (minimum) per person may seem steep, given the cause and value additions, players are still happy to sign up, we’re told.
— Ryan Peppin