This weekend was a Triple Bogey in Hyderabad, if you are a golfer or follow golf, you can relate to this. For all non golfers, bogey is a scoring term used widely in Golf when a player scores 1 over the par – this is the expected number of shots a player must take to complete a hole. So triple bogey means 3 over par. Now you may ask why was there a Triple Bogey ? Well, it was the 4th leg of the Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship taking place at the Boulder Hills Golf Club on Saturday. And guess what ? We were over the moon to have been invited to this invite-only, one of its kind golfing event. Here’s all you need to know about Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship 2018 in Hyderabad.
Golf, Glamour and Glory in Hyderabad
It was a bright and sunny morning in Hyderabad and was a perfect day for a round of Golf. Was at the venue and it was my first time at such an exclusive event at the Boulder Hills Golf course. The Golf course is very well maintained and the sight of lush green course in the middle of a concrete jungle was great. There were a lot of counters for registration along with food and drink counters. One beauty that caught my eye was the Bentley Continental GT. The shiny blue beauty was in her full glory and surely gathering a lot of eye balls.
Meeting & Greeting Kapil Dev
We were off in a golf car to have a look at the Golf club and learn more about the game. Soon found the legendary Kapil Dev at the course. He was there taking some shots and believe the man knows Golf ! I wouldn’t be wrong in saying his Golf stance is as good as his batting stance back during his times. On the side lines Kapil Paaji said “Golf is emerging in a big way in India and it’s indeed the right time that we endorse and support young, talented golfers to pursue their passion for golfing.“
The Run Machine – Brian Lara
Later in the day we also met Brian Lara, who is one of the many faces of the Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship 2018. His batting surely terrorized many bowlers but he was too humble that day. The folks from the press soon surrounded him with cameras for a quick video byte. He spoke how he has been loving his association with Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship and his love towards Golf too.
The Tanu Weds Mannu Man – R Madhavan
Maddy as he is fondly called by everyone was at the event too. And it did take some time for me to recognize him. He had changed a lot from the last time I had seen him last year. I was around him while he was taking the stance and he did ask me to move. He joked “Boss, I’m not a pro, this stick might slip off and hit you” But that shot was no less than how a pro would hit it. Below photo shows all the three celebs posing for the shutterbugs. (Triple Bogey !)
The Pro Golfer – Sharmila Nicolette
We were going around the beautiful Boulder Hills Golf Club and we came across this lady who was hitting the ball amazingly well. She was Sharmila Nicolette who is a 12 time winner on Women’s Professional Golf Tour of India and golfers have the rare opportunity to play alongside her and witness her formidable golfing talent. Sharmila was at her best and was interacting with the media. She in fact interacted with most of the people around and obliged people with a selfie request.
The Multi-Talented – Mandira Bedi
A sports anchor, mother, daughter, a reality TV show participant Mandira is the perfect example of a multi talented person. She took to the stage and watching her live was great. Mandira was flawless and held the audience together. She then called all the players along with the office bearers of Krishnapatnam Port. The rules of the game were discussed along with the officials and the tournament was set open.
It was a fantastic day of Golf as the weather gods allowed us to play. At the end of the day’s play was a gala evening with fun, food and obviously the awards. The players had played hard under the sun over the day and surely deserved awards. At the start of which we had Jimmy Sax on his Saxophone to set the tone for the evening. We had all the stars Kapil, Lara, Sharmila and Maddy on the stage. The evening was hosted by the multi-talented Mandira Bedi who was at her wittiest best. It was an eventful day and I’m sure each and everyone present there enjoyed to the fullest.
About Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship
The Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship 2018 hosted the 4th leg of the tournament this time in Hyderabad. The event has been coming in from Bengaluru to Hyderabad and will move to Pune followed by Delhi for the next legs. The event started in 2015 as an exclusive, by-invitation-only tournament which has been growing over the years. One of the aims of the tournament is bring together the partners, customers and business associates with sportsmanship.
This edition was surely bigger, better and bolder and it was pretty evident. Mr C Sasidhar, MD Krishnapatnam Port on the occasion said “Krishnapatnam Port is also extremely proud to be developing the country’s first ocean linked golf course and look forward to more and more players coming forward to making this emerging sport a grand success in our country.”
Golfing for greater Good
This is Krishnapatnam Port’s initiative through which they are serving the community. The initiative works to raise the awareness and support various causes through golf related activities. The 2018 edition of Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship will be raising financial support for a retired sea-men’s trust. Surely one of the great ways to help the community as well as promote the sport.
Overall, it was a great Golfing day. Not only meeting and greeting the celebs but it was a great way to learn and experience the game up and close. Did you know that there are Smart Golf Sticks which relay shot data to your smart phone via Bluetooth ? Well, I was stunned when I heard about it. All in all the 4th leg of Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship was a thumping success. I truly enjoyed my time there. What would you have done if you were to attend the event ? What would you ask the celebs ? Mention your answers in the comments below or tweet to me at @Atulmaharaj