Annual Ordnance Golf Cup held at REPTA, Narangi, Guwahati
GUWAHATI: The Annual Ordnance Golf Cup was held on Saturday at Rhino Environmental Park and Training Area (REPTA), Narangi, Guwahati. As many as 75 players including 6 ladies and few senior citizens participated in the prestigious tournament. The senior-most golfer, Colonel (retd) RTC Gohain, 78 years, asserted, "Greatness of this sport is one walks four miles and burn 800 to 900 calories during an average round swinging the clubs. Participating in the tournament is a way to get some great exercise while also being able to enjoy fresh air, incredible views, the company of friends and the thrill of making the perfect shot".
The tournament commenced at 6 am and finished by 12 pm. It was followed by the prize distribution ceremony and a hospitality lunch party at the clubhouse. The Narangi golf course with undulating topography tested the skills of golfers to keep the ball on the fairway, while water hazards challenged to go long or layup. The putting greens are fast-paced and extremely difficult.
Colonel JPS Brar, won the Ordnance Cup with a gross score of 79. On the other hand, in the women's category, Mrs. Lakshmi Singh, a Manipuri golfer, emerged the winner while Mrs. K Brahma was the runners-up. Many other prizes namely, longest drive, straightest drive, closest to the pin and maximum pars/birdies also awarded to the winners. The prizes were distributed by Major General Jarken Gamlin, the senior-most serving military officer of Guwahati. The General officer himself is an excellent golfer. Under his able guidance, the REPTA Golf Course is in perfect condition now. Today this golf course is known as the hidden gem of Guwahati.
Crafted in the year 1978, the 5618 yards long Narangi Golf course has the longest hole at hole no. 6 with 537 yards, and the shortest at hole no.10 with 152 yards. The course is one of its kind in terms of ambiance as it is nestled with Amsing wildlife reserve forest. The weather was at it's best for a golf tournament at 250C, entirely cloudy and a light breeze.
The course is in excellent condition thanks to the hard work of course manager, Lt Colonel Nikam, and his dedicated team. The care given to the course by the maintenance crew is evident on every hole. Furthermore, the hospitality shown by them to the players in the clubhouse was brilliant.
The winner of the tournament said, "Assam is one of the most gifted parts of the country as far as natural resources are concerned. The state has the highest number of golf courses in the country. Golf assets can be groomed as a lucrative tourist destination in the region". REPTA Golf fraternity wished all keen golfers happy golfing and invite all to join in the forthcoming tournaments. Colonel W Joy Kumar Singh. This is stated in a release.
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