The Louis Philippe Cup 2018: Proud to host the ADT and PGTI Event!

The inaugural Louis Philippe Cup 2018 played out on a pristine Golfshire course, and was a thrilling success, judging by player reactions and the enthusiastic crowds. A USD 75000 Asian Development Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India co-sanctioned event, superb cards on the last two days after a quiet start saw Rahil Gangjee win by 3 strokes.

Rahil Gangjee with the TrophyThe final day was perfectly set up, with just 6 strokes separating the top 10 Golfers. As it turned out, consistency was rewarded handsomely: Gangjee was the only Golfer with sub-par rounds on all four days. Starting with rounds of 1-under each on Day 1 and 2, he returned a card of 2-under and capped off the tournament with a course record-equalling round of 7-under on Days 3 and 4.

It was exciting to watch Gangjee take command: who can forget his memorable win at the 2004 Volkswagen Masters in China, when he beat a star-studded field that included Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam and Phillip Price? He notched up his 3rd win on the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) circuit, and this was his 2nd Asian Tour title of 2018, having already won the Panasonic Open in Japan.

Rashid Khan and Udayan Mane led at the start of the final day’s play, but ran into trouble on the back nine, carding 3 bogeys each on their way back to the clubhouse. Om Prakash Chouhan had 3 steady rounds, but a 4-Over on Day 3 meant that he had to settle for a joint second with Rashid. Marcus Both, one of the pre-tournament favourites, and Miguel Carballo, who along with Udayan set the course record on Day 1, struggled with consistency. Marcus was finally joint fourth with Udayan.

Aadil Bedi, the only amateur to make the cut, had a great tournament and came in joint 14th at 2-under. Bedi and Harimohan Singh are in the Asian Games squad, and the tournament proved to be ideal in preparing. Both had praise for the Prestige Golfshire course, considering it world-class in its layout, fairways and greens.

In other highlights, local lad Khalin Joshi had a great tournament too, ending up 5th with a 6-under. Tommy Mansuwan of Thailand scored a Hole-In-One on the second hole on Day 2.

The Golfers had to contend with challenging weather conditions – persistent wind and drizzles meant that there were only 19 sub-par scores through the tournament. Fifty one players had made the cut on Day 2, with the mark at 2-over.

Here are a few videos of action from the tournament:

Recap of Day 3 of Louis Philippe Cup

If you missed being on course yesterday, here is recap of Day 3 of #LouisPhilippeCup. Day 4 is already underway and we will have results here soon after the game is finished, Troon Troon International Asian Development Tour – ADT Professional Golf Tour of India Golf Digest India

Posted by Prestige Golfshire Club on Thursday, August 2, 2018

Meet our joint leader at 7 under par after Round 1 of #LouisPhilippeCup Miguel Carballo. Troon International Troon

Posted by Prestige Golfshire Club on Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Louis Philippe Cup – Day 1

Want to relive Day 1 of #LouisPhilippeCup? Here is a two and half minute capsule of Day 1 action.

Posted by Prestige Golfshire Club on Tuesday, July 31, 2018

 

It was a pleasure to host the tournament, and we look forward to bringing more such excitement to the course and the Club!

 

The Prestige Masters Series: Looking Back and Ahead

The Prestige Masters Series 2018 is half way through the qualifiers, with 3 highly enjoyable rounds completed and another 3 to come before the Series Finals in November.

The Prestige Masters Series 2018 – Finalists from the 3 Rounds

We have identified 30 finalists from the three rounds played so far. They will be joined by another 30 over the next three months, and the field will be set for the grand finale to be played in November.

The pre-monsoon showers and the early onset of the monsoons brought with them heavy winds – posing a formidable challenge to the competitors. The Golfers who participated have also enjoyed the testing pin positions we used across the rounds.

The tournament, conceived in 2015 as an effort to encourage competitive amateur golf in the region, has now become a fixture in the Indian golfing calendar, attracting participation from across the country and overseas too.

The winners of previous editions are Sonam Chugh,  Sumeru Bahuguna and Naveen Wahi.  Sonam had also won the World Corporate Golf Challenge in 2015, and turned Pro shortly after the Prestige Masters Series win.

There is of course the coveted, custom-designed series trophy to aspire to. The winner and runner- up of each qualifying round also receive trophies and for those who missed out on the top two spots, there are vouchers and prizes in form of lucky draw prizes. However, we believe that the main attraction for golfers from all over is the sheer joy of pitting their skills against other amateurs or professionals on a challenging and well-laid out course setup that ensure only the best on the day can come out with a good score.

The Prestige Masters Series has other elements to enhance the user experience – operations are entirely online, from registration to live updation of scores. Every round features a theme-based buffet for participants and the prizes include one for the best-dressed golfer of the day!

We launched the Prestige Golfshire Club Mobile App during the third round, allowing participants to register for tournaments from the Mobile and score the rounds while playing. The Live Leaderboard in the App lets participants as well as followers to track the scoring in real-time. If you would like to download the App for yourself, do visit the appropriate link amongst these two –


The US Open gets underway!

The 2018 US Open

Often referred to as the hardest championship amongst the golfing Majors, the United States Open is perhaps the truest test of true mettle and patience. The 124th edition returns to Shinnecock Hills, on Long Island, New York, after a gap of fourteen years. South African Retief Goosen was crowned champion here in 2004 when he overcame a determined Phil Mickelson to lift the sterling silver trophy for the second time. It was also the site of the famous David and Goliath like battle between Corey Pavin and Greg Norman where the former prevailed by two shots after a brilliant approach shot on the last hole.

Shinnecock Hills is an original member of the USGA and hosts the US Open for the fifth time. This year it is set up in the usual US Open style with thick rough lining up the narrow fairways on this 7445 yard par-70 Willie Davis design. The course also boasts of having the oldest clubhouse in the Unites States and was also the first club to allow lady members on its premises.

The championship has also inspired many a Hollywood film like Kevin Costner’s Tin Cup and Disney’s The Greatest Game Ever Played. Tin Cup is a story of a struggling former golf pro, who makes a stunning comeback in the US Open only to dramatically throw it all away on the last hole. Many top PGA Tour stars like Fred Couples, Corey Pavin and Peter Jacobsen made guest appearances in the movie. The role of young amateur champion Francis Ouimet, who won in 1913 at Brookline, is played to perfection by Shia La Beauf in The Greatest Game. Ouimet overcame legends like Harry Vardon and Ted Ray to lift the trophy. The youngest winner, however, was John McDermott in 1911 who was all of nineteen years and ten months!

Defending champion Brooks Koepka will be in the field along with three-time US Open Champion Tiger Woods. Tiger will be hoping to challenge for the title as his form seems to have returned as he continues his pursuit of the Jack Nicklaus’ record of eighteen major championships. Sharma at the US Open 2018

The hopes of our nation rest on the young shoulders of Shubhanker Sharma who has had a phenomenal year already and is riding on a string of strong performances on the PGA Tour. He teed off at 5.54 PM IST along with Thorbjørn Olesen and Patrick Rodgers, and is at 1 Over through 9 holes as we write. Justin Rose just rescued par with a great shot from the sand on the 13th.

We look forward to the action through the weekend!

The Prestige Masters Grand Final

The Prestige Masters Series 2016 came to an end Saturday night with a glittering awards ceremony which saw the top golfers of the city gather to compete for the top honors. There were 60 Finalists who had qualified via the monthly selections which had kicked off in May and each event saw maximum participation. The golfers teed off in the afternoon with the course in excellent condition and it received many pwinnerositive reviews from the participating golfers. In the end it was young Sumeru Bahaguna who displayed nerves of steel and came out on top to be crowned “Champion Of Champions”. He was followed by Mr. Anil Singh and Mr. jerry Kuruvila In second and third place respectively. The golf was followed by a sensational party which featured Magician and  Pro Golfer Sid Semwal and the band Best Kept Secret. Mr. Rezwan Razack (Joint Managing Director Prestige Group), Mr. Noaman Razack (Whole-time Director Prestige Group) and Mr. Faiz Rezwan (Executive Director Prestige Group) gave away the prizes to the winners.

There was also a special felicitation for young Anushka Borkar who recently did the country proud by finishing 4th in the US Kids World Golf Championship in the United States. She is coached by Mr. Bamby Randhawa who heads the Falcon Golf Academy at Golfshire. The dates of The Prestige Masters Series 2017 will be announced shortly and the event promises to be bigger and grander than this year’s edition.

We would like to Thank all of our sponsors and participants for making this such a successful event. We look forward to your participation in the 2017 edition. Dates for the 2017 fixtures will be released on the website very soon.

The Prestige Masters- October

Perfect golfing conditions greeted golfers on Saturday morning as they arrived for the sixth and final leg of The Prestige Masters Series 2016. It was another packed house as this was the last chance to qualify for the November Finals. With a lot at stake it was Mr. Lakshmishah Vinay who played the best under pressure to take home the prize with 41 stableford points. He was followed closely by Mr. Aiyappa M.K. and Mr. K. Babu in second and third place with 38 Points respectively. This leg was sponsored by Powerica-Cummins Power Generation, Sterling Wilson and Anchor By Panasonic. Mr. Bharath Oberoi – Managing Director, Powercia Limited gave away the prizes at the glittering award ceremony.”

 

On the attached Picture: Winner – L-R Mr. Mr. Lakshmishah Vinay (Winner), Mr. H.G. Prasad (General Manager Sterling Wilson), Mr. Bharat Oberoi (Managing Director, Powerica Limited).winner-october-leg

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The US Open: My Favorite Golf Tournament of The Year

The US Open begins this week at Oakmont Country Club, which by all accounts is going to be the toughest test of golf for the professional ranks this year. From a par 3 which measures 288 yards to two of the par 5s reaching over 600 yards to the knee high rough and slick greens. When the tournament was last contested at Oakmont the winning score was +5 by Angel Cabrera, and unless the course receives a lot of rain over the next few days I would expect to see a similar score. Players have complained that golf isn’t fun this week because of the difficulty, but maybe that’s part of the reason why I love it.

The US Open is my personal favorite tournament of the year (I’m American so I may be slightly biased). I believe part of this comes from seeing the best players in the world struggle like the average Joe golfer to get the ball in the hole. Part of this may come from the time of the year, and the event coinciding with Father’s Day, which brings back good memories of my Dad supporting my golf game as a youngster (there is also a great story about my Dad banning my brother from joining us on the course after a golf cart collision, but I’ll leave that for another time). I also think the fact that anyone with a handicap index of 1.4 can attempt to qualify (Amateur or Professional) and compete in one of the biggest events in the world is truly remarkable. All of these factors together make for a very special week of golf.

So, I’m sure you’re wondering do I have any predictions for this week? Well being in India I’d love to see a win or high finish by Anirban Lahiri or Jeev Milka Singh, but my predicted winner this week is going to be Dustin Johnson. It’s only a matter of time until he breaks through and wins a major championship with his ball striking abilities and distance.

It will be a week filled with cringe worthy moments that are hard to watch, but something tells me we  won’t be able to take our eyes off it.

The Masters: A Tradition Like No Other

As the biggest names in golf arrive at Augusta National for the first major of the year and one of the most revered golf tournaments of all time, General Manager of Prestige Golfshire Patrick Wynn reflects on growing up watching The Masters in the US and what it means to him. 

 
Growing up on the east coast of the United States, The Masters always meant something special to me. Not only was it the first Major Championship of the year, but it also meant spring was around the corner. It was time to start practicing in the front yard to hone my golf swing for a summer of walking the local municipal courses with my friends. The Masters was beginning of the nine months a year when you can play golf, and it showed just how beautiful and exciting golf can be.

 
The Masters has so many traditions it’s hard to list them all. From the blooming Azaleas to Par 3 competition to the opening tee shots by The Masters Legends to The back nine roars on Sunday to the green jacket presentation each has a special place within the event. Everyone who watches the event has a favorite moment or aspect. As an avid golfer, I always look forward to the back nine on Sunday afternoon. With course set up for good scoring, you’re likely to see multiple lead changes, birdies, eagles and maybe a few balls in the water.

 
Some of my personal favorite memories would be Tiger’s win in 97’, Tiger’s 05’ chip in on the 16th, Bubba Watson’s shot over the trees in the playoff in 12’, and Jordan Spieth’s dominance over the field last year. Not all Masters memories are of triumph, some are of heartbreak, but that’s what makes for such interesting television.

 

Catch some of these iconic moments here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpRmF__A33U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W00lrCnG-B8

 

Predictions

So now it’s time for me to make my prediction of who I think will be able to take home the green jacket this year. Will it be the defending champion Jordan Spieth (Last repeat winner Tiger 01’-02’)? Will it be Rory McIlroy who always seems to be in contention? Or will it be one of the past champions who know the course so well?

 

I think I will have to go with the golfer who is currently in the best form and recently showed he has the pedigree to win a Major Championship, Jason Day. Hopefully, he will become the second Australian in the last four years to don the green jacket. Our Head of Agronomy Mike McKenna is also favouring Day to claim the title while Lead Instructor Shivtaj Singh predicts Henrik Stenson to make a play for it.  Our AGM of Sales & Marketing Tarun Ghogale is going for Rickie Fowler
. Let’s see shall we boys?!

 

Though the time difference to India makes it tough to watch, I’m sure I won’t be the only one staying up to catch a glimpse of Augusta National. One day I hope to be there to see it live.

 

What are your predictions for this year’s Masters? We hope you’ll get a chance to catch it!

Create Players, Not Golf Swings: The Rise of Junior Golf in India

On today’s blog, Lead Instructor Shivtaj Singh talks about the importance of developing Junior Golf throughout India and its role in growing the game as a whole. 

 
The year was 1992, the city was Guwahati in Assam (Eastern India). This is where I, for the first time at the tender age of 4, ever held what we call a golf club. That was my first ever outing on the greens accompanying my father who at the time was serving in the Indian Armed Forces.

 
It was that one time that I held a 5 iron and yes that one shot that started my relationship with the game. For the most part, back in the day it was just a handful of individuals, to be precise privileged individuals from the upper strata of society, who had access to the luxurious sport of golf. A point to note here is that when one says individuals one refers to adults. Junior golf did exist but was lurking somewhere in the dark.

 
As years went by we as a society evolved and yes we did take steps to bring junior golf to light. The game which was once considered or seen as an elitist and unaccessible sport was beginning to get attention from the younger generations.
We all know that there is no substitute for experience. Being introduced to the sport at a very young age helped me to achieve success in other fields too. The game moulded my hand-eye coordination which saw me achieve success in other sports. As a junior having to perform such complex movements that are involved in the golf swing not only taught me to coordinate my muscles but simultaneously structured my mind. It not only helped me to achieve success outdoors but showed me how to get results indoors too. It made my mind sharper, quicker and more focused. All of it happened in the subconscious and it gave me an edge over the rest.

 
The misconception that surrounds the sport is that being of slow, boring and unathletic – and in a county obsessed by cricket, the junior language spoken was cricket from schools to parks to homes. Only parents who play golf actually encouraged the sport otherwise it was no where to be seen or heard. Only through learning from the West and over time, as we are moving from a developing country to a developed country, we are seeing a change. A change which is giving junior golf and junior golf programmes a voice which is being heard by the nation. Golf is no longer considered a boring and unathletic sport, it is cultivating individuals into Athletes first and golfers second. Golfers today are getting fitter and stronger . Only the strong ones – mentally and physically – will survive.
“Start young, grow bold, mature fearless”.

 
Having spoken about golf and its benefits for youngsters one must bring to light the efforts being put in by the governing body of golf in India popularly known as the Indian Golf Union (IGU).The IGU, India’s apex golf body since 1955 has been the front runner in promoting the game. Through its vision for the game it has in collaboration with Rolex and premier financial institute YES Bank helped develop the game and has made is accessible to the masses. The past few years has seen the game grow at a steady upward pace with major emphasis being on junior golf through development of golf infrastructure (golf ranges, & courses) and training of professional coaches (NGAI).

 
We have to give the IGU credit for making headway in providing our juniors a playing field for competitive golf. It hosts almost 15 tournaments for both boys and girls domestically and some international exposure too with 3 to 4 tournaments annually. There are two categories for Boys according to the age , A (15-17) , B (13 – 14). As far as the Girls are concerned there are three categories according to the age, A (15-17),B (13-14) and C (11-12). Juniors like Shubham Jaglan (10 years) won the International Junior Golf Association (IJGA) World Stars of Junior Golf event and the World Junior Golf Championship last year. IGU also supported Ranveer Saini suffering from autism in creating history and being the pride of this country with his achievements. He went on to win a gold medal at the special Olympics world games last year in Los Angeles. These juniors and many more like them solidify the fact that yes we do have talent and champions born amongst us who are ready to step outside their comfort zones and leave a mark in the world of golf.

 
Keeping in mind the inclusion of golf into Olympics starting this year, the IGU has formulated a strategic programme with a vision for the 2020 olympics called TEE20. The programme aims to grow the game, sustain the game and excel the game. In collaboration with the Sports Authority of India (SAI), IGU has allocated INR 50 crores towards TEE20. The programme will focus on the following initiatives:

  • Schools & community (5 cr.)
  • Clubs (10 cr.), golf partnerships (2.5 cr.)
  • Coaching (10.5 cr.)
  • Developing Talent (20 cr.)
  •  Government Real Estate ( operations – 2 cr.).

As a result, we all must recognize the efforts of IGU and major sponsors like YES Bank in stepping forward and doing everything they can in helping to grow the game, giving our juniors the opportunity that they all deserve and a chance for us, as Indians, to produce World Champions. Nevertheless, we do need more corporate backing to help support the game for we have enough talent but we need a healthy support system to nurture the talent, acknowledge the hard-work being done by these young players and help them realize their dreams and our dreams as a nation.

 
We here at Prestige Golfshire focus on having healthier and happier juniors. We believe in learning through having fun. The focus here is to produce athletes first and golfers second. A happy junior today is a physically stronger and a mentally healthier adult tomorrow, the exact characteristics required to have world class professional golfers. We as coaches have to help discover individual talents and at the same time nurture the masses. Ultimately, we should strive to produce “players” not “golf swings”.

 

 

 

For more information on junior golf clinics and lessons at Prestige Golfshire, please contact [email protected] 

The Indian Open: An Amateur in Wonderland

It’s that time of the year again! The Delhi Golf Club, the Mecca of Indian Golf, gets transformed into a golf wonderland. Ahead of the first round of the tournament tomorrow, our very own Tarun Ghogale, who played in the Indian Open in 2006 and 2009 as an amateur, takes the time to tell us about his experience of the tournament and his predictions for this year’s event… 

 
Tarun…My earliest memory of the DGC was when I when I was a student and I was allowed to play the B course. I remember the first time I played a full round on the A course. It was a spiritual experience ending with me losing around ten golf balls in the famed bushes or ‘Jhadis’ as they are fondly called!

As a young golfer it was always my dream to play in our National Open and at the age of 24 I got my first opportunity. It was 2006 and I was one of the six amateurs from the country to be selected to participate in the championship. I was on cloud nine when I received the letter confirming my participation. With the joy came a lot of anxiety as well as this was the biggest golf tournament in India and it was to be telecast live on all major sports channels. I was determined to put on a good show and started working on my game with my coach Mr. Digraj Singh.

The Indian Open week begins on Mondays for most players who are looking to get two to three rounds in before round one. I had decided to play on the Monday and Tuesday with my buddy Shaurya Singh who was also one of the amateurs participating. We were at the course very early on Monday and I noticed that everything looked different- in a good way! The first tee was transformed into an amphitheatre and tee box looked like a stage. I signed my first and only autograph that morning and I was feeling pretty good about myself.

I had been advised by many fellow golfers that to score well at this course it was important to play holes 3, 9, 13, 16 and 17 without making a mistake. Putting is always a key factor at the DGC and one generally got a lot of putts between ten to fifteen feet as the pin positions were not very accessible. The green speed is anywhere between eleven and twelve on the stimpmetre and getting accustomed to the pace takes a bit of time. The practice rounds were fun I was just enjoying being part of it all – the hospitality areas for the players, the practice facilities, the new changing rooms and of course the press conferences.

By the time Wednesday came reality started to sink in and I actually was very nervous when I started thinking about the first shot of the day. Luckily I had my friend Aditya Bhandarkar on my bag who was a light hearted guy who had a fantastic sense of humor. The draw was out by Tuesday evening and I was paired with two other Indian golfers and we were to start at 12.45 from the front nine. We were greeted with a heavy downpour on Thursday morning and predictably the tee offs were delayed by about an hour or so. By the time my name was called out by the starter it was already half past one and I was wondering if we would be able to finish the round that day. The stands were full and my parents, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Raj Randhawa and Anirban Lahiri were around to witness my tee shot. I had opted for a driving iron as it was important to find the fairway with my opening shot. I must say I barely managed to put the ball on the tee and the two practice swings that I made were all a blur. Luckily I hit the ball down the middle and I was off to a good start. After making pars on the first three holes I made an incredible par on number four and was level par till the seventh. On the par five eighth I made a solid birdie and the made an amazing save for par on nine which gave me a lot of confidence. I was one under at the turn and feeling very good about my game. Another birdie came on the twelfth and at that point I felt I could actually go low. However the sun was setting and the visibility was lessening and I knew we would have to finish the round next morning. I made another birdie on fourteen to go three under and saw my name flash on the leader board at 23rd position. I was on the seventeenth green putting for birdie in near darkness and I could have chosen to come next morning to finish the putt. However I chose to finish out only to three putt from ten feet and finish the day two under after sixteen holes. I barely had time to think about what had happened and I was out early next morning to finish my last two. There was no doubt that the three putt the previous evening had affected me and I went out to finish the last two holes with a double bogey each to end up with a two over par 74 and in 60th place on the cut line. I teed off for my second round around nine thirty and it was a day of so close yet so far. I ended the day with a 77 which included three putting on three occasions and missing the cut by three shots. I was totally distraught and I rued my mistake on the sixteenth on day one. I had another opportunity to play in the Open on 2009 but I was struggling with my back and my game by then and shot rounds of 81 and 74 to disappear into oblivion.

 
The course for the Open is set up completely different from what it is during the rest of the year. For a start the course is closed for regular play two weeks before the championship. The maintenance army of the club get to work on the divots, pitchmarks, bunkers with complete aggressiveness and by the time we come to opening day the course is in immaculate condition. This year my buddy Gagan Verma has put in a lot of work to ensure that the course is in top shape. Gagan has been one of the best ever amateur golfers in India and has represented the country in almost every International tournament. He has always told me that 14th, 15th and 16th are our very own Amen Corner and many a championship has been won or lost here.

Going purely by form and confidence I have a strong feeling that Anirban Lahiri will defend his title this week. After playing six weeks on the PGA Tour he is looking relaxed and I believe that a win year could actually help him in his preparation for Augusta. The likes of Jyoti Randhawa, Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal can never be written off and my gut feeling says that we will have an Indian winner this year as well.

If DGC is a wonderland then I am surely Alice!

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