To commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the fourth Druk Gyalpo, the embassy of India in Thimphu organized five-day gold tournament from November 12-16. Some 158 golfers took part in the in the tournament, making it a record participants. Sixty seven of them made the cut to the finals played on Nov 15 & 16.
The prize distribution ceremony was conducted on November 17. Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck and Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay graced the prize distribution ceremony. Other dignitaries who attended the function included National Council Chairperson Dr. Sonam Kinga, Education Minister Lyonpo Mingbo Dukpa, Finance Minister Lyonpo Namgay Dorji, senior constitutional and government functionaries.
Patron of India House Golf Club and Ambassador of India Gautam Bambawale addressed the gathering and spoke of the importance of India House Golf Tournament in Bhutan’s golfing calendar. He expressed the hope that the tournament would be even more successful in the years to come.
Welcoming the guests, Secretary of India House Golf Club and Counsellor Subrata Das appreciated the enthusiastic response from Bhutan’s golfing community and commended the golfers on their sporting spirit. He thanked the sponsors Druk PNB, Jaiprakash Associates, PHPA, MHPA, WAPCOS India Ltd., Hotel Taj Tashi, BHEL, HCC Ltd., Druk Air, NIIT and Gammon India for their contribution to the sport of golf in Bhutan by supporting the Tournament.
Lt. Col Khitu Dukpa of RBG was the Champion (Net Winner) winning a cash prize of Nu. 2 lakhs. Gross category was won by Raju Biswa who received prize money of Nu. 1 lakh. Overall Gross Runner Up was Capt BB Gurung (Retd) who won an Apple iPad and a notebook laptop. Overall Net Runner up was Nima Wangchuck who won return air tickets for a couple to Delhi courtesy Druk Air, three night stay at Taj, Delhi and a Galaxy Tablet. Day one Gross was won by Dasho Karma Rangdol and Day two Net was by Tobgay Dorji of Druk Air who got a notebook laptop each. Day two Gross was won by Dorji Namgyal Rinchhen and Day two Net was by Karma Pila Rangdol who got a notebook laptop each. Nearest to pin went to Chencho Dorji of Druk Air. Veteran Champion title went to Col Sangay Thinley of RBG. Lyonpo Dago Tshering was the senior most contestants, Karan Mehra winner in the junior category and ten year old Akhil Singh the youngest participant.