|Golfers in action for the Royal Cup at RCGC on Saturday. (Bhubaneswarananda Halder)
Rahil Gangjee, just back from Web.com’s Neediest Kids Championship in the US, picks five things that stood out from the tour:
1. Intense competition: From the whole field — they were all as good as each other.
2. Long drives: We drove for miles and miles between the tournaments like from Omaha in Nebraska to Midland in Texas. There were 14-hour drives and we’d break journey overnight. It was beautiful.
3. Great friends: We found a great friend in Australian professional golfer Scott Gardiner. He recently earned his PGA Tour Card for 2013.
4. A few firsts: I saw my first baseball game and first American football game live!
5. Hospitable people: The people were very warm and hospitable. It was a wonderful experience. Though it’s great to be back in Calcutta with friends and family now. The golf course at RCGC is in great shape and I’m looking forward to the McLeod Russel Tour Championship.
Mumbai-based stand-up comedian Rohan Joshi made the golfers laugh so hard that they almost got a hole-in-one… in their trousers! A few howlers from the 29-year-old at The Tea Lawn prize distribution and party:
Indian men and sex: Is like Maggi, just two minutes!
Why can’t Indians have a threesome? Because Indians are very hospitable — it’ll be like, ‘pehle aap, sir’.
A golf joke that always cracks you up: Tiger Woods.
One thing you would tell yourself if you were the audience: You have a really weird nose.
Best TWSS (That’s What She Said): Let’s play 18 holes.
That awkward moment when: You crack jokes about Calcutta’s bandhs and then Mumbai shuts down.
BUNNY CAN BE FUNNY: “Bunny has the final word on who makes it to the Pro-Am (where amateurs get a chance to play with professionals) on November 27. So he’s open to massages and feel-ups of any kind,” joked Brandon de Souza about buddy Lakshman ‘Bunny’ Singh. Continuing that cheeky thread of conversation, we asked Bunny’s wife Sharan about his ‘performance’. She replied, tongue firmly in cheek, “Excellent”, while Bunny quickly added with a loud laugh, “Oh no, I’ve been having a dry spell lately!” Jokes apart, the Champagne Lounge that will be created for the big-ticket McLeod Russel Tour Championship, starting November 28, will be dressed up in the couple’s favourite colours — pink for her and white for him!
Coach Kevin Brand (centre) and wife Dominique catch up with the four-month-old golf course superintendent at RCGC, Tim Denham. “The greens are ready for the big game. We’ve got the speed up to 9ft on the stimp meter and with a little manipulation of heights and rolling of the greens, we should be at 10-plus feet,” said Tim, who’s come all the way from South Florida.
ROYAL CUP CHAMPS: Satya Narayan Bansal, CEO, Barclays Wealth, handed over the prizes to the winners. Vedant Kanoria walked away with the winner’s prize in the 0-12 handicap category, followed by S. Rai. Sanjeev Gupta and Sharad Jhawar bagged the top two spots in the 13-18 slot while Pankaj Munot and Akshay Bajoria were the champs in the 19-above category.