| Chief minister Mukul Sangma hands over the trophy to Freddie Williams in Shillong on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos |
Shillong, Oct. 6: Freddie Williams of Bangalore-based Angus Consulting Engineers Private Ltd was so looking forward to enjoy golf at Shillong Golf Course that he did not let the overcast sky or the drizzle dampen his spirit.
“The experience was fantastic and I really enjoyed it. The natural setting was simply great,” Williams told this correspondent. An avid golfer, he has played at different golf courses across the globe.
Today was the final day of the IIM Golf Cup. The day ended on a good note for Williams as he was runner-up in one of the events.
“There is a lot of scope for improvement of this golf course which is spread over a huge area,” he said.
Chief minister Mukul Sangma summed up the importance of rain for Meghalaya.
There was good participation from corporates in line with the tournament’s aim to bring companies to understand the Northeast better.
Industry stalwarts from multinationals, including DBS Bank, Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Deutsche Bank, Avon Cycles and Yen Capital Advisors were among those who played today.
Sangma laid stress on “ blending education and corporate interactions through the game of golf”.
“We are making every effort to make the golf cup bigger and better with every passing year and we assure full support of the state government,” he said. The tournament was played in the following categories: 0-10 handicap, 11-18 handicap, 19-24 handicap, longest drive, straightest drive and closest to the pin. Michael Hek won the prize in the 0-10 handicap category.
Amit Shukla Baidya bagged the prize in the 11-18 handicap category. The winner for 19-24 handicap category was R.K. Thakur. The women’s category was won by Suzie Syiene.
The parting note was an encouraging one — to be back next year.
The participants said IIM Shillong Golf Cup season 7 would ensure higher levels of participation from the corporate world and B-schools.
The course is set in an undulating valley covered with thick groves of pine and rhododendron trees.
The tight fairways are carpeted with an indigenous species of local grass which hardens the soil and makes the course tough to play.
These are difficult to negotiate in any case, but the task is made even more trying by the number of “out-of-bounds” streams that criss-cross almost every fairway.