One of India’s most sought after corporate events, TATA HITACHI World Corporate Golf Challenge kicked off it’s west zone qualifier at Bombay Presidency Golf Club (BPGC) in Chembur, Mumbai. Over 120 top corporates and business leaders showcased their golfing prowess in the inaugural leg of the 18th edition of the coveted tournament.
In 0-17 Handicap category Asheesh Mohta claimed top spot while Mukesh Panchal finished runner-up. Tarun Rai emerged victorious 18-24 handicap category followed by Kamlesh Thakur in 2nd place.
Mr. Devang Shah, owner of one of India’s best golf courses, Kalhaar Blues and Greens, took away the “Golfer of the Day” Award with a score of 5 over, 75.
Few select participants included Former cricketer Ajit Agarkar, Arjuna awardee swimmer Rehan Poncha, Jaideep Singh (MD & COO, Rabobank), Ajay Chauhan (Executive Director, Parle Products), Leo Puri (MD, UTI Asset Management), Gautam Bhandari (MD, BNP Paribas), Prashant Purker (MD & CEO, ICICI Venture), Amit Kumar (Group president & Country Head, Yes Bank), Milind Patel (Joint MD, IL&FS Financial Services), Ravikanth Konteti ( Senior MD, JP Morgan Chase Bank), Carlton Pereira (MD, Tano India Advisors), Sharad Kachalia (Director, Navnit Motors), Sandeep Batra (CFO, Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals), Anirudha Chitnis (MD, Chitsons Designs Spaces)
The top two golfers in each h’cap category from the regional rounds will qualify for the National Final scheduled to be played at Prestige Golfshire, Bengaluru in April end.
WCGC is the biggest international corporate golf team event worldwide involving more than 7500 corporate executives in 40 countries. India has had an illustrious history at the WCGC and emerged world champions in 2015 courtesy the pair of Shashidhar Reddy and Sonam Chugh from Hyderabad. India made its competitive debut in WCGC in 1999.