Former cricketer from Karnataka who played two one day internationals for India in 1996, Sujit Somasunder with an individual score of 35, finished as winner on Day – I of the Bengaluru Leg of BMR World Corporate Golf Challenge held on 13th – 14th May, at Prestige Golfshire, Bengaluru. WCGC is the biggest international corporate golf team event worldwide involving more than 7500 corporate executives in 40 countries. The two-day qualifying leg at Bengaluru witnessed close to 100 amateur golfers showcasing their golfing prowess. The India leg will witness the participation of around 600 corporate executives, paired as teams of two.
His teammate, Raj Arasu with an individual score of 36 also finished as winner on Day 1.
The team of Raghu Verma and Rajeev Sarda was the runner-up on Day-I of the Bengaluru leg.
On Day – II, the team of Siva Reddy and Manohar Reddy Baddam won the Bengaluru leg and the team of Puttaraju BN and Patricia Simone Curero finished runner-up.
Four, 2-member teams from this Bengaluru leg of the tournament, progress to the national finals to be played in Bengaluru on 15th May at Prestige Golfshire. The Delhi – NCR and Mumbai leg’s four teams have already booked their berth for the national finals.
The winning teams from Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Bengaluru legs will be vying to win the national finals and represent corporate India at the prestigious 22nd Annual World Corporate Golf Challenge in Cascais, Portugal.
Amongst the participating teams were top corporate executives – Arun Murugappan, President – Murugappa Group; Sanjay Purohit, MD – Levis Strauss; Devaiah S Thennira, Associate Director, Asia Pacific – IBM India Pvt Ltd; David Hopcroft, General Manager – Le Meridien, Gurgaon; Toshiyuki Kasai, President & CEO – Epson India Pvt Ltd; GS Thimmaiah, Head Corporate Administration – Madura Garments Lifestyle Retail Company Ltd; Vishal Dhupar, MD, South Asia – Sales & Marketing Nvidia Graphics Pvt Ltd; Saket Mansingh, Vice President – Samsung.
India made its competitive debut in WCGC in 1999 and 2016 marks the 17th year of its contention at the world stage. India has had an illustrious history at the WCGC and is the defending champion courtesy the pair of Shashidhar Reddy and Sonam Chugh from Hyderabad who won the 2015 World Corporate Golf Challenge in Portugal.
The format of play was individual 18 hole modified Stableford for both players off 3/4th handicap.