IIM Shillong hosted the Golf Cup Season 11 on the 27 th and 28 th of October 2018. This season witnessed a huge participation of about 200+ golfers who were competing against each other under different categories. This 2-day event was preceded with a Day-0 that witnessed the participants of IIM Shillong playing for the student category. This season marks the beginning of the inclusion of a student category in the game.
Both the days were scheduled to accommodate teams from all over the country including professional golfers, corporates, the army officers and the air force officers. This brought in tremendous diversity and helped the students in interacting the best with them. The day 1 began with the teeing off at 6 in the morning by the army officers and witnessed the official inauguration at 9 by the Health Minister of Meghalaya, Mr. A L Hek. The Director of IIM Shillong also graced the ceremony with her august presence.
The first day hosted participants who included the professional golfers and the juniors. The professional golf players included people from the Shillong Golf club and the outstation players who were spread across the country. This category of players included the Golf captain of the club, Mr. Rahul Bajaj, Mr. Batkupar Synrem and some of the players like R C Saxena IGP (Retd) BSF, Col N N Singh and many others. These rounds were a qualifier to select the best of players for the next round of the game on Day2. Apart from these players, the game was also extended to the Junior category attracting budding talent from golf clubs all over the country.
The day 2 also had the morning tee off at 6 from four different tee boxes of the course. This day involved the active participation of golfers from the corporate world. This helped gather participation from places like Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. The corporates included Mr. Mithesh Jain, Mr. Gopalakrishnan and Mr. Vinay Gajakosh. The second day was brought to closure with the prize distribution ceremony organized at the State Convention Centre in the evening. It was presided by the Governor of the state, Mr. Tathagata Roy.
Mr. Hector Marwein with a cumulative 2-day score of 151 emerged as the Overall Winner of the tournament and was presented with the Green Jacket sponsored by Mr. M T Jatani, Style Craft Shillong. The other winners included Dr. Dilip Nadkarni Bombay Presidency Club with a gross score of 79, Mr. Kailash Joshi from Jaipur with a gross score of 87, Mr. Ashish Chemburkar with a net score of 73 and Vikram Sahgal from Bangalore with a net score of 73 again. The sponsors for the tournament extended from Union Bank, OYO, Uber, Qzine, SBI, CaribEX.
The Chairman of Board of Governers of IIM Shillong, Mr. Shishir Bajoria appreciated the efforts of the students and said that the students are the future movers and shakers of the country. He went on to praise that conducting a tournament for 11 seasons consecutively is no joke.
Thanking the golfers and business leaders, Director Keya Sengupta said, "By participating in the tournament, you have become part of the extended IIM Shillong family. Golf adds value in terms of academics and enhancing interaction with the corporates, which is very important for an IIM"