Recently I was invited to cover the 4th season of Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship’s Bangalore leg at the Prestige Golfshire Course, Bengaluru. The IT hub is the first of the four venues slated for this year’s series. This has been my 3rd year of association with Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship since I covered it in 2016 in Bangalore and in Pune.
Legendary cricketers, Mr. Kapil Dev and Brian Lara were the key highlights of the game as they enjoyed a tee off jointly on the lush green course. The tournament witnessed participation from avid golfers across India. It was a great opportunity for us to meet them too and discuss about how they feel Golf is more prominent in their lives now that they have retired from active cricket.
We also got to interact with 12 time Women’s Golf Champion Ms. Sharmila Nicollet along with other international golfers Ashlyn Ramsey and Nick Taylor. They were all present on the occasion to back the tournament and interact with the other participating players. Popular actor Madhavan was also a part of the tournament and teed off with Mr.C. Sasidhar, MD Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited
Mr. Brian Lara on the occasion said, “I am very delighted to associate with Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship. Golf is a very rejuvenating game and a great stress buster besides I have been playing it since a while now. It’s a great platform as it enables me to indulge while promote a sport that I truly love besides cricket. The competitiveness and spirit of the players at the championship was truly inspiring. Such tournaments should keep happening as it encourages more young golfers to be a part of this sport which is still picking up in India.”
Mr. Kapil Dev on the occasion said, “Golf is emerging in a big way in India and it’s indeed the right time that we endorse and support young, talented golfers to pursue their passion for golfing. It takes huge money, time and effort to promote a sport in our country and I really admire Krishnapatnam Port for their unwavering passion for the game that has enabled this tournament to gain such farfetched popularity in such a short period of time.
Commenting on the occasion Mr. C Sasidhar – MD Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited said “Golf is a beautiful game to indulge and relax even while pursuing your passion for perfection. The appreciation we have been receiving all through these seasons of the tournament has been indeed overwhelming. We have always believed in doing things with a desired differentiation and our golf championship is one among those. Krishnapatnam Port is also extremely proud to be developing the country’s first ocean linked golf course and look forward to more and more players coming forward to making this emerging sport a grand success in our country.”
The consequent games of the four city event will be staged across Boulder hills – Hyderabad on 10th November 2018, Oxford Golf Resort & Country Club – Pune on 17th November 2018 and DLF Golf and Country club – Delhi on 23rd November ‘18.
About Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship
The Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship TM is part of the port’s ‘Golfing for Greater Good Initiative’. The exclusive tournament seeks to raise awareness and support for various causes of education, healthcare, wellness, employment among others through the CSR arm of the company through various golf-related activities. The current tournament will be raising financial support for a retired Sea- men’s Trust. The tournament houses the top industry golfers from across sectors inclusive of partners, customers and business associates of the port.
Krishnapatnam Port is a firm believer in investing in society, and also has several massive projects under its CSR arm – The CVR Foundation – covers healthcare, education, livelihood generation, training and community building programmes.