Saturday, 12 March, 2016 dawned as a bright and sunny day at the upscale 18-hole Prestige Golfshire course at the foothills of Nandi Hills. This was the day of the inaugural Prestige SJBHS OBA Golf tournament. The months of planning and organizing by the organizing committee, team of dedicated and committed Old Boys (golfers Sagar Muthappa(1987), Virgo Mathews, Deepak Krishnankutty, Peter Prem, Joseph Ollapally (2000) and Trishul Chinnappa(2008), along with four MC members) were about to bear fruit with 90 golfing Josephites, spanning classes from 1963-2020, teeing off that morning.
It was recognized that this had to be an event organized by golfers, to draw in golfing Old Boys. The final decision taken was to institute a marquee event on Bangalore’s sports calendar, in keeping with the high sporting traditions of our School. Irfan Razack(1969), Chairman, Prestige Group, a golfing Old Boy, had no hesitation in offering sponsorship at the Golfshire course and with this in hand, the team went after sponsorships by way of branding for each hole, as well as for the various other prizes and trophies.
The database was built up and the Josephite community responded enthusiastically and with great generosity to the campaign. The tournament itself had about 80 enthusiastic participants, including Rahul Dravid(1989), the Razack brothers -Irfan and Noaman, well known golfers David D’Souza and Amitabh Poddar and former All India Amateur champion turned pro Trishul Chinnappa (against whom all participants could compete on a hole).
The venue and arrangements, the tournament itself, followed by prize distribution with Principal Fr Sequeira, SJ present and the fellowship and hospitality received very favorable feedback from the participants. The School Song was sung with great gusto and the House prize-the Fr Denis Coelho Memorial Rolling Trophy-was won by St David’s House, while the batch prize-named after Fr Hedwig Da Costa SJ-was awarded to the Batch of 88.
There are very few such events organized anywhere in the country and the OBA thanks the organizing team for its efforts and is delighted to reinforce and strengthen our Josephite bonds with such events.