Saturday, 14th January, 2017 was a cool, sunny day for all the Josephite golfers assembled at the upscale 18-hole Prestige Golfshire course near the foothills of Nandi. This was D-day of the second edition of the Prestige SJBHS OBA Golf tournament. The months of planning and organizing by the OBA Golf Tournament Committee, a team of dedicated and committed Old Boys (golfers Sagar Muthappa ’87, Deepak Krishnankutty’79, Joseph Ollapally’00, Trishul Chinnappa ’08,Arjun Nambisan ’88, Rolf Marren’96 along with MC members) were about to bear fruit with 90 golfing Josephites, spanning classes from 1963-2010, teeing off that morning.
The tournament itself had about 90 enthusiastic players, all in Josephite T shirts-among others-the Razack brothers -Irfan and Noaman, well known golfers David D’Souza and Amitabh Poddar, Venkat Vardhanand three Josephite PGTI pros, former All India Amateur champion turned pro Trishul Chinnappa, CG Somaiah and Syed Saquib.
The venue and arrangements (including the goodie bag contents), 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 Patrick’s House, while the batch prize -named after Fr Hedwig Da Costa SJ -was awarded to the Batch of 81.Top amateur golfer, David D’Souza, was the winner in the Open Category, with Amitabh Poddar, Sanjay DeSouza, Michael Piers and Maj Gen Bala Thambiah winners in their respective categories.
In addition to the trophies and medals, a range of additional special prizes were sponsored by generous old boys for the winners. In addition, Sandeep Maini’s gesture in donating a buggy and Venkat Vardhan’s winning bid at the auction that followed, provided a fitting end to a thoroughly enjoyable day.
This is probably one of few such events organized anywhere in the country. The OBA thanks the Organizing Committee for its untiring efforts in making this a truly memorable tournament.