Friday, January 25th, 2019 dawned clear and cool, it was the day of the Prestige SJBHS OBA Golf Tournament 4.0, a day that all Josephite golfers had long awaited. By 11.00 AM the golfers who had registered, the three PGTI professional golfers, volunteers who hadcome to provide support for the event, and the referees were in Golfshire. The players made their way to the change room -where goody bags awaited –emerging for breakfast in matching T-shirts proudly displaying the school logo. By 11.45 AM, the school song was sung, the tournament briefing done by Sagar Muthappa and referee Kaveri Thammana, all the players drove to their respective tee boxes and the game started in earnest.
Five hours later everyone was back in the clubhouse, handing in the scorecards and chilling over beverages and finger food. After changing for an evening of fun and camaraderie with spouses and other non-golfers who had come to party to experience fellowship, live music with Ajit Nambiar’s band “Strange Brew”, prize distribution and dancing, the scorecards were tabulated and the prize distribution got underway by 9.30 PM.The Inter House Fr Hedwig DaCosta Rolling Trophy was won by St David’s with 325 points. The Inter Batch Fr Dennis Coelho Rolling Trophy was won by the Class of 88, individual prizes for seniors Winner -Kishore Rao & Runners-up Bala Thambiah. The Open category winner -Tarun Kunzru & Runners-up Jawad Ayaz. Gold Category winner-Ananda Ranga Moola & Runners-up Amitabh Poddar. Silver Category Winner -Torun Mathias & Runners-up Dev Patel. Bronze Category Winner –C S Madappa & Runners-up Noaman Razack. Generous prizes sponsored for winners and runners up, comprising 43-inch flat panels TVs, designer watches, gift coupons, and sundry gifts. In addition, winners of on-course prizes and putting and chipping contests also walked away with stunning prizes. The results and photographs which were uploaded were shared with all participants, all of whom have promised to come for the tournament next year, which has been confirmed to be on Saturday January 18, 2020. The OBA thanks the Razack brothers for their generosity in sponsoring the event and Prestige Golfshire for assisting with another flagship event. The OBA appreciates and acknowledges the contribution of individuals and companies: Venkat Vardhan -DNA , Jimmy Anklesaria, KURLON, Sandeep Maini, Ravi and Ashwin Pai -Century Builders, Gaurav Hinduja -Capital Float, Sanjay Wadhwa -Nash Industries, Prasanth Sakhamuri, Legacy Builders, Surin Automobiles, Anixter, Nikhil Nayak, BanyanTree Advisors, D M Purnesh –Not Just Wine and Cheese, Barton’s –for sponsoring the trophies and medals for winners and runner-up.
We reiterate our view that there is no other alumni golf event like this in the country. It only reaffirms our bonds of friendship and camaraderie, at a world class venue with first class hospitality. The OBA places on record appreciation to our organizing sub-committee. Deepak Krishnankutty, Nishant Gurjer, Sameer Gurjer, Cornrad D’mello, Shashi Lewis, Brian D’Lima, Arjun Nambisan, Sagar Muthappa and George Ollapally produced a stunning hole in one for the fourth successive year! Fide Et Labore!