Last month the 15th annual Drive Against Cancer fundraising event for the Indian Cancer Society was held at Delhi Golf Club and the winning pair from the tournament won an incredible all expense paid trip to the World Amateur Golfers Invitational, in Phuket, Thailand from Nov 5-11th where the tournament saw 490 golfers from 40 countries participate.
The winners from the Drive Against Cancer event – the Indian pair of KK Sindhu and Bipin Bajaj – finished an amazing tied 3rd in the pairs competition from over 100 different pairs from across the world. They played consistently to their handicaps over the testing four day – 72 hole competition played on four different championship golf courses of Phuket, ending only 3 srokes behind the winning team from USA.
The courses played were Red Mountain, Aquella, Blue Canyon ( Lakes course) and Laguna Phuket, each one providing different playing conditions and with different caddies each day forcing the players to adapt to varying green speeds and grasses each day, while receiving little or no local advice.
The strokeplay format over 72 holes is something most club golfers have never experienced before and tested their concentration and resilience since unlike matchplay or stableford formats, there is just no letting up on any shot in strokeplay.
A huge credit to the Indian pair of KK Sindhu and Bipin Bajaj who did India proud among strong competition from around the world.