Golf Tournament held to mark birth anniversary of HM the Fourth Druk Gyalpo

His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck awards prizes to the winners of the 2021 India House Golf Tournament on 4 December

SONAM PENJOR

Thimphu

To mark the auspicious birth anniversary celebrations of the His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, the India House Golf Tournament is held annually since 1995. This year, the junior’s tournament was held on 7 November 2021 and the main tournament was held from 24 to 28 November.

The junior’s category is also held alongside the main tournament to celebrate the Coronation Ceremony of His Majesty the King.

The prize distribution ceremony for the India House Golf Tournament this year was held at the Embassy of India, Thimphu on 4 December. The Chief Guest of the function was His Royal Highness Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck.

The event was also attended by Dasho Palden Y. Thinley, Dasho Ugen Junay Wangchuck as well as Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji, and Lt. General Batoo Tshering, Chief Operations Officer of the Royal Bhutan Army.

Speaking at the function, Indian Ambassador,   Ruchira Kamboj, highlighted the role of India House Golf Course in furthering sporting links between the two countries and augmenting the people to people ties which lie at the heart of the India-Bhutan friendship.

The press release from the Indian Embassy states that the 2021 edition witnessed the participation of 195 golfers from across Bhutan! Out of these, 33 golfers below the age of 20 participated in the junior’s category.

Dasho Ugen Junay Wangchuck, the youngest golfer of the tournament at seven years, was the first to tee-off at the India House Golf Tournament 2021 whereas the oldest golfer was 80.

Dasho Ugen Junay Wangchuck was closely followed by 12-year-old Tenzin Biddha. Norbu Wangmo and Dorji Wangmo won the junior girls category and Tandin Wangchuk and Sonam Tamang won in the junior boy’s category.

The Champion of the India House Golf Tournament 2021 was Tshering Dorji Rai, who took home a cash prize of Nu 250,000. The overall gross winner of the tournament Budha Singh Tamang won a cash prize of Nu 150,000.

The 2021 edition saw participation of five women golfers, the maximum ever in any edition of the India House Golf Tournament.

To promote golf among women in Bhutan and to make the game more inclusive, this year the best woman golfer was being given a special prize of Nu 100,000 and the second best woman golfer was being given a prize of Nu 25,000.

The press release further states that the edition also saw the introduction of a ‘Caddie Category’ to recognize the hard work and skills of support staff in other golf courses in Bhutan – the Royal Thimphu Golf Club, the Drakpoi Golf Club and the Haa Nature Park Golf Club.

An official from the Indian Embassy said that there were 26 golfers over the age of 60 who played in the tournament and put up a tough fight. To recognize their skills and passion for the game, the best golfer in this age – group was given a prize under the ‘Veteran Category’.

“In addition, a ‘Super – Senior Citizen Category’ prize was also given to the most experienced and spirited golfer above 75 years of age,” said an official.

To encourage young and upcoming golfers of future, an official further said that the Embassy had a separate ‘Amateur Category’. Ten young golfers participated in this category, and the competition was intense!

Meanwhile, Pema Chenzom won the Best Woman Golfer prize and Jamyang Lhamo was the Second Best Woman Golfer of the tournament.