Mayukh Ray, Hotel General Manager, Gagan Kutir, Bengal Ambuja and Nikita Biswas of Tollygunge Club won the Men’s and Women’s Longest Drive Challenge competition respectively at the Tata Docomo Business Services Eco Park Corporate Golf Championship, organized for the first time by HIDCO at the Eco Park Golf Arena on Saturday. The tournament met with resounding success as more than 200 amateur golfers representing 150 corporates, thronged the city’s newest Golf destination. Among key dignitaries present were Mr. Debasis Sen, Chairman, HIDCO.
Mayukh Ray recorded a mammoth drive of 296 yards in the final to beat Tony Das who recorded a longest drive of 284 yards. Mayukh in fact was in top form, having recorded an even longer drive of 302 yards, the longest of the day, in the run up to the finals. He said after the win, “ this is an excellent initiative by HIDCO. This has enabled a lot of golfers to continue playing golf, especially to the residents of this area. A very good and positive ambience.”
Nikita Biswas in the Women’s event drove the golf ball 207 yards to overcome the challenge of Samparna Saha who managed a best driving distance of 176 yards in the final.
Speaking on behalf of the tournament hosts, Mr. Debasis Sen, Chairman, HIDCO, said, “The state government is committed to make the city and New Town in particular, the most business friendly destination in the country. The Eco Park Golf Arena, with future plans of making it the regions best Golfing resort, is a step in that direction. We thank all the tournament sponsors and participants for making this tournament such a resounding success and hope to hold more such initiatives throughout the year.”
Commenting on behalf of the title sponsors, Mr. Vishal Bhat, Regional Operations Head for North & East (SME), Tata Docomo Business Services, said, “We are very happy to be associated with this excellent initiative in the heart of Kolkata’s newest business hub. Many congratulations to all the winners of the day. Golf has great history and tradition associated with the city of Kolkata and so does the Tata brand. Given the commonalities, Tata Docomo Business Services would continue to endeavor to grow and spread the game in the city in times to come.”
Apart from the Men’s and Women’s categories, there were two more categories in the tournament. The pair of Rajiv Roy and Anupama Dasgupta representing eRevmax Technologies won the Mixed Doubles event, with a combined average driving distance of 232 yards, while the Veterans (above 50) event was won by the former IG of the Coast Guard, KS Sheoran who drove the golf ball for a distance of 244 yards.
Among leading corporates represented at the event in terms of participation were the likes of Cognizant, TCS, IBM, Tata Steel, Yes Bank, Mahindra, IXIA, Infinity, SREI, Accenture, HSBC, SIDDHA, Atos, eRevmax, ONGC, Deloitte, Web Spiders, Tractors India, Godrej, Mjunction and Capgemini.