Golf Club, region’s premier sports and entertainment hub, is in the mild grip of the yearly ritual of electing a new executive body. Though the polls are scheduled for April, the golfing fraternity looks forward to the excitement.
The greens are abuzz with the probable candidates. Things are hazy, so far. Last year’s run-up was intense and mired in unnecessary mudslinging, charges and counter-charges of wrongdoings and impropriety. The best side, though, won as always happens in free and fair elections. The performance of the governing committee during the year has been above par. The captain and his team have taken pains to lay a turf commensurate with the expectations of the golfing fraternity. Pro-active initiatives towards regular coring and top dressing of the 7-plus kilometres of fairways, and cleaning the rough areas of garbage, undergrowth and fallen trees have been phenomenal.
GOOD EFFORT FOR CHILDREN
The management deserves a thumbsup for a meaningful promotion of junior golf. Six junior tournaments and regular golf coaching camps were organised. The commissioning of a junior golf practice range (for children exclusively) was a major accretion to the course. We have numerous budding young golfers making a mark on the national and international circuits. Leading the pack are Karandeep Kocchar, Hunar Mittal, Aadil Bedi, Vasundhara Thiara, Jaiveer Sandhu, Tavlen Batra, and Amikul Panaich. They have shown the calibre and commitment to become world-class golfers. Another highlight has been the coaching camp for senior citizens, conducted by Arjuna awardee Harmeet Kahlon, an effort to ensure that veterans don’t lose sheen of the craft and they continue to skin the youngsters.
The CGC won the pentangular tournament involving top five golf clubs of the region. IPS Mann represented the national seniors in China. Club representative colonel SDS Baath is heading to South Africa to participate in Volvo Super Series. Jeev Milkha Singh, Asian team captain for the Eurasia event, continues to win credits on the international stage.
Sponsored tournaments at the club greens have a special flavour . SPS Ghai, captain of the course, has ensured a balanced participation of the members in these tournaments through a transparent system of nomination. He also goes out of his way to demand additional slots from the sponsoring authorities to adjust maximum members. The club tambola , a regular weekly event, has become a rage , thanks to Dr Kocchar, the entertainment and media member. Attractive prizes for the participants of this “intellectual” sport has made tambola an irresistible weekly date.
On the flip side, the CGC has struggled to change with times. With a phenomenal footfall on its turf, the club sadly sticks to the vintage system of traffic management on rush days.
A deliberate thrust on minimising hold-ups to enforce a uniform, steady play is an urgent need. The marshal, though courteous, is too soft in approach, whereas he should be a feared functionary. The dress code, both on course and in the club house, remains a moot point and requires ruthless adherence.
All in all, the present committee has functioned like a well-oiled outfit. Birinder Singh Gill, the affable president, is due to finish his successful stint of two consecutive terms in April. The scuttlebutt is that his deputy, club vicepresident IPS Mann, is spearheading the coming contest. The identity of gentlemen who can give him a fight is kept under wraps. We hope the contest is healthy and not inclined to be pugnacious.