Bangalore, 2011 - As their CSR initiative, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, part of Bharat Group of Hotels Ltd., organized 'The Lalit Caddies Tournament' at the world's 5th oldest par 72 golf course - The Bangalore Golf Club (BGC).
Dr Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson and Managing Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, inaugurated the event with 100 caddies participating in the tournament.
Citing local lad Chinnaswamy Muniappa’s stirring deeds on the golf course, who too started as a caddie before becoming a professional golfer, Dr Suri, said: “As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility we are glad to organize such an event for the caddies. Caddies turned professional golfers like Munniappa, Ali Sher and Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia have put India on the world golfing map. It’s truly inspiring to see golfers like Muniappa who started on a humble note, and have made it to the top echelons of the golfing fraternity. The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group has teed off this event to convey the spirit of never giving up, and to believe in ones ability.”
Dr Suri thanked BGC and caddies for their support and participation. She further said: “A caddy’s constant guidance is the shadow of a player’s victory. Their knowledge about the course and game enables them to advise the players on various strategies useful for a particular hole. Caddies efforts are commendable and we have created this platform to boost their morale. Just like a caddy provides motivation to a player, we take this opportunity to support and motivate them. This is The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group’s first caddies tournament in Bangalore and we determine to make this tournament an annual event for the caddies of Bangalore.”
Mr Kiran Basappa, Secretary, BGC, thanked Dr Suri and The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group for sponsoring this event for the caddies. Mr Basappa said: “This is the first time that a corporate has sponsored a golf game for the caddies and not for corporates or professional golfers. It’s indeed a very humbling experience.”
The various awards for the tournament included: cash prizes for winners in three categories- Pro-Caddy, Rs. 20,000; Senior-Caddy, Rs. 15,000; and Junior-Caddy, Rs. 10,000. Runners-up were given away trophies.
Nayaz Pasha- winner with 41 points; received a cash award of Rs. 20,000 and won a trophy for the longest drive.
Raju- runner up with 39 points and received a trophy.
R T Raju- won with 38 points and was awarded Rs. 15,000.
Shashi Kumar- scored 37 points and was presented with a trophy.
Muniraju N and Siraj were tied at 38 points. Muniraju’s better back9 score made him walk away with a cash prize of Rs. 10,000. Siraj received a trophy.