By Kirti Patil
Pune: C. S. Deepak emerged winner in the top rated 0–12 handicap category as HSBC India wrapped up the finale of the first edition of the HSBC Golf League in Pune, which was attended by cricket legend Kapil Dev at the picturesque Oxford Golf Resort on the outskirts of the city, strategically situated in the valley of the Sahayadri ranges.
Rakesh Rajora won the 13 to 18 handicap category on a sunny Saturday, perfect for playing golf.
HSBC, one of the leading global banks, in partnership with Thriwe, a leading benefits platform company, hosted the finale of the first edition of the HSBC Golf League., which comprised four regional legs that were played across four cities—New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Mumbai. They were played between players who were a mix of amateurs and professionals from different parts of the country.
In the finale, 72 enthusiastic golfers from across the country competed. The winner was rewarded with Hexagon Suite Hospitality passes at the next HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore.
The HSBC Golf League is the first-ever tech-driven platform that was launched last year to enable golf enthusiasts from around the country to play with professionals. It includes a collection of compelling features like the latest golf updates, exclusive blog posts on how to improve your game, networking features for people to connect with other golfers, and junior golf coaching lessons.
Present at the event, Jaswinder Sodhi, Head, Customer Proposition, Digital & Marketing, Wealth & Personal Banking, HSBC India, said: “It was a delight to host so many passionate golfers and enthusiasts at this event, including our former Indian cricket captain. Through this initiative, we envision building a colossal community of golf connoisseurs who will get to connect on a course, foster new professional relationships, and have a chance to exhibit their sporting forte.”
“Being a part of the HSBC Golf League Finale has been a wonderful experience. I have always been a firm believer in the power of sports, and this initiative, powered by HSBC and Thriwe, is a great example of how technology can be leveraged to foster a community of golf enthusiasts across the country. It is heartening to see such overwhelming participation from golfers across the country. I hope this platform continues to inspire more and more people to take up the sport and enjoy the camaraderie it brings.” Kapil Dev said after the prize distribution ceremony.
Sharing his thoughts on the HSBC Golf League initiative, Dhruv Verma, Founder CEO of Thriwe said, “We have always supported golf and will continue to do so. We are thrilled and delighted to have completed 1 series of HSBC Golf League as a technology partner for HSBC and have been successful in redefining the way to look at the golf ecosystem.”
Dhruv further expounded how golf has always acted as a bridge of communication and corporate networking for his own business endeavours so far. He believes this exclusive partnership with HSBC would surely contribute to revolutionising golf tournaments across the country and attracting more and more attention to golf as a sport. The platform has been very well accepted by the golfers, and now, with new updates every season it is going to be even more interactive and easy for the users.
0-12 handicap category: C S Deepak
13-18 handicap category: Rakesh Rajora
19 & Above handicap category: Praveen Agarwal
Best Gross: Atul Almal