It has been a very memorable 7 days of Indo American golf Worldwide. Last week we kicked off the 2018 IAGA Tour at Yocha De He golf course. It was a fantastic event attended by a record 72 players.
This week an equally grand happening took place in Mexico City as the World Golf Championships tee'd it up with the BEST golfers in the World battling for the top spot. We proudly share our association with Shubanker Sharma, and being a small part of his journey towards the PGA tour and the success he is exhibiting worldwide. We share it to let you know that IAGA is all about promoting and supporting our community through the game of golf. We touch many people in many ways. YOU are the key to our reach and our success!!!! IAGA is the vehicle that is available to all members to touch our global community beyond just showing up to play tournaments. If you have a desire, bring it to us.
With a strong push from our very own Pradeep Bakshi, IAGA partnered with the IAPGA (Indo American Professional Golf Association) starting in 2014, to conduct the Northern California competition for the Indian pro's that make the US circuit every year. IAGA has now helped conduct 3 such events and look forward to many more.
The goal of the IAPGA is to raise awareness of the potential that Indian golfer hold. They just need support and funding to achieve success at the PGA level. With each circuit in the US, enough funds are raised to send 2 of the circuit players to the Web.com qualifying school.
This is a long about way of saying we are proud and soooooooo excited that one of the circuit players, Shubankar Sharma, has achieved the level of success he has. It was riveting to see him leading over the past 3 days and be on the leaderboard all the way till the final few holes. Great pride exudes when Golf Channel and NBC commentators take Shubankar Sharma's name in the same breath as Phil Mickelson and Justin Thomas. The youngest participant of any type in a WGC event. We look forward to being able to have this level of interest every week as we watch Shubankar's progress. What's next?? The Masters?? Oh Yeah!!!!
With that as the backdrop, it is time to share our very own Shubankar Sharma's successes from the IAGA Yocha De He Tournament of Champions shootout event. At the end of the day we all know that we all view ourselves no less than the Pro's. We just don't happen to have enough time to practice else we would show them a thing or two. But we can sure compete against our own Phil's and Justin's and Tigers. Here are our World Class amateur highlights and results:
- 13 new members
- IAGA now has more than 120 members. The highest in Club history. We started with 4 guys with a vision 21 years ago.
- With an amazing Low Gross 78 on tough, cold, windy conditions after being 7 over in 11 holes, VISHAL WADHWA finished one under in his finishing holes for the top GROSS prize. Wow...Wow!!!!
- Domination by the newcomers in 2 of the 3 flights.
- Congrats ASHISH BHATNAGAR (new member) who takes the MAHARAJA flight with a NET Even Par 72.
- Congrats DINESH C. PATEL for squeaking out the win in the always competitive TIGER flight with a NET 71.
- Congrats MADHAV NARSIMHAN (new member) for a strong Net 67 performance in the COBRA flight.
- Congrats to junior PRATAAP MOHAN for winning the Tournament of Champions Shootout with a NET 69 and beating out all the "uncle's" who also qualified for the TOC. (for the newcomers, you qualify for the TOC by finishing in the Top 2 in any regular season stroke play event as well as match play events)
- Closest to the Pin was won by MUNISH MEHTA
- Long Drive was won by FELIX MANICKAM (new member)
- Lots of skins won by many.
As the IAPGA was an unknown and we really don't see the impact of these initiatives till much later, we had another unique initiative launch at Yocha. THE CHARITY CHALLENGE was inaugurated by our very own PREET AULAKH. What is important for our members to know is IAGA vets these initiatives in advance. We bring them to you so you can do the most good for the community, the membership, the juniors, and our extended reach into the community. It is heartwarming when our members get behind and support these events vs. doubting the intent of the initiative. There is nobody who is benefitting in any adverse way by these. Get behind them with good feeling if you have the desire.
Thanks to all who joined the PREET AULAKH CHARITY CHALLENGE. This challenge was put forth by Preet in an effort to raise funds for charities at every event. The intent is pure as evidenced by the rules of the challenge. Any member can stake as much $$$ as they want. The goal is to BEAT PREET AULAKH on the day of the event with your NET score compared to his NET Score. If you beat Preet, Preet will pay you AND donate an equal amount to charity. 50% to the Charity of his choice and 50% to an IAGA chosen charity. If you lose to PREET, 100% of your loss is provided to charity in the same manner. So at the end of the day, the CHARITY wins.
All stakes and payouts will be processed through IAGA so as to eliminate any concerns about authenticity. We will provide final results of the Charity Challenge in a separate email. Join the next challenge. You have nothing to lose and a lot to feel good about.
The 2018 IAGA Tour is now officially kicked off. Congrats to all our winners from Yocha.
Here comes our next stop .....Coyote Creek Tournament Course. Hope to see you there.