Handmade trophies bring art of rural Odisha to golfing arena

Bhubaneswar: Trophies for the achievers at Mahanadi Coalfields Invitational Golf Cup tournament held at Bhubaneswar Golf Club were different from usual, catching eyes to appreciate the idea of Make in ‘Rural’ India.

The trophies with 10-inch-tall handmade brass metal sculpts were cynosure of all eyes under the artificial lights at the glittering prize distribution ceremony organised by the BGC last evening.

Created by local dhokra artists from a remote village in Bargarh district, the fusion art of coal miners wearing mining helmet on head and carrying a golf set in yellow metal placed on wooden platforms were projecting rich rural and tribal heritage of Odisha.

The open individual tournament on stroke play format, sponsored by coal major Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), was a three-day event witnessing 127 golfers participating in the categories of seniors, ladies and amateurs from various golf clubs of eastern parts of the country.

The awards were presented by Mr Asit Kumar Tripathy, IAS, Development Commissioner / Additional Chief Secretary,Government of Odisha and Mr K R Vasudevan, Director (Finance) /(Personnel), MCL along with Mr N Rajasekhar, General Manager (Finance), Tapan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, BGC.

The event was conducted by Captain of BGC Mr Dalbir Singh, who also won the championship prize.

While Mr Pradeep Barik from Gevera Golf Club (CG) won the best gross, Mr Asit Tripathy was Runner-up in zero to 16 handicap category. Mr Ranvijay Singh won in the category of handicap 17 to 24 while Lukhi Swain was the runner up.

In the seniors category, Dr Kedar Dash was winner and Air Marshal J N Burma cameo runner up. Ms Raunashka Jena was the winner in the ladies category.

The prizes for closest-to-pin, straightest drive and the longest drive were bagged by Mr Prashant Kumar Jena, Mr Pradeep Barik and Mr Mayank Tripathy respectively.


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